26 Amazing Hanukkah Books for Children

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Hanukkah oh Hanukkah…. We have an amazing list of Hanukkah books to light up your holiday. See what I did there? Hanukkah has always been my kids favorite holiday and it is not because of the presents which are not actually a part of the holiday tradition. The candles, the traditions, the songs and the food are all make Hanukkah the most fun holiday.

I mean, is there anything better than hot potato latkes and fresh, homemade donuts? We put together a list of Hanukkah books for children of all ages to capture the joy of this wonderful holiday. So, whether you spell it Hanukkah or Chanukah, we love this list of Chanukah books for children.

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Best Chanukah Books for Kids

Hanukkah Books for Older Children

Great Hanukkah books for older children

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel

I love this Hanukkah book 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.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya Simon

A truly special pick from Hanukkah books for kids, again aimed at older kids. Oskar has escaped Germany 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 Golems Katke

The Golem’s Latke’s by Eric Kimmel

On the first night of Hanukkah, there is so much to do. The Rabbi creates a golem to help his made make the latkes. When she forgets about the golem, the latkes start overflowing.

This is one of our favorite Chanukah books for children.

Hanukkah Picture Books

Hanukkah picture books for kids

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

If you are looking for books about Hanukkah, this is 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.

The Dreidel

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

This is a Hanukkah book about 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.


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

This is a magical tale about a set of grandparents who bring the Hanukkah spirit to kids around the world on the first night of Hanukkah. If you are looking for books about Hanukkah, this is a sweet pick.

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Hanukkah Bear by Eric. A Kimmel

In this adorable book, Bubba Brayna is making her amazing latkes on the first night of Hanukkah. She cannot hear or see very well so when a hibernating bear wakes up and comes to her house, she lets him in.

Hanukkah Books for Children with Christmas

Great Hanukkah books for children with Christmas.

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

One of Santa’s elves is upset to learn that some children are not getting Christmas presents. That is when he learns all about Hanukkah and the joy of Latkes, playing dreidel, and lighting the menorah. If you are looking for Chanukkah books for kids that are inclusive, this is a wonderful pick.

Dear Santa

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. If you are looking for the best Hanukkah books for children, this should be on your list.

The Latke who

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 begins to be fried, so he leaps from the pan to escape, encountering Christmas objects along the way who are confused by what he is. This is a funny hanukkah books for kids.

Light the lights

Light the Lights!: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah & Christmas

This sweet story shows how Emma celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas with her family. All the traditions come together for holiday fun. If you are looking for Chanukah books for kids that include Christmas as well, this is such a sweet pick.

Hanukkah Books for Preschoolers

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Hanukkah: A Counting Book by Emily Sper

In this Hanukkah book for preschoolers, your child will learn to count to eight in Hebrew, English and Yiddish. Be sure to add this to your counting books collection.

Heneyky Hanukkah

Honeyky Hanukah by Woodie Guthrie

A Boy and his gog sing about Hanukkah all over town while gathering guests for a feast and Bubbe’s house. This is such a cute and funny pick from Chanukah books for Children.

Lots of Latkes

Lots of Latkes: A Hanukkah Story by Sandy Lanton

Rivka Leah is going to a friend’s Hanukkah party but is not sure what to bring when there is no sugar and the apples have gone bad.

Hanukkah books for preschool kids to light up the holiday

Little Red Ruthie by Gloria Koster

This classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood has been reimagined when Ruthie goes to spend Hanukkah with her grandmother and must take all the latkes with her.

Hanukkah Board Books

Hanukkah Board books for babies- the perfect first Hanukkah book

Baby’s First Hanukkah DK Books

This classic board book uses real pictures and simple language to introduce Hanukkah to your baby.

Hanukkah Board books for babies- the perfect first Hanukkah book

Happy Hanukkah, Little Dreidel (Finger Puppet Board Book) by Brick Puffington and Cottage Door Press

A finger puppet Dreidel will help engage your baby while they learn the rules of dreidel and the letters on the dreidel as well.

good night hanukkah

Good Night Hanukkah by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

This book with beautiful illustrations explores all the wonderful traditions of Hanukkah like singing songs, lighting candles, and eating potato latkes. With simple wording, this book is a beautiful addition to a Hanukkah collection.

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Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy

A touch-and-feel book to help your baby learn about holiday traditions. Each page has bright images with different textures to engage your little one. This is an adorable pick from Chanukah books.

Looking for more board books for a baby? Check out our favorite books for 1-year-olds.

Popular Character Hanukkah Books

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How do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yoel

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?

Corduroy Hanukkah

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.

Curious George Hanukkah

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.

Elmos Little Dreidel

Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleinberg

Elmo celebrates Hanukkah with Gil, Susie and their parents. He even gets his very own dreidel and learns how to play. This sweet board book is sure to be a favorite.

Books About the Story of Hanukkah for Kids

The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah by David A Adler

The story of the Maccabees is retold in this wonderful book. Beautiful illustrations accompany this books which tells of the miracle of Hanukkah.

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The Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica S. Perl

In this sweet book, Max and Rachel made a new Hanukkah tradition by celebrating a ninth night of Hanukkah with their neighbors. This is a book about making new traditions to mix with old.


Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley

This brightly illustrated book tells the story of Judah and the Maccabees in rhyme. We all know how much we love a good rhyming book. If you want more rhyming books we love, you can check out our list!

What are your favorite Hanukkah Books?

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