Hanukkah Is Coming!

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

Readers join a cute family and their dog as they light the menorah, eat latkes, unwrap gifts, sing songs, play dreidel, eat chocolate Hanukkah gelt, and march like Maccabees during the eight nights of Hanukkah in this cute 12-page board book. Includes “3D-feeling”art by Viviana Garofoli.

Introduce young children to Jewish life, Jewish holidays, and Shabbat with Very First Board Books.

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Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017110, JUV033020
Dewey 200
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5
Lexile 300
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Jewish Book Council

“This is a cheerfully illustrated board book written in rhyme with meter that properly scans. Each three line stanza shares an aspect of Hanukkah and ends with the line ‘Hanukkah is coming’, building excitement and glee. The final page satisfyingly ends with the line ‘Hurray! Hanukkah is here!’ A fun addition to the shelf for the very young who want to turn the pages themselves.” — Jewish Book Council

AJL Newsletter

“This is a nice, fresh addition for holiday board book collections, preschool classrooms, and for gift giving.” — AJL Newsletter

The Horn Book Magazine

“the ‘Hanukkah is coming’ refrain, coupled with simple, child-friendly rhymes, is reassuring, and effectively builds anticipation for the Festival of Lights.” — Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly

“The title repeats as a refrain after each of Newman’s gentle rhymes, giving the book a soothing structure” — Publisher’s Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Garofoli’s richly colored cartoon illustrations contribute to the playfulness of the story. A joyful and sweet introduction to the holiday.” — Kirkus Reviews

Author: Tracy Newman

Tracy Newman has written numerous books for children, including Itzhak: A Boy who Loved the Violin, which won a Schneider Family Honor. Her writing inspiration comes from her adventures raising her children. She lives in Connecticut.

Illustrator: Viviana Garofoli

Viviana Garofoli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. A graduate of Escuela National de Bellas Artes Pridiliano Pueyrredon with a degree in fine arts, she has illustrated more than 70 children's books, including Peek-A-Boo Passover and the board book series A Jewish Holiday is Coming!