early literacy,  Hanukkah,  Holidays,  Winter

Books to help you celebrate Hanukkah

In my opinion, the best way to introduce new concepts to young children is through books.  Whether Hanukkah is a new holiday or a near and dear one, these books will be favorites in your classroom celebration.  All links are Amazon affiliates.

 Latke, The Lucky Dog is told from the dog’s point of view – what preschooler can resist that? The illustrations and text work together to introduce new vocabulary words in a way that feels natural and flows with the story.

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein is not exactly a Hanukkah book.  It’s a book about a little girl who’s family is Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah even though she really wants to celebrate Christmas.  This is the perfect book for children who are struggling to understand why different families celebrate different holidays, and how to appreciate their own families’ traditions.

My First Chanukah is a basic little board book that explains the holiday in a way that is simple and easy for little ones to understand. Plus, it’s from the legendary Tomie DePaola so you really can’t go wrong with this one.

The Night Before books are often my favorite for helping children learn about an upcoming event. Whether it is The Night Before Kindergarten, or in this case The Night Before Hanukkah, these books have a way of helping children prepare for new adventures.

If you’re looking for more books for winter holidays check out the Christmas favorites that I posted yesterday, and be sure to check back tomorrow for some great books about Kwanzaa!

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