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Discover our curated list of the best children's books for celebrating the Jewish holidays with your family.
 
Arielle and the Hanukkah Surprise
Arielle and the Hanukkah Surprise
by Devra Newberger Speregen , Shirley Newberger Illustrated by Lena Shiffman

This Hanukkah, Arielle gets to light a candle on the menorah for the first time, in a heartwarming story that introduces very young children to the wonders and traditions of Hanukkah.

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Eight Wild Nights
Eight Wild Nights
by Brian P. Cleary Illustrated by David Udovic

A large family celebrates Hanukkah by cleaning the house, entertaining guests, and preparing delicious food.

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Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story
Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story
by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Robin Spowart
The beloved story of a joyous Hanukkah celebration--reissued in Scholastic Bookshelf paperback!

The Menasche family enjoys a joyous holiday celebration despite a scarcity of food. Includes notes on Hanukkah, a bibliography, a recipe for making latkes, and rules for playing dreidel.
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Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah
Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah
by Michael J. Rosen Illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo

The eight nights of Hanukkah are unlike any others. Hanukkah is a time for prayers, thanksgiving, and the lighting of the menorah. It's also a time to have fun dancing at the temple's big Hanukkah party, to play with dreidels and chocolate coins, and to eat delicious latkes.


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Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah
Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah
by Norman Bridwell Illustrated by Norman Bridwell

Celebrate Hanukkah with Clifford and Emily Elizabeth!

Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are celebrating their first Hanukkah. They love hearing the story of Hanukkah, eating "latkes" (fried potato pancakes) and "sufganiyot" (fried jelly donuts), and playing dreidel.

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Paperback Book: $3.19

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Hoppy Hanukkah!
Hoppy Hanukkah!
by Linda Glaser Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Hanukkah. Simon is ready to light all the candles and then blow them right out! But Mama and Papa explain how to celebrate Hanukkah by lighting one candle each night at sunset and placing the menorah in the window for all to see.

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Passover
Passover
Series: A True Book
by Nancy I. Sanders

For Jewish families, the arrival of spring means it's time to celebrate Passover. This joyous holiday celebrates the long-ago journey of the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in Israel.

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The Secret Seder
The Secret Seder
by Doreen Rappaport Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
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Sammy Spider's First Passover
Sammy Spider's First Passover
by Sylvia A. Rouss Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

Sammy Spider watches longingly as the Shapiro family celebrates Passover. He wants to help Josh find the afikomen (hidden matzah), but his mother reminds him, "Spiders don't celebrate Passover. Spiders spin webs." And his first attempt at spinning a new web yields some surprising results.

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Had Gadya
Had Gadya
Illustrated by Seymour Chwast

Designed to provoke the curiosity of children, Had Gadya is the traditional cumulative song that ends the Passover Seder. Internationally acclaimed artist Seymour Chwast provides a fresh look at Had Gadya with a bright, spring palette in a charming folk-art style.

A must for every Seder table at Passover!

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Elijah's Angel
Elijah's Angel
by Michael J. Rosen Illustrated by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson

A black Christian woodcarver gives a carved angel to a young Jewish friend, who struggles over accepting it until he realizes that it means friendship.

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This Is the Matzah
This Is the Matzah
by Abby Levine Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye

First introduced in This Is the Pumpkin, Max and his family now prepare to celebrate Passover. In cumulative verse reminiscent of "The House That Jack Built," Max and his sister Ruth shop for matzah in the Passover aisle of the grocery store.

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Series: A True Book
by Dana Meachen Rau
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Gershon's Monster
Gershon's Monster
by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Jon J Muth

Gershon was not always the best person he could be. True, the mistakes he made were common, ordinary things: a broken promise, a temper lost for no reason, a little untruth told here and there. But unlike most people, he never regretted them or asked anyone's forgiveness. Why should he?

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Purim
Purim
by Carmen Bredeson
Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from being exterminated by the king, Haman
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The Day the Rabbi Disappeared
The Day the Rabbi Disappeared
by Howard Schwartz Illustrated by Monique Passicot

In this remarkable holiday collection, rabbis famous for their knowledge and special powers bring about miracles, reveal the secret meanings of dreams and names, and contend with angels and enchantments. Each of these tales from around the world combines elements of magic with a link to a Jewish holiday.

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Wonders and Miracles
Wonders and Miracles
by Eric A. Kimmel
In this rich and fascinating compilation, beloved storyteller Eric A. Kimmel presents every element - from beginning to end - of this ancient holiday, through stories, songs, poems, prayers and art.
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Hardcover Book: $13.26

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats
The Trees of the Dancing Goats
by Patricia Polacco Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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Purim Is Coming!
Purim Is Coming!
by Tracy Newman Illustrated by Viviana Garofoli
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Esther's Story
Esther's Story
by Diane Wolkstein Illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
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I Am Jewish American
I Am Jewish American
by Elizabeth Weitzman
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