I’m considering giving eight children’s books as a way to celebrate Hanukkah! We don’t shower our kids with a lot of gifts during the holidays and typically I leave the Hanukkah gift giving to the in-laws.
I don’t want my kids to come to expect and associate the holidays with lots of presents. But I still thought, wouldn’t it be fun to give a new book in a series each night? After all, they are books! BOOKS! I would be encouraging reading, supporting my independent bookstore and hard-working authors. Plus, I would be saying to my son: “I love our read aloud time!” How could it not be a great idea?
OK, new books can be expensive if you buy eight at a time, but try used bookstores, they are often teeming with popular series books. Often, if you buy the series as a boxed set, it is cheaper over all. I haven’t included holiday themed books below, but take a look at my list of holiday books for interfaith kids if you want some of those.
Kids’ Book series for Hanukkah gift-giving:
If you can’t resist the lure of eight new books for your child this Hanukkah, here are a few good series which have at least eight books in them. (Note – I love all these books and included affiliate links.)
Henry and Mudge
Mr Putter and Tabby
High Rise Private Eyes
Elephant and Piggie (So funny!)
Chapter books for Early Readers and/or Read Alouds:
Captain Underpants (there are exactly eight!)
Ricky Ricotta (there are 7, plus Ricky Ricotta’s Astro Activity Book of Fun)
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo
Magic Tree House
Roscoe Riley Rules (ok, there are only 7 here, but too good not to include)
Stink (there are 8 Stink books, 2 Stink-O-pedias and 2 Judy and Stink combo books)
Judy Moody (Stink’s sister)
Roald Dahl(OK, not a series, but sooo good!)
The Wizard of Oz (like the movie? The books are better!)
Harry Potter (again, only 7, but so much other paraphernalia to choose from for the 8th gift)
Ramona Quimby (you could also mix and match this with Henry Huggins books, which feature Beezus and Ramona)
There are, of course, many others! Got any good series to recommend for eight-in-a-row gift giving?