’Twas the eighth day of Hanukkah. (Chanukah? Well, it’s easy to celebrate, harder to spell.) The table was covered in relics of wax, and presents long-opened were sitting in stacks. The gelt was just wrappers. The dreidels were spun. The Maccabees’ moment was quite nearly done. Then off near the shelves, there arose such a […]
The Festival of Lights began last night, and I’ve got the latke lunch to prove it. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to (let’s be honest) get smothered in applesauce. Reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine’s 2015 Holiday High Notes and from The Horn Book Guide Online. For more Horn Book Hanukkah recommendations, […]
Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon; illus. by Mark Siegel Primary, Intermediate Roaring Brook 40 pp. 9/15 978-1-59643-949-8 $17.99 In 1938, the last night of Hanukkah coincided with Christmas Eve, and for a young Jewish refugee in Manhattan, both holidays provided blessings. Following Kristallnacht, Oskar’s parents had put him on […]
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz; illus. by David Slonim Primary Levine/Scholastic 32 pp. 9/14 978-0-439-91530-4 $17.99 The American Gothic parody on the first wordless spread — showing Ma and Pa, a boy, a cat…and a menorah — previews this freewheeling volume, part warm family holiday story, part art […]
“Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah / Come eat the menorah…” The Festival of Lights begins at sundown tomorrow, Tuesday, December 16. Here are some recent Hanukkah-themed picture books to enjoy (by candlelight?). Reviews are from The Horn Book Magazine‘s Holiday High Notes and from The Horn Book Guide Online. For more Horn Book Hanukkah recommendations click […]
Hanukkah is here! These picture books, all published in the last several years and recommended by The Horn Book Magazine, will get you in a festive mood for the Festival of Lights. In Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, Sadie describes her family’s December holiday traditions. Daddy Christmas makes latkes for Santa while Hanukkah Mama hangs […]
The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.
Every year in the November/December issue, the Horn Book Magazine presents Holiday High Notes, reviews of recommended new holiday books. The list usually consists of a majority of Christmas books, with a few Hanukkah titles and maybe a couple of Kwanzaa books thrown in. This year, though, there are no Hanukkah books on that list […]