All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

By: Emily Jenkins

Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky

Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins (A Greyhound, a Groundhog) and Caldecott Award-winning artist Paul O. Zelinsky (Rapunzel) bring the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family to life in a new format. Fans, along with those just meeting the five girls ("all of a kind," as their parents say), will join them back in 1912, on the Lower East Side of NYC, and watch as preparations for Hanukkah are made. When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she throws a tantrum. Banished to the girls' bedroom, she can still hear the sounds and smell the smells of a family getting ready to celebrate. But then Papa comes home and she is allowed out--and given the best job of all: lighting the first candle on the menorah.
Yiddish glossary. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. List of Sydney Taylor’s All-of-a-Kind Family books. Sources. Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

ISBN: 9780399554209

JLG Release: Oct 2018

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Hanukkah , Holidays and celebrations , Family life , Lower East Side of New York City , Jews , Twentieth-century US history , History of New York City, 1898–1951 , Sydney Taylor (1904–1978) , All-of-a-Kind Family

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Awards & Honors

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, Younger Readers
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Seasons and Celebrations
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
2018 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, Children's Literature
Kirkus Best Books, Picture Books - 2018
Best Jewish Children’s Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Booklist*

Book Details



First Release

October 2018



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

10 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 2.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;


Level AD520L


Print Book


Library edition with trade jacket added


Schwartz & Wade

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Hanukkah, Holidays and celebrations, Family life, Lower East Side of New York City, Jews, Twentieth-century US history, History of New York City, 1898–1951, Sydney Taylor (1904–1978), All-of-a-Kind Family,

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