Most children love sweets. Two just-released Hanukkah stories centered on the kitchen serve up a portion of holiday fun.


The Boston Chocolate Party

By Tami Lehman-Wilzig and Rabbi Deborah Prinz
Illustrated by Fede Combi

It's December 1773 and time to celebrate Hanukkah. Joshua Mendes is excited to light the menorah, eat fried dough bunuelos, and taste the new hot chocolate drink he and his family have been making to sell to curious colonists. 

But he's also a bit sad, because times are tough and his best friend moved away amid a brewing fight for American independence.

The friends find a way to share their love of their favorite holiday and love of chocolate together, while also working toward a better future for their families. 

End notes provide background about the Boston Tea Party, a brief explanation of the holiday of Hanukkah, and a description of America's first Jews, predominantly settlers from Spain and Portugal who came to escape religious persecution and to find religious freedom and economic opportunity.

Includes recipes for Colonial-style hot chocolate and bunuelos.



A Donut in Time: A Hanukkah Story (Saralee Siegel, 3) 

By Elana Rubinstein
Illustrated by Jennifer Naalchigar

Saralee Siegel can do extraordinary things with her super-nose. But when a smell cloud sends her back in time, she could lose everything.

Saralee is stunned to learn that she's not the only one in the family with a superpower. Her great-grandmother Gigi also had a magical sense of smell. And when Saralee makes Gigi's Hanukkah donut recipe, the scent creates a portal in time. 

Soon Saralee finds herself face-to-face with a young Gigi--and she's not the fierce, unstoppable person Saralee imagined. Gigi's ready to give up on her dreams. Saralee needs to help her find courage, or the future will be changed forever!

This is the third book in the Saralee Siegel chapter book series.