Usually, I write reviews of Jewish books – for kids and adults – here on this blog (Adventures in MamaLand). But I also have a blog called Write Kids’ Books, specifically for children’s book writers. Sometimes, there’s some crossover and I’m not sure where to post something.
When I took a children’s picture-book writing course earlier this year, I had to research “comps” – comparable books on a similar topic. Since I was writing a Chanukah book, I decided to research what else was out there in the world of Chanukah books. I chose these books almost at random, but I think it’s a good assortment of what’s out there.
Over on my writing blog, I’ve shared a short analysis of each of these books.
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
- Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah, by Linda Glasser, illustrated by Nancy Cote
- Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, by Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland
- Chanukah Lights, by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Robert Sabuda
- Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story, written and illustrated by Naomi Howland
- The Story of Hanukkah, by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber
- Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah, by Sylvia A. Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn
- Biscuit's Hanukkah, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
- Elmo’s Little Dreidel, by Naomi Kleinberg, illustrated by Christopher Moroney
- Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas, by Margaret Moorman
- Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap, by Deborah Bodin Cohen, illustrated by Shahar Kober
- Battle for Torah: The Message of Hanukkah, by Kay Kindall, illustrated by Neil Kindall
I hope you’ll head over there and take a look – and maybe discover a couple of new favourites. (I’ve also included two of my own Chanukah books for kids. I hope you’ll check these ones out, too.)