Hanukkah Books for Little Kids

One of our holiday traditions that we’ve been doing with our little family for a few years now is that on Christmas Eve, Sadie gets a new holiday themed book along with new Christmas pajamas and usually a treat like popcorn and a movie or something similar. Since we are a multi-denominational family I’ve been trying hard to make sure that just because Sadie a getting a book on Christmas Eve didn’t mean it had to be a Christmas book! We try to inject Hanukkah into our decorations and celebration (which is hard because it’s so hard to find good Hanukkah decorations) and giving her a book about Hanukkah is another great way to bring the holiday into the forefront of all the Christmas STUFF.

(And I totally think it pays off. One year Sadie’s teacher asked what our religious background was, only curious because they were talking about Hanukkah in her class and Sadie knew all the answers!)

Here are some books about Hanukkah that we already have or I want to add to Sadie’s holiday library:

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Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama – This is the book Sadie will be receiving on Christmas Eve this year. I thought I was scoring big with the title since I’m Jewish and Dave is of a Christian background, but when I opened the book I saw that the main character’s name is Sadie! HOLY SH*T! It was perfect and I can’t wait to give it to her. She has another book featuring her name and she loves it.

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf – I can’t lie, I want this book just for the name. We were in a Barnes & Nobles this weekend and I burst out loud laughing when I saw this. The story sounds so cute too – about an elf that works for Santa and realizes a lot of kids are missing from Santa’s list – and then he discovers what Hanukkah is!

Latke, the Lucky Dog – Latke is a dog that is adopted from a rescue shelter and goes to live with a loving family. But at first, Latke is more trouble than anything else! It takes awhile for the family to realize that Latke is a lucky dog, and becomes part of the family. Sadie got this book last year and it’s a very cute story.

Eight Candles and a Tree – This is another book for families that celebrate both holidays and tells the story and explains both holidays through two friends who celebrate each. They realize that what the holidays have in common is celebrating with family and loved ones and insert the “awws” here.

Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten – The title of this one made me smile because I had a great grandmother named Yetta. This is a spin-off tale from the book Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken and has gotten praise for introducing kids to both Spanish and Yiddish. Yiddish is a language I grew up hearing and still use words and phrases in everyday life. In Yetta’s Hanukkah Kitten, Yetta finds a little kitten that needs mothering and the story continues on from the first book to this one. Sounds super cute!

Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah – When I was little I remember going to my grandparents house for Hanukkah and reading the story of Judah and the army of Maccabees who fight to free Jerusalem from King Antiochus. Judah and the Maccabees want to restore the destroyed temple and light the menorah but only had enough oil for one night. Miraculously the menorah stayed lit for 8 nights! Ta-da! This isn’t the exact book I had (lord knows where that is) but it has great reviews and is age appropriate.

The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown – I think this was the first Hanukkah book Sadie ever received and Dave’s mom got it for her! I’ve always loved how inclusive Sesame Street is and this book introducing Hanukkah to little ones through visiting Israeli muppet friends.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel – How funny is this spin (pun intended) on the song I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly? A family visits their bubbe (grandmother) for Hanukkah and she swallows a dreidel! And then continues to eat more and more and more!

Another book that made me laugh out loud in the store but is not appropriate for Sadie (yet) is Lemony Snicket’s The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story. Definitely something to bookmark for when she’s older!

Do you celebrate the holidays with books in your family?

PS.This post does have affiliate links so I can continue to get Sadie these awesome things! 🙂 


  1. We actually don’t have any of these books! Do you have a PJ Library subscription for Sadie? It’s totally free, and you’ll get Jewish books sent her way every month! Look it up if you aren’t a member yet!
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  2. When I was a kid, my favorite Hanukkah book, scary though it was, was Herschel & the Hanukkah Goblins. Like, now that I’m thinking about it, I’m considering buying it…
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  3. This is a great list! Thanks so much. My son is a little young for some of these but I will keep them in mind. I sometimes feel a little left out of blogland at this time of year so this was a really nice way to start the day.
    And I second Dara’s suggestion of PJ library. You get cute holiday books every month and sometimes a CD or other treat (like a Tzedakkah box).

  4. I love hearing the different traditions that go with other religions!

  5. Thank you for putting this list together – I am going to get a few to add to Stella’s collection. I actually just ordered her a Mensch on a Bench so maybe he could bring her some of these when he comes to visit in a few weeks! We also have a PJ Library subscription (like Dara and Jess mentioned) and it’s terrific! I would highly recommend.
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