Welcome to our second annual Hanukkah for Kids blog hop, sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs! Be sure to visit all the participating blogs for ways to share this special time of year with kids. Plus you can find all these and more on our Hanukkah Pinterest board! (And don't miss last year's series!)
Kelly's Classroom on Multicultural Kid Blogs Moms & Crafters The Squishable Baby Kid World Citizen Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes The Book of Life
"HANUKKAH PAST" AND "HANUKKAH YET TO COME"
ON THE BOOK OF LIFE
ON THE BOOK OF LIFE
The Book of Life's very first episode was a Hanukkah Celebration. In December 2005, I interviewed Eric Kimmel about the classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and talked to Rebecca Tova Ben-Zvi about her new book Four Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah. I also got a contributor review of Craig Taubman's CD The Hanukkah Lounge.
This "Joyous Hanukkah" episode included an interview with author Stephen Krensky and illustrator Greg Harlin, creators of the picture book Hanukkah at Valley Forge, as well as an interview with Deborah Heiligman about her nonfiction picture book Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes and Dreidels. I was also very excited to speak with Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora about the Klezmatics CD Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah.
"Hooray for Hanukkah" was the name of this episode. I spoke with artist Ann Koffsky about the snowflake she painted for a cancer charity. Author Sarah Marwil Lamstein and illustrator Neil Waldman talked about their picture book Letter on the Wind: A Chanukah Tale. Musician Kenny Ellis spoke about his jazz album Hanukkah Swings! And Barbara Bietz told us about her chapter book Like a Maccabee.
This episode called "Spin the Dreidel" featured Sylvia Rouss talking about her Sammy Spider series of picture books, which began with Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah. Musician Josh Nelson talked about his role in Craig Taubman's Lights Hanukkah concert and his own CD, Lift. And Rabbi Ilene Schneider discussed her mystery novel, Chanukah Guilt.
The Association of Jewish Libraries created an excellent recommended Hanukkah reading list, and I was happy to blog about it to lead more readers to it.
A Diverse Dozen was a guest post I developed for Multicultural Kid Blogs, in which I highlighted Hanukkah books featuring Jewish characters of color, of disability, Sephardic Jews, and interfaith families.
Most episodes of The Book of Life promote books I've enjoyed. This interview with two Jewish kidlit experts is different: it's a highly critical review of a picture book called Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe.
Mosaic published an opinion piece, "Why Are Jewish Children's Books So Bad?" and I could not let that stand. I wrote a comprehensive response to it, which included a list of recommended Hanukkah titles for children.
Coming Soon! Watch this space for my interview with Joel Ben Izzy, storyteller turned novelist, about his chapter book Dreidels on the Brain. Joel kindly offers that the first five readers who can send him a count of all the ways he spells "Hanukkah" in the book will win a copy of his storytelling CD Lights & Laughter: Joel ben Izzy Spins Hanukkah Tales!