December is a month full of special holidays and celebrations all over the world.
Hanukkah, the 8 day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, begins Thursday, December 2.
Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert
“A traditionally Japanese poetic form is used to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah. There’s one haiku for each night, and stepped pages add one candle to the menorah every time the page is turned. The simple poetry is set off perfectly by Karla Gudeon’s vibrant, freewheeling artwork. A perfect gift, or good to reread each year, Hanukkah Haiku is a jubilant, unforgettable journey through the eight nights of Hanukkah.” [JPB ZIEFERT]
Hanukkah Around the World by Tami Lehman-Wilzig
“Introduces Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, and describes how it is celebrated in different areas of the world, including Israel, Istanbul, Italy, Poland, and New York City. Includes glossary and recipes.” [J296.43509 LEHMAN-WILZIG]
Here are some new books you can find at Alameda County Libraries:
Lullaby Moon by Rosie Reeve
“Slowly we wander home, too tired to play, / Sun-kissed and happy from our lovely day.”
After a day full of excitement, a parent and child mouse head home, knowing that the lullaby moon will shine down on them all through the night.
With lyrical text and cuddly pastel illustrations, this is the coziest way to ease into bedtime. [JPB REEVE]
Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas
“The day before her first day in middle school, Griffin Penshine is tricked into accepting a box of lucky pennies from a mysterious old woman. A note in the box explains that the coins are all wishes stolen from a fountain more than 70 years ago. Griffin is now unwillingly a Wish Stealer, and in order to avoid the fate that accompanies that title, she must return the pennies to the original owners or to someone who has a similar desire.” [J TRIVAS]
“Do you have a few flight miles under your wings? Are you looking to test your folding skills on airplanes that will wow your friends? If so, join the ranks in Paper Airplanes, Co-pilot Level 2. From the Air Shark to the Nighthawk, the models in this book will send you soaring to new heights.”
“Are you a frequent flyer? Do you need to practice your folding skills on a new fleet of planes? If so, welcome to Paper Airplanes, Pilot Level 3. From the Needlenose to the D-Wing, the models in this book will give you command of the friendly skies.”
“Are you a flying ace? Do you need a group of gliders that will challenge all of your folding skills? If so, take command with Paper Airplanes, Captain Level 4. From the Fighter Jet to the Screech Owl, the models in this book will prove that youve earned your wings.”
[ J745.592 HARBO]