All-New Hanukkah Books Your Littles Will Love

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Light the lights, spin the dreidel, eat some latkes—and read a book! There’s no better way to tell the story of Hanukkah than by, well, telling a story. Lucky for your littles, there are plenty of new books on the market to bring the festival of lights to life in their imaginations. From The Rugrats and Pout-Pout Fish to a book that actually becomes a menorah itself, here are our picks for the best new Hanukkah books:

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The Speedy Menorah, by Cider Mill Press


This isn’t really a book; it’s a decoration! This colorful board book contains all the pieces to make a decorative foldout menorah, perfect for spaces where you don’t want littles lighting up (I.e. in their rooms, at school, etc.). Kids will love popping out the pieces, putting them together and adding the candles each night.

You’re My Little Latke, by Natalie Marshall


An adorable board book for toddlers that uses sweet, rhyming text and the hallmarks of Hanukkah (latkes, jelly donuts, menorahs) to celebrate the love between parent and child. Includes page cutouts and raised elements to captivate little readers.

A Rugrats Chanukah: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, by Kim Smith


Millennial parents will love introducing their kids to this infamous ’90s-era baby crew, who learn—after a series of misunderstandings about the ‘meany of Hanukkah’—the real meaning of the holiday.

Larry’s Latkes, by Jenna Waldman


An alligator with a food truck sets out to find some fresh new flavors for his Hanukkah latkes in this rhyming story that centers around tradition, cooking and friendship. If peach or turnips aren’t your kids’ thing, the included recipe for rainbow latkes will hit the spot.

The Three Latkes, by Eric A. Kimmel


A threesome of latkes bicker over which one of them is the most delicious—with consequences none of them could see coming. Kids will love this silly story that will make them hungry for Hanukkah’s fried potatoes (of any color). There’s a recipe inside to make the perfect snack.

Goodnight Bubbala, by Sheryl Haft


“In the small blue room, there was a bubbala”…and a mishpacha (Jewish family), and a kiss on the keppelah (head)—and a host of other Yiddish phrases that match the rhythm and tone of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic bedtime tale. This simple parody pays homage to Jewish culture and values and will amuse the bubbies (grandmothers) maybe more than the bubbalas (darlings) themselves.

Pinky Blum and the Case of the Magical Menorah, by Judy Press


Looking for a Hanukkah-themed book that your independent readers can tackle on their own? This short chapter book follows kid detective Pinky Bloom as she takes on the case of an Israeli coin stolen from her synagogue. Strange events ensue—and Pinky solves the case with the help of her little brother.

Happy Hanukkah, Pups!


Get ready for the holiday with the Paw Patrol pups in this colorful board book that counts from one to ten with dreidels, latkes, snowflakes and more.

Happy Hanukkah, Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen


Everyone’s favorite scaled grumpy face is back to light the lights (underwater!) in this sweet rhyming story that toddlers will love. Follow Pout-Pout Fish as he lights the menorah, spins the dreidel and celebrates Hanukkah with his fishy friends.

Red and Green and Blue and White, By Lee Wind


This picture book for older children loosely tells the true story of a community, that in 1993, stood up to bigotry. It follows Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and his best friend, Teresa, whose family is Christian, as they gear up for the holidays in their traditional ways. But when Isaac’s window is smashed in the middle of the night, the children bring the community together to stand up for what’s right.

—Melissa Heckscher

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