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Delightful Children’s Books to Celebrate Hanukkah This Year

by Liz Lesnick

It seems to happen every year — no sooner do we finish Thanksgiving than I realize Hanukkah’s right around the corner. Hanukkah is commonly known as the Festival of Lights, but in our family, it has become the Festival of Books. After many years of present shopping mishegoss (Yiddish for craziness), we decided that we would give each other books instead of toys, ties, and tchotchkes (Yiddish for trinkets), and our tradition has made holiday shopping a pleasure.

This year, I’ve discovered some gems that I can’t wait to gift and share with my nieces. Whether it’s your first Hanukkah or your 50th, I hope these books shed a new light on your holiday.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2019.