33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

What better way to celebrate Hanukkah than to read a couple of books with your kids on each night of the Festival of Lights?

By Emily Rivas

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Meet the Latkes

Written and illustrated by Alan Silberberg, Viking Children’s Books (ages 3-5) Grandpa Latke loves to tell the story of the Hanukkah miracle, but his version is a bit sillier than we remember. Filled with evil potatoes from outer space and Juda and the Mega-Bees, Grandpa’s Hanukkah tale is quite the adventure. Will Applesauce, the Latke family dog, be able to set the record straight? $24,

Cover image for Meet the Latkes showing a family of latkes in the windows of a house on a snowy nightPhoto: Viking Children's Books

The Itsy Bitsy Dreidel

Written by Jeffrey Burton and Chani Tornow and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, Simon and Schuster Canada (ages 2-4). This cute board book tells the story of a family of dreidels preparing for their Hanukkah celebration set to the tune from The Isty Bitsy Spider. Your kids will love to sing along! $8,

Cover art for the book itsy bitsy dreidel. shows a family of dreidals all smilingPhoto: Simon and Schuster Canada

Koala Challah

Written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Maria Mola, Lerner Books (ages 2-7). It’s Shabbat dinner, and Lila just wants to help her family get ready by baking her own loaf of challah. She tries and tries, but it comes out wrong everytime. Follow along as she figures out the secret to making a delicious koala challah her family will love. $11,

Cover art of the book Koala Challah. Shows an illustrated family of Koalas, the daughter is holding a pan of challah breadPhoto: Lerner Books

Sammy Spider’s Hanukkah Colors

Written by Sylvia A. Rouss and illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, Lerner Books (ages 1-4). Sammy Spider learns all about colours while his human friend Josh celebrates Hanukkah with his family. Your little one will love the brightly illustrated page of this new board book! $8,

Cover art for the book, Sammy Spider's Hanukkah Colors. Shows a colourful spider surrounded by colourful dreidelsPhoto: Lerner Books

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

Written by Greg Wolfe and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, Bloomsbury (ages 3-6). Shmelf is one of Santa’s most important elves—he’s in charge of checking the list twice to see who’s been naughty or nice. But while doing his job, he realizes there are some good kids missing from the list of those who get presents from Santa. A head elf tells Shmelf that they’re not missing, they’re Jewish. Hence Shmelf embarks on a journey to find out what Hanukkah is all about. $24,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

The Mensch on a Bench

Written by Neal Hoffman and illustrated by Necdet Yilmaz, (ages 3+). Learn all about an unsung hero and start a new family tradition. Moshe the Mensch helped Judah Maccabee at the temple by watching the lights from his bench to make sure they didn’t go out. And the toy Moshe that comes with the book can watch over your Menorah adding a little more funukkah to your Hanukkah. US $33,

Mensch on a bench book

Yitzi and the Giant Menorah

Written and illustrated by Richard Ungar, Tundra Books (ages 4-8). When the Mayor of Lublin presents the People of Chelm with a very special gift: a giant menorah, the villagers struggle to find a fitting way to thank him. Finally, on the last day of Hanukkah, a little boy named Yitzi comes up with a great idea. $22, 

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Hanukkah: A Counting Book

Written and illustrated by Emily Sper, Scholastic Inc. (ages 0-3). In this board book, tots can learn about Hanukkah and how to count the eight nights of light in Hebrew and Yiddish! There’s even a pronounciation guide in case they get stuck. $9,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

I Have a Little Dreidel

Written by Maxie Baum and illustrated by Julie Paschkis, Scholastic Inc. (ages 3-5). Everybody knows that one of the best parts of Hanukkah is playing with a dreidel! Young readers can read along to the classic song with new added verses. This easy-to-follow book details how to play dreidel, too. $13,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Chanukah Lights

Written by Michael J. Rosen and illustrated by Robert Sabuda, Candlewick Press (ages 5 and up). In this beautifully crafted pop-up book, readers can follow Hanukkah through time and place: Herod’s temple, a shtetl in Russia, an Israeli kibbutz, and more! $40,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

My Two Holidays

Written by Danielle Novack and illustrated by Phyllis Harris, Scholastic Inc. (ages 3-5). Even though Sam gets nervous when his classmates talk about the holidays, he feels pretty lucky that he celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. Written by a child psychologist, this book offers comforting words on why it can be special to celebrate two holidays. $8,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

The Hanukkah Mice

Written by Ronne Randall and illustrated by Maggie Kneen, Chronicle Books (ages 4-6). In this Hanukkah tale involving three little mice, readers can flip flaps hiding shiny foil surprises and discover a new tradition depicted on each page. $14,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Chanukah Bugs: A Pop-Up Celebration

Written and illustrated by David A. Carter, Little Simon Publishing (ages 3-7). In this fun pop-up book, little ones can celebrate the eight different nights of Hanukkah with memorable characters like Shammash Bug and Dizzy Dreidel Bug! $18,  

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Hannah the Hanukkah Hero

Written by Neal Hoffman and illustrated by Necdet Yilmaz (ages 3+). From the great minds behind The Mensch on a Bench comes the story of Hannah Maccabee. Her cousins have gone to face the Greeks and defend their people while she’s stuck sitting at the Great Temple alone. But not being allowed to help won’t stop this strong young girl from joining the fight. Nothing can stand in her way. $30,

Hannah the Hanukkah Hero book

Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah

Written and illustrated by Roger Priddy, Priddy Books (ages 1-3). In this board book, babies and toddlers can learn about traditions like the lighting of the candles, the dreidel and latkes through textured pages with bright illustrations and photography. $5,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Hanukkah Lights

Written by David Martin and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Candlewick Press (ages 3-7). Hanukkah is such a joyous time of the year! Flip through the pages of Hanukkah Lights and discover different traditions like lighting the menorah, eating latkes, spinning the dreidel, gifting, and receiving shiny gold treats! $7,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein

Written by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer, illustrated by Christine Davenier; Penguin Random House (ages 3-7). Rachel Rosenstein really wants to celebrate Christmas this year and she’s not going to let her Jewish family get in her way! But after writing letters to Santa, visiting him at the mall, and leaving latkes out for his reindeer, Rachel begins to understand what her own identity really means. $25,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Oskar and the Eight Blessings

Written by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon, illustrated by Mark Siegel; Raincoast Books (ages 4-8). It’s the seventh day of Hanukkah in 1941, and Oskar, a Jewish boy fleeing persecution in Germany, arrives in New York City to start a new life. He only has a photograph and the address of a distant aunt, but walking through Manhattan, Oskar receives acts of kindness from people welcoming him into the city. $25,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah

Written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell, Scholastic Inc. (ages 3-5). Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are celebrating their first Hanukkah! They eat latkes (fried potato pancakes), sufganiyot (fried jelly donuts) and play dreidel. But when they go to town to see the giant menorah, one of the lights is broken! Is Clifford big enough to fix it and save hanukkah? $7,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale

Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Matthew Trueman, Disney-Hyperion Books (ages 3-5). On a precarious sea voyage away from home, Simon spends his first night of Hanukkah on an ice floe after his ship sank. When he lights the first candle, it attracts a polar bear with whom he shares his adventure and keeps his faith alive. $17,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Happy Sparkling Hanukkah

Written by Elizabeth Spurr and illustrated by Colleen Madden, Sterling Children’s Books (ages 2-5). Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights, meaning everything glitters and gleams at this time of the year. Read the rhymes and gaze in awe at the sparkly holographic foil on each page of this board book. $7,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

An Adventure in Latkaland: A Hanukkah Story

Written by Karen Fisman and illustrated by Thomas McAteer, Jora Books (ages 4-8). A mysterious stranger visits the Stern family on the first night of Hanukkah and leaves behind a golden dreidel. Little does Jacob Stern know that when he spins it, he’ll go on a great adventure. $25,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?

Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague, The Blue Sky Books (ages 3-5). Dinosaurs love to celebrate Chanukah, but when the fun of the family gatherings and traditions begin, it’s easy for them to be a little mischievous. $10,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel

Written by Caryn Yacowitz and illustrated by David Slonim, Arthur A. Levine Books (ages 4-8). One family’s visit to Bubbe’s house goes terribly wrong when she accidently swallows a dreidel at supper. She then eats latkes, gelt and even menorahs–oh my! $10,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

My First Chanukah

Written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, Grosset & Dunlap (ages 3-5). Even the tiniest of tots can learn about the Festival of Lights in this cute board book. $7, 

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Where Is Baby’s Dreidel?

Written and illustrated by Karen Katz, Little Simon Publishing (ages 1-4). Baby–like everybody else–wants to spin the dreidel! Little ones can have fun finding Hanukkah symbols throughout the book. $11, 

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids


Written by Roni Schotter and illustrated by Marylin Hafner, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (ages 4-8). This book encompasses everything Hanukkah–from the latkes to the spinning dreidel and lighting the menorah together. $11,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Biscuit’s Hanukkah

Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Pat Schories, HarperCollins Publishers. In this board book, Biscuit the puppy makes a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah with his friends. $6,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!

By Shahar Kober, Cartwheel Books (ages 2-4). Kids can sing along to the classic song “I have a little dreidel” as they follow different animal families lighting the menorah, spinning the dreidel and eating some latkes! $6,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

The Night Before Hanukkah

Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer, Grosset and Dunlap (ages 3-5). The night before Hanukkah is a very exciting time, but when the eight-day celebration begins, that’s when the fun really starts! $7,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes

Written by Linda Glaser and illustrated by Nancy Cote, Albert Whitman Prairie Books (ages 6-9). When more guests than expected come over to Rachel’s house on the last night of Hanukkah, she realizes she didn’t make enough latkes for everyone. She decides to borrow some potatoes from Mrs. Greenberg and invites the lonely lady to come over, but Mrs. Greenberg is just not having it! $12,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Happy Hanukkah, Curious George!

Written by H.A Rey and Margret Rey, HMH Books for Young Readers (ages 2-4). Learn all about Hanukkah with Curious George and his friends. Little ones will also find a latke recipe and how-to dreidel instructions inside! $11,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

Hanukkah Haiku

Written by Fred Ehrlich and illustrated by Karla Gudeon, Blue Apple Books (ages 4-8). This book takes you through each day of Hanukkah with eight haikus. See the candles light up one by one as you flip through the pages. Read a poem per night to your wee one before you tuck them into bed. $13,

33 fun Hanukkah books for kids

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This article was originally published on Dec 09, 2020

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