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Singable Picture Books for Hanukkah and other Jewish Holidays and Traditions

Posted on: November 26, 2010

At my house, we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.

Celebrate, learn about, and enjoy Hanukkah with Singable Picture Books!
The memory of singing together will last a lifetime.

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dreidel shahar kober
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Shahar Kober

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The Eight Nights of Chanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune, Sing to the Tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas
Words Adapted by Leslea Newman
Illustrated by Elivia Savadier

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Five Little Gefiltes

Traditional Tune (Sing to the tune of “Five Little Ducks”)
Words Adapted by Dave Horowitz
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz

12/15/2011
I’ve been singing “Five Little Gefiltes,” in honor of Hanukkah.  Though it isn’t a Hanukkah song, I love that it celebrates some delightful aspects of Jewish culture, including food, Yiddish, and humor.  This is one of my top favorite Singable Picture Books of all.  Though I’ve sung it many times, it never fails to make me giggle.

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

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hanukkah oh hanukkah ivanov
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukka
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

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Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah Lyric Sheet for the Troop 2740 Girl Scout Songbook
To view or print this lyric sheet, click here:
Hanukkah O Hanukkah GSSLyrics

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SBWE Advent Calendar Hanukkah O Hanukkah
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
Traditional Words and Tune
To view or print the SBWE Singable Advent Calendar sheet for “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” click here:
SBWE Advent Calendar Hanukkah O Hanukkah

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Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Miriam Sagasti

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Hanukkah Festival of Lights: Celebrate With Songs, Decorations, Food, Games, Prayers, and Traditions

Traditional Words and Tunes
Text and Illustrations by Jeffrey A. O’Hare, Arthur Friedman, Mary F. Rhinelander

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Hanukkah Songs and Games Activity Book

Traditional Words and Tunes
By Don Cooper

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honeyky hanukah
Honeyky Hanukah
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Dave Horowitz
With CD Recording by The Klezmatics

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I Have a Little Dreidel
Traditional Tune
Words by Maxie Baum
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

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Before we sing this song, we look at a notebook with images of the masterworks of art parodied by the illustrator in this delightful book!
old lady who swallowed a dreidel
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
Adaptation by Caryn Yacowitz
Illustrated by David Slonim

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Milk and Honey (a Year of Jewish Holidays)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Edited by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Louise August

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On the First Night of Chanukah

Words by Cecily Kaiser
Illustrated by Brian Schatell
(Sing to the tune of “Twelve Days of Christmas”)

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My First Hanukkah Board Book
Traditional Words and Tune
Edited by Clare Lister
Published by DK Publishing, Inc.
ISBN #: 0-7894-7890-0

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Songs of Chanukah
Words and Tunes by Various Artists
Compiled by Jeanne Modesitt
Illustrated by Robin Spowart
Musical Arrangements by Uri Ophir

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Wonders and Miracles (A Passover Companion Illustrated with Art Spanning Three Thousand Years)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Written and Illustrated by Eric A. Kimmel
(This book is has many illustrated songs, prayers and singable poems)

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Addendum, 11/27/2013

Interesting article about the 2013 convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, here:
http://www.ibtimes.com/thanksgivukkah-2013-3-facts-you-need-know-about-thanksgiving-hanukkah-hybrid-holiday-1484988

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Related Articles

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS FOR JEWISH HOLIDAYS
A fun list of books to sing and celebrate Hanukkah!

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/singable-picture-books-for-hanukkah/

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Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah, a Girl Scout Song for Troop 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/hanukkah-oh-hanukka-a-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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HAPPY HANUKKAH 2013
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/happy-hanukkah-2013/

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