Best Hanukkah Books for Kids

With Hanukkah starting at sundown tomorrow, we’ve rounded up the best Hanukkah books for kids – 8 books for 8 nights! These books are great as gifts, and make a wonderful addition to a child’s library.




Where is Baby’s Dreidel?

Ages: Babies and Toddlers

This lift-the-flap book is a perfect introduction to the basic symbols of Hanukkah for any little one. It makes learning to recognize a dreidle, latkes and the menorah fun through colorful and peek-a-boo play.



My First Menorah

Ages: Preschoolers

This book celebrates the festival of lights with each turn of the page. With each night, an actual light in the book illuminates the next candle shaped page, while teaching the traditions of the holiday.



On the First Night of Chanukkah

Ages: 3 and up

Imagine the tune of “The Twelve Day of Christmas” set to the traditions of the eight nights of Chanukah. Kids and parents alike will love counting down the nights with verses inlcuding, “On the first night of Chanukah, my mother gave to me, A menorah burning bright for all to see!”


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Ages: 5 and up

Hershel of Ostropol, the famous trickster, arrives at a village on the first night of Hanukkah. He learns that the wicked goblins who terrorize the town don’t allow any Hanukkah celebrations. Will Hershel be able to break their power and what happens when he confronts the King of the Goblins himself?


The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

Ages: 5 and up

This Lemony Snicket book tells the tale of a latke, who afraid of the hot oil, escapes from the pan and finds himself in a world where where Christmas rules.



Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidel

Ages: 6 and up

National Geographic photography illustrates how Jews around the world (Uganda, Italy, Korea and India) celebrate Hanukkah. From the holidays origins to unique traditions across the globe, children will also enjoy recipes, prayers, coloring pages and more.


The Everything Kids Hanukkah Puzzle and Activity Book

Ages: 5 and up

A great activity book or gift filled with Hanukkah themes puzzles, activities, crafts and decoration making. This books is sure to keep kids busy for all eight nights.



How I Saved Hanukkah

Ages: Independent Readers, third – fifth grade

As the only Jewish child in her class, Marla is feeling down that she doesn’t get to hang beautiful decorations or celebrate Christmas. However she soon learns how fun Hanukkah can be and the true meaning of the joy of the holiday.



Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg