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 swing alone by sharing a Hanukkah treat? You can listen to Hanukkah in Alaska right now, read aloud by Molly Ephraim.

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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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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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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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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 some wonderful Hanukkah stories - so many you can read more than one each night!

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah

Perl, Erica S.

"Max and Rachel have just moved to a new apartment, but they can’t find any of their Hanukkah stuff. With help from their new neighbors, they do their best to celebrate, even though “it didn’t feel quite like Hanukkah.” On the ninth night, they decide to celebrate “shamash night,” thanking all the helpers in their building." (2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Picture Book)

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah

Kimmelman, Leslie

"The eight knights of Hanukkah are charged by Lady Sadie to go out and perform “deeds of awesome kindness and stupendous bravery” before the Hanukkah celebration that evening. A little silly and very sweet, this punny title is a wonderful story of performing mitzvot for others and celebrating Hanukkah." (2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Picture Book)

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.