Hanukkah Gift Ideas

Unsure of what to get your children or grandchildren for Hanukkah this year? How about the gift of a book. The shared experience of reading is a gift that no child will ever forget. The following titles are new picture and board books that we’ve added to the collection. They are available to purchase at any local bookstore or online. You can also borrow them from the Temple library.

For the youngest children in your family there are quite a few board books that are new this year. They include: 

  • Hanukkah lights by David Martin. This book is a nice simple introduction to the holiday.
  • Hanukkah lights, Hanukkah nights by Leslie Kimmelman. An engaging story of family during the Hanukkah season, great for the littlest member of the family.
  • Chanukah present for : ME! By Lily Karr. I love this book! It looks just like a present! It features simple images of the holiday. It’s a great gift!

Of course there are tons of picture books that are available.

  • Hanukkah : a counting book in English, Hebrew and Yiddish by Emily Sper. Wonderful illustrations and the bonus of being in three languages to introduce children to the languages that Jewish people use.
  • When Mindy saved Hanukkah by Eric Kimmel. The story of Hanukkah is retold through immigrants eyes. This book offers children a glimpse into the world of newly immigrant Jews.
  • Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser. The true meaning of the holiday and sharing is shown in this wonderfully illustrated book.

For older children we have two new early readers.

  • Rabbi Rocketpower and the mystery of the missing Menorahs: a Hanukkah humdinger by Susan Abramson. Very funny, super hero rabbi to the rescue!
  • Hanukkah lights: holiday poetry. Selected by Lee Bennet Hopkins.Simple poems and lovely illustrations.


So take the time to read to your child this holiday season. Books make wonderful presents and can open up the world to our children.