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 our favorite Hanukkah books for kids.
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The Speedy Menorah, by Cider Mill Press$11 BUY NOW
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 kids 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$5 BUY NOW
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$16 BUY NOW
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.
All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah$9 BUY NOW
This story about a Jewish family preparing for Hanukkah gives readers a glimpse of immigrant families living on the lower East Side of New York in 1912. When the youngest daughter Gertie isn't allowed to help prepare the meal, she throws a tantrum, but once her father comes home, she's finally allowed to a part of the holiday tradition—lighting the first candle on the menorah!
Larry’s Latkes, by Jenna Waldman$18 BUY NOW
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.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins$4 BUY NOW
This classic Hanukkah book follows the journey of Hershel, a traveler who makes his way into a village on the first night of Hanukkah. Expecting to see warm lights and latkes, instead, he finds that a band of goblins has taken over, and not a single candle is lit. Using only his wits, Hershel tricks the goblins night after night, but will it be enough to save Hanukkah?
Goodnight Bubbala, by Sheryl Haft$9 BUY NOW
“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$9 BUY NOW
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!$7 BUY NOW
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$6 BUY NOW
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$7 BUY NOW
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.
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