To all those celebrating, Team GCM wishes you a very happy Hanukkah! Do you celebrate Hanukkah? What about your friends or neighbors, do they celebrate Hanukkah? It’s always fun and exciting to learn about our friends, neighbors, and our extended family’s holiday traditions and celebrations that may be different from our own! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah with your friends and family or if you join in on your friends and family’s Hanukkah celebrations, here are resources from our favorite places around the web to get you into the holiday spirit.
- Eight Days of Hanukkah | Peg + Cat: Albert Einstein sings a song with Peg, Cat and their friends about the number that Hanukkah is all about: eight!
- SUPER WHY! FULL EPISODE | Judith’s Happy Chanukah | PBS KIDS: Whyatt is excited to have been invited to Red’s Gramma’s house to celebrate Chanukah, but doesn’t know much about the holiday. To learn more, the Super Readers jump into the book Judith’s Happy Chanukah where they meet Judith, who loves Chanukah so much that she can’t wait to share it with her new friends.
- Arthur + Hanukkah: Learn about and celebrate Hanukkah with Arthur and his friend, Francine! Then watch this clip of their friend Muffy who visits Francine and her family to learn more about their Hanukkah celebrations.
- All About the Holidays – Hanukkah: In this quick 1-minute video, PBS Kids shares the history of Hanukkah and how it’s celebrated!
- Sesame Street: Hanukkah With Veronica Monica: In this video, Elmo learns about Hanukkah from the Hanukkah Channel and host, Veronica Monica!
- 10 Books that Celebrate Hanukkah: From Maccabees to latkes to menorahs, help your child learn about Hanukkah and get in the holiday spirit by reading some of these family-friendly books.
- Shalom Sesame YouTube Channel: From the creators of Sesame Street, Shalom Sesame is a cross-platform media initiative developed to introduce American children to Jewish culture, Hebrew language, and the diversity of Israel.
- Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf – By Greg Wolfe | Kids Books Read Aloud: In this delightfully inventive holiday tale, an elf named Shmelf takes a journey from the North Pole . . . and discovers all the joys of Hanukkah.
- Hanukkah in Alaska read by Molly Ephraim: What’s a girl to do? A moose is parked in her backyard, eating the tree near her favorite blue swing. She tries, apples, carrots, and cookies to get him to leave, but nothing works. Then on the eighth night of Hanukkah, a familiar Jewish tradition provides a solution to the problem.
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague: From the warm glow of holiday candles to the fun of family gatherings, dinosaurs love to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Sometimes the excitement of Chanukah can lead to some unexpected dinosaur behaviors!
- Meet the Latkes Read Aloud with Author Alan Silberberg | Brightly Storytime Together: Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that they’re potato pancakes. And also, they are completely clueless. After lighting the menorah and gobbling the gelt, Grandpa Latke tells everyone the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh.
Parents Magazine Resources
- The Best Hanukkah Trivia for Kids: Why do we celebrate Hanukkah for eight nights? Why are traditional Hanukkah foods usually fried? During the Festival of Lights, impress your family with these eye-opening trivia questions and answers.
- How to Explain the Hanukkah Story to Kids: The first night of Hanukkah 2021 is November 28. Learn all about the history of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the power of light and miracles.
- 21 Hanukkah Songs for Kids: Fill your Hannukah music playlist with these family-friendly songs for a festive eight days and nights!
- 7 Printable Hanukkah Coloring Pages for Kids: Celebrate the Jewish holiday with these printable coloring pages, which feature menorahs, dreidels, latkes, gelt, and other symbols of the Festival of Lights.
Team GCM Creator: Carlynn
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ARPML-250692-OMLS-22
Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, ARPML-250692-OMLS-22