Want to make your kids’ Hanukkah especially memorable this year? Or maybe you or your kids are new to the traditions and want a comfortable, adorable way to learn about the holiday? Here is a list of childrens’ books that will make for a cozy evening of family reading together, celebrating the season. Make sure to stock up on not only these books, but also a few supplies, and you can turn the books into little packaged gifts in themselves!
1. Hanukkah! by Roni Schotter
This book is a simple, beautiful picture of a family coming together to celebrate Hanukkah. They band together to make traditional food, teach each other about the day (one child helps the new baby learn to say “Hanukkah”). Since it’s mainly centered around the meal, make latkes with your kids before settling down to read, then snack on the potato pancakes during the book for extra engagement! (and a delicious snack).
2. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth
This is the perfect book to learn about Hanukkah, and actual practice the traditions; or simply celebrate the day! This cheery family of mice spin the dreidel, make latkes, but most of all: sing. This little gem of a book is not only beautifully illustrated and charmingly told, but also includes the musical notes to a treasured Hanukkah song. Now you and your kids can sing along with your soon-to-be-favorite family of mice!
3. Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights by Leslie Kimmelman
This kids’ book shows a whole, big family coming together to celebrate. If you can make latkes with Hanukkah!, sing songs with Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, you should definitely use this book as a chance to bring your children closer to their extended family. If your family can’t all come together due to distance, have your child draw a picture or write a letter (or both!) to the missing family members, letting them know that they are thought of and loved. Encourage your kid to write about their favorite Hanukkah tradition!
4. Biscuit’s Hanukkah by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Who doesn’t want a classic, charming story about a puppy at the holidays? Everyone wants that. Especially kids! Biscuit is here to celebrate Hanukkah with you and your little ones. This sweet, quiet book is the perfect one to accompany the menorah tradition, as that is a focus in the book. Read this with your kids: it will be an instant favorite.
5. Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
If you want to help your kid understand a blended celebration, or even if you just want your child to read about a beautiful example of different backgrounds and ideologies coming together to create one happy holiday, this is the book for you. Read about Sadie’s mixed Hanukkah/Christmas and how simple it is to blend traditions in love and acceptance.
The most important thing this season, whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah for the millionth time, first time, or celebrating Christmas or Kwanzaa or anything else under the sun, you should always, always be reading! Never put the books down; spend time reading to your kids. We’re here to help you find the perfect books for every occasion. Happy holidays!
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