Best Holiday Books for Kids

It’s almost that time of year again.  Hanukkah lights, Christmas lights, latkes, and cookies are everywhere! It’s my favorite time of year.  There is something in the air that brings out kindness and happiness in everyone.  I love curling up with a good book- especially if I can read the books to my kids.  Holiday classics are some of my favorites and we have included a list of our favorites below for both Christmas and Hanukkah.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

A Christmas classic that is a must-own! There is a reason this book has been adapted for the screen multiple times. It’s a wonderful tale of materialism and the true Christmas spirit.


The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Another classic that every child should know. The illustrations in this version of the well-known tale are heartwarming.


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Kirsten’s favorite holiday tale! The illustrations are jaw-droppingly beautiful. The train is both whimsical and serious. I’m not a fan of the movie, but the book will be forever in my heart.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

I adore books without words. This winter tale is perfect for any child who dreams of playing with their snowman creations!


Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Bear stories are the best. They are colorful, short tales about relatable issues. This Christmas version is a perfect addition to the series!


Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Our favorite llama is back and struggling with the hustle and bustle leading up to Christmas. He wants his gifts, but Mama has a very different gift in mind – time together!


Carl’s Christmas by Alexandra Day

Carl is back for a winter story spreading holiday cheer around town and coming face to face with a reindeer. A cute tale for any dog lover.


A Charlie Brown Christmas by Tina Gallo and Charles M. Schultz

The Peanuts gang is back at it and its time for Christmas with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and their friends!


Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Eric Carle at his finest. I adore Carle’s straightforward, colorful style of illustration. The story features a farmer wanting snow for the holiday and is perfect little ones learning to count!



Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel

I love this tale for older kids. The text is long and the story is better for kids 8 and up. Hershel helps to rid a village synagogue of goblins in this tale. The illustrations are lovely but a little dark for young ones.


Moishe’s Miracle: A Hanukkah Story by Laura Krauss Melmed

A funny tale about a pan that makes as many latkes as Moishe wants and what happens when his wife tries to use it instead.


How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen

The Dinosaurs in the “How do Dinosaurs” series are the best! My kids were so happy to receive this story last year. What’s better than seeing a massive dinosaur holding a menorah in its little claws?


Happy Hanukkah Corduroy by Don Freedman

The beloved cuddly bear is here to help celebrate the Hanukkah season. Corduroy throws a party where they do all the traditional activities from spinning dreidels to eating latkes.


Bubbie and Zadie Came to my House: A Story of Hanukkah by Daniel Halevi Bloom

A magical tale about a set of grandparents who bring the Hanukkah spirit to kids around the world on the first night of Hanukkah.


Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein by Amanda Peet

I love this tale about a little Jewish girl who doesn’t understand why she can’t celebrate Christmas. Many Jewish kids can relate to Rachel and how she feels during the Christmas season.


The  Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming a Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket

Leave it to Lemony Snicket to come up with such an original tale. The Latke screams when he beings to be fried, so he leaps from the pan to escape, encountering Christmas objects along the way who are confused by what he is.


Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon

A truly special book, again aimed at older kids. Oskar has escaped German after Kristallnacht and arrived in New York on the last day of Hanukkah, which also happens to be Christmas Eve. As he attempts to locate his aunt, he encounters many kind new people and takes in the holiday sights of his new home.

The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah by Martha Seif Simpson

A gorgeous dreidel refuses to spin for spoiled children. The toy shop owner isn’t sure what to do until he asks one more child to spin it. This child holds the spirit of Hanukkah in his heart and gets a very different result.


Happy Hanukkah, Curious George by H.A. Rey A favorite for all the little Curious George lovers. George gets into trouble in a typical manner, but the poems teach about Hanukkah and kindness in a lovely way.


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