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Read Right Now! Hanukkah


09/02/2021 | Holidays & Seasons, Reading Ready

Hanukkah in Alaska, by Barbara Brown and winner of the 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Award, is the story of what Hanukkah is like for a little girl living during a long, cold Alaskan winter. For her, daylight only lasts for five hours each day and she doesn't have squirrels or rabbits in her backyard, she has a moose! Can she convince the moose to leave her trees and her swing alone? You can listen to Hanukkah in Alaska right now, read aloud by Molly Ephraim.

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Talk!

After listening to the story, talk about some of the things that happened in it.

  • What animals do you think live in Alaska?
  • Why do people in Alaska have to look out for moose? What should they do if they come across one?
  • There is only five hours of daylight in Alaska in the winter. Would you like it to be dark that much?
  • What do they call everywhere else that is not Alaska?
  • What does the moose do in the backyard?
  • What things does she try to get the moose to leave?
  • What holiday is the family celebrating?
  • What do they see up in the sky?

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Read!

Click on one of the book covers below and listen to more Hanukkah stories read aloud.

Antlers with CandlesBiscuit's Hanukkah

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You can use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books, audiobooks, and other streaming content about Hanukkah from home, right to your device. See our digital Hanukkah collection from Axis 360 Kids and OverDrive Kids, or come visit us!

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Sing!

Join Robert and the Theatre Troupe at the Miami Children's Museum to learn about Hanukkah traditions, "the festival of lights", and the dreidel - then sing along with them to celebrate!



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Write!

Find some crayons or makers to color a picture, practice writing the letters, or see if you can follow your way through a maze without getting stuck.


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Play!

Take a walk and read a story as you go! We invite you to visit StoryWalk® in Ruckle Street Park at 3025 Ruckle Street. Stroll through the park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Or Skip. Or gallop!


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8 Nights of Bedtime Stories for Hanukkah

Here are 25 wonderful Hanukkah stories - so many you can read more than one each night!

All-of-a-kind Family Hanukkah

Jenkins, Emily

In 1912 New York, Gertie feels left out when her mom and her older sisters cook Hanukkah dinner, until her Dad comes home and asks her help him with something very important. 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner; On both the Ultimate List of Children’s Books About Hanukkah & Hanukkah Books for Interfaith Families from PJ Library.

Light the Menorah!

A Hanukkah Handbook

Jules, Jacqueline

In this Hanukkah handbook for the contemporary Jewish family, holiday history, rituals, activities, songs, and recipes provide tools for creating meaningful family moments in the light of the menorah. Includes brief reflections to read aloud before reciting the candle-lighting blessings on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. 2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book for Older Readers.

Meet the Latkes

Silberberg, Alan

Lucy family is a family of potato pancakes who light the menorah, gobble the gelt, and listen to Grandpa tell the everyone Hanukkah story. A selection from PJ Library's Ultimate List of Children’s Books About Hanukkah.