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Books for the Holidays: Hanukkah

The first night of Hanukkah begins Sunday evening. Jewish families all over the world will begin the holiday after nightfall. Traditionally, Jewish families will light the first candle of their Menorah on Sunday after nightfall, as they light the candle they will say three blessings, every night from then on they will recite two blessings. The Menorah has 9 candles, 8 for the 8 nights of Hanukkah and one to be used to light the others.

Hanukkah is a very beautiful and meaningful holiday in Judaism. It commemorates the the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt. If you and our children would like to learn more about Hanukkah you may want to check out this child-friendly history.

This month we want to highlight a book that talks about Hanukkah and what it is like to celebrate it during a time when other religions are also celebrating their holiday. Hanukkah happens in November or December depending on the Gregorian Calendar. This means it can occur before, or during the Christian holidays.The book, Chanukah Lights Everywhere follows a brother and sister through their celebration of Hanukkah, and shows how they notice all of the other celebrations going on around them. The book shows how the many different celebrations are all happening and at once and how they each bring joy and love to their respective followers. It shines a light on the importance of respecting cultures, religions, and allowing for each of them to coexist in peace. This is an excellent book for teaching about not just Hanukkah but also about cultural acceptance and respect. It is an excellent book for the holidays, no matter which holiday you are celebrating this season.

 

Best Books: Peppa Gives Thanks

In our house Peppa Pig is a HUGE favorite. All of my kids love the pig family. Peppa and George are the absolute favorites, but everyone is enjoyable in this sweet pig family. We love the adventures that the books and show take us on as a family. But this year I was incredibly impressed to see that there was a new book for the holiday season.

While the book does not explicitly mention Thanksgiving, which is of course an American holiday while Peppa Pig and her creator are from the UK, the book discusses the idea of being thankful and even culminates with a dinner at the end.

The idea of Thanksgiving in a universal idea; to be thankful and open to sharing our love, gratitude, and compassion with others. Although American’s associate Thanksgiving with the sharing of a meal and a special cooperation between the Puritans and the Native American’s, it is really about the American Ideal: the ability to coexist with other backgrounds and cultures while not losing anything from one’s own background.

Peppa Gives Thanks allows children and parents to make a connection between being thankful and sharing all year long. It shares a meal and an idea to remind others what we are thankful for and to continue that behavior all year long. Parents and kids can even use the card at the end of the book to write down what they are thankful and grateful for. What will you write about?

Best Books: Halloween

Do you have an early reader at home? One of the best series for learning to read, or improving the skills of a new reader is the Pete the Cat books. not only are they easy-to-read for new readers but they are fun and contain themes that are understandable for early readers.

This month we want to highlight the Halloween Pete the Cat. Pete the Cat: Trick or Treat is a fun book for early readers to read alone this holiday or to an older or younger sibling. Younger siblings will also love the fun flaps that surprise the reader with hidden illustrations. Readers can follow Pete as he experiences all the fun of Halloween. It even helps younger kids to understand the spooky elements of Halloween and see it as the fun and surprise that it is meant to be for small children.

This fun early reader book is great for that younger child this Halloween. If you are a fan of Pete the Cat it is a great addition to a growing collection!