Build your library this year with one, or more, of these fun Hanukkah books for kids!
My kids have never ending questions about Hanukkah. It’s hard for them to wrap their minds around Hanukkah since we don’t live a Jewish lifestyle all year long. But reading kid stories of the traditions and history of Hanukkah helps them remember why we celebrate the eight nights. Here are some fun and unique Hanukkah books to add to your collection.
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel – This is a cute Hanukkah spin (ha ha) on the old lady who swallowed everything!
The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah – The Hanukkah version of The Grinch, will The Kvetch learn to love Hanukkah?
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale – Simon is on a journey far from home during Hanukkah. Can he hope for just one more Hanukkah miracle?
Is It Hanukkah Yet? – This delightfully illustrated book rhymes along showing traditional ways to tell if Hanukkah is here yet. This is a great book for beginning readers.
Hanukkah Bear – Is it a bear or a rabbi? Elderly Bubba gets confused in this sweet story!
Hanukkah Lights – Hanukkah and the traditions told from a child’s perspective. This book is great for toddlers.
Chanukah Lights Everywhere – Discover Hanukkah lights everywhere with a sister and brother duo who find light everywhere they go
The Eighth Menorah – Sam makes a Menorah for his family, but they seven already! Will they like his new creation?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? – The “How Do Dinosaurs” books are one of our favorite series and this Hanukkah story is just as awesome as the others.
The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah – The beautiful dreidel won’t spin for two spoiled children, but will it work for other children?
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama – This book is great for families like ours who come from two different religious traditions.
Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein – As a Jewish child my husband struggled to understand why Santa didn’t visit his house. Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas despite being Jewish.
The Story of Hanukkah – This is a beautiful telling of the story of the Maccabees and the beginning of Hanukkah.
Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah – Look out for this fun story about the Maccabees told with engage illustrations. This book is great for boys.
Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas and My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story are both great books for families who celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.
The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown – Love Sesame Street? Then help The Count countdown to Hanukkah!
Happy Hanukkah, Curious George – Curious George and the man with the yellow hat celebrate Hanukkah with their friends. A great addition for any Curious George fan!
Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah – Not to be left out, the big red dog also has a fun book about Hanukkah.
Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise – Rachel’s Italian Nonna doesn’t celebrate Hanukkah, but this year Rachel and Nonna celebrate together. Great for multicultural families!
The Parakeet Named Dreidel – A Yiddish speaking parakeet is the center of the adorable love story that passes through a few generations!
Hanukkah Moon – This fun book celebrates a little known custom in the Latin-Jewish culture.
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap – This is just one book in the Engineer Ari series of books kids love.
The Everything Kids’ Hanukkah Puzzle & Activity Book: Games, crafts, trivia, songs, and traditions to celebrate the festival of lights! – This is a fun filled book of history, games, over 100 puzzles and other ideas and activities for celebrating Hanukkah with kids.
Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles – This books helps children understand tzedekah, the Hebrew word for charity.
Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah – A broken menorah helps start a new family tradition in this cute book.
The Hanukkah Mice – When the little girl in their home receives a doll house for Hanukkah, the mice move right in and enjoy eight nights of new furniture!
Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match – Come join Farmer Kobi and his animals for the funniest Hanukkah meal ever.
Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah – Things get messier and messier with each page as Rachel helps Mrs. Greenberg make latkes for Hanukkah.
Hanukkah in Alaska – How do you get a moose out of your back yard? Read along and learn about living in Alaska – and moose on Hanukkah.
Glitter Hanukkah Stickers – While the latkes are cooking, let the kids decorate placemats with stickers!
Hanukkah Madlibs – Keep the older kids laughing with these fun Madlibs.
Hanukkah Is Coming! – This story of Hanukkah includes 3-D feeling art.
The Hanukkah Hop! – Dance the night away with this wonderfully rhyming story that will have you bopping along.