Happy Hanukkah!: Giveaway 1 of the 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Susanne Rosenhouse, winner of this giveaway. There are 13 more to enter, so don’t delay!

This week we are giving away a total of 52 Children’s books in 14 separate giveaways!

We kick off this  7 Day, 52-Book Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaway with two books for Hanukkah for one lucky winner. Plus I’m sharing a craft with you to make a Hanukkah card or poster with paper cutouts. Scroll to the bottom for Giveaway Rules.

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah starts Tuesday, December 16 and ends Wednesday December 24, 2014

Book #1


Cover image courtesy of Holiday House

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool & Lower Elementary (Ages 4 – 8)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book
•    Author: Eric Kimmel
•    Illustrator: Trina Schart Hyman
•    Publisher: Holiday House
•    Publication Date: July 1, 2014 (Originally Published September 1, 1994)
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 8 x 10
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $17.95
•    ISBN:978-0823431649

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Hershel and  Menorah, Hyman

© Copyright – Inside image courtesy of Holiday House

25th Anniversary of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Herschel is a man passing through a nearby village on the first night of Hanukkah, and he can’t wait to taste some latkes and celebrate the holiday with the villagers. But once he arrives he is told they do not celebrate Hanukkahin that village because of the goblins who despise Hanukkah and have come to haunt the synagogue. They simply won’t let anyone light the Hanukkah candles, and the only way the goblin spell can be broken is if the candles stay lit all eight nights and if on the eighth night, the king of goblins lights all eight candles himself. Hershel offers to spend time in that synagogue high on the hill all alone for eight nights to face the defiant goblins and try to trick them and break the spell. But how can one man stop all those trouble making goblins?

Extraordinary Storytelling Accompanied by Caldecott Honor Illustrations

This sophisticated story is beautifully told as fairy tale, with descriptive words that flow with catchy dialogue. Hershel, the main character sets out to trick the goblins, and he does so with great wit and patience. Though the story does not teach the true origins of Hanukkah, in the back of the book is a summary of the real story of Hanukkah. The late Tina Schart Hyman was a much celebrated illustrator with a long list of awards. She used watercolors, pen and ink for the illustrations in Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and her work is remarkable; it’s no wonder she won a Caldecott Honor. The way she depicted the gloom of winter, with darkness and shadows in contrast with the flames of the candles on the menorah are extraordinary.

Note: There is considerably more text in Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins  than one would typically find in a picture book for this age group, but this is a special book meant to be read along with your children.

Awards for Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins


  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • Colorado Children’s Book Award
  • Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award

© Copyright – Inside image courtesy of Holiday House

Check out the activity sheets for this title.

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About the Author

eric-kimmelEric Kimmel has published more than fifty books for children. His many prestigious awards include the National Jewish Book Award, the Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Caldecott Honor for Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. A former college professor, Eric taught classes in children’s literature and elementary language arts methods at Portland State University in Oregon until 1993, when he became a full-time writer.  When not writing, Eric can usually be found traveling or watching birds by the Pacific Ocean, baking bread, knitting sweaters for his friends, riding horses, or playing his banjo. He and his wife live in Oregon.

About the Illustrator

Trina Schart Hyman was educated at Philadelphia College of Art, and Boston Museum School trinaof Fine Arts and also at an art school in Sweden, where she lived for two years in the 1960s. While in Sweden, renowned author, Astrid Lindgren offered Trina a job illustrating a children’s book. Since that time, she illustrated over 150 children’s books – many of which were fairy tales – and penned several as well. Sadly, Trina passed away in 2004 from breast cancer.


Book #2


The Story of Hanukkah: Pages of Festive Activities

•    Targeted Audience:  Preschool & Lower Elementary (Ages 4 – 7)
•    Genre: Children’s Activity Book
•    Author: Debbie Rivers-Moore
•    Illustrator: Caroline Davis
•    Publisher: Barron’s Educational
•    Publication Date: October 1, 2014
•    Binding: Spiral Bound Paperback
•    Dimensions: 9 x 8
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 48 Pages
•    Retail: $6.99
•    ISBN:978-1438005447

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A Creative Celebration of the Festival of Lights

DSC_0004The first 16 pages of this compact 48-page book present a vibrantly illustrated story of Hanukkah and the Maccabes. All the pages that follow are chock full of fun, creative activities for children to celebrate The Festival of Lights. There are dreidels to color and rules to play the game, a Hanukkah Gelt Matching Game, connect the dots, pages to color and draw, spot the difference between pictures, mazes, Hanukkah quiz, memory game, crafts and more. There are also two pages with more than 50 super colorful stickers and four Hanukkah gift tags to punch out and color or use as stencils.

© Copyright Inside spread of a maze and quiz

An Activity Book That Teaches and Entertains

DSC_0003The Story of Hanukkah: Pages of Festive Activities teaches very young readers about how Hanukkah came to be and how this joyous holiday is celebrated today. The activities that go along with the story are creative, fun and entertaining, and most children will not need help from their parents to do them. There’s enough to do here to keep kids busy for a couple of hours, and could easily be brought along on car and plane trips without taking up much room. With all this book offers at a price of only $6.99, what’s not to love about it? Any young child who celebrates Hanukkah would be thrilled to receive this book as one of their eight gifts of Hanukkah.

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Make a Creative Card or Picture for Hanukkah from Paper Cut-Outs


© Copyright by Debbie Glade, Smart Poodle Publishing

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Old catalogs and magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored paper or card stock in your choice of color

Using paper cut-outs to illustrate adds a lot of dimension to your finished piece. Children who are old enough to use scissors will love this craft. Simply cut out 1 inch wide by 6-8 inch long strips of paper from catalogs or magazines, trying to capture the same color in each strip. For mine I used different shades of blue from a clothing catalog plus orange hues for the flames. I cute the shape out for the base from one piece of paper. Don’t try to cut out your shapes perfectly, as the variances add some character to the menorah. Find an image of a menorah online or use your own menorah for perspective and begin cutting. Be sure to cut all your pieces and arrange them before gluing them down. My finished menorah is about 8 inches wide by 10 inches tall. You can turn your artwork into a card and write Happy Hanukkah at the top or put it up on a wall. Get creative and add a dreidel or Hanukkah gelt to your picture.

Enter for a Chance to Win These Two Hanukkah Titles and Be on the Lookout for Many More Giveaways All Week Long:

  1. Enter the giveaway by Liking our Facebook Page (if you haven’t already) and sending us an email to smartbooks (at) comcast.net with your name and mailing address. In the subject line of the email write Happy Hanukkah Giveaway.  We will not share your email or address or use it for any other purpose than this giveaway. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not include your mailing address in your email your entry will be discarded. (We only require addresses so books can be mailed quickly and in the past we have found it difficult to contact winners to obtain their mailing addresses.)
  2. You may enter any or all of our 14 Colossal Holiday Children’s Book Giveaways but no person will be eligible to win more than one giveaway this week – we’d like to spread the cheer to as many readers as possible.
  3. Optional: You will receive one extra entry for leaving a valid comment on this post on this website. Tell me about your favorite holiday memory.
  4. Optional: You will receive FIVE  extra entries for sharing this giveaway from our Facebook Page. Go to the Facebook page and from there, click share on the link to this giveaway. If you share it from your own Facebook status and not from the Smart Book Facebook Page, I will not know about it, so it will not count.
  5. There will be one winner for this two-book giveaway selected at random, residing in the USA. No books will be mailed outside the USA.
  6. This giveaway starts on Monday, December 8, 2014 and ends on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 5 pm.
  7. The winner will be notified via email on Friday, December 12, 2014.
  8. Books will be mailed by on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
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3 Thoughts.

  1. One of the best times of my youth was when my Grandmother lived with us and shared the stories and traditions of Hanukkah, the driedel, the gelt, the story of the lamp in the temple. I loved it.

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