Holiday storytimes always are a bit of a tricky subject to navigate depending on your patrons and the material you choose to use. Storytime Underground has a good summary of avoiding holiday themes all together. That said, the patrons I serve request Christmas and Hannukah storytimes I do both together in one go. Also, I have found it a bit more difficult to find flannel boards highlighting Hanukkah. I’ve managed to find one but am always on the lookout for more. I would love to hear if you have one to share.
The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wislon Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton Eight Days of Hanukkah by Haarriet Ziefert Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin
There is a sizable Jewish population near my library. When I was considering how to organize a December holiday storytime I knew I needed a component highlighting Hanukkah. That, of course, was easier said than done. I have had a difficult time finding material I could use with toddlers that was about Hanukkah. However, I found this flannel board over on Story Time Secrets. Katie Fitzgerald authored it. Like me, she also does a split between Christmas and Hanukkah.
I went down the black hole of internet searches looking for the author of this rhyme and can’t find any attribution. However, I have also seen it titled “Call Rudolph”. Parents get a good chuckle at the last line. It has been quite a few years since I have made this flannel board and I think I used clip art for the pattern to make the reindeer.