If your kids are curious about latkes and really want to learn how to spin a dreidel, reach for a few Hanukkah books that will teach your little rugrats about the Festival of Lights while giving you a holiday crash course, too. Keep reading to see our favorite.

This is board book is perfect to share with your baby or toddler as they discover the wonderful world of Hanukkah. Little fingers will love the different touch-and-feel textures as they explore the pages of Hanukkah images, including lighting candles, eating latkes and playing dreidel.

Ages: 1-3

Buy it here, $4.95.

Two little bunny siblings are excited to light candles and celebrate Hanukkah. Mama and Papa bunny explain why menorah candles are lit on Hanukkah and the symbolism behind playing dreidel and eating potato latkes. Linda Glaser’s book is a great way to teach young kids about the Festival of Lights.

Age range: 2 - 5 years.

Buy it here, $23.65. 

Meet the Latkes

Meet Lucy. She’s just like any other kid, except she’s not a kid. She’s a potato latke. Her family is all kinds of silly, and it takes the family dog to straighten out grandpa latke’s version of Hanukkah. This book promises lots of giggles. 

Ages: 3-5

Buy it here, $14.47.

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

Poor Gertie! Being the youngest of five girls isn’t easy. It’s Hanukkah on the Lower East Side in 1912, and all Gertie wants to do is help prepare the latkes. Things might not go her way at first, but when Papa gets home, he asks her to help him with a very important job—lighting the first candle on the Menorah. This lovely picture book is a wonderful glimpse into what life was like in New York during early 20th century America, but it’s also a sweet tale about family. 

Ages: 3-7

Buy it here, $11.99.

Hanukkah Bear

A bear wakes to a wonderful smell that leads him to the house of Bubba Brayna who makes the best latkes in the village. The bear and Bubba then light the menorah, play the dreidel game and eat yummy latkes. Eric A. Kimmel also includes a latke recipe in the book.

Ages: 3-8

Buy it here, $7.99.

Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah

Sammy Spider wishes he could celebrate Hanukkah, especially after watching Josh Shapiro spin light the menorah. But in Sylvia Rous’ story, Sammy’s mom reminds him that spiders spin webs, not dreidels. Young readers will learn along with Sammy all about the Festival of Lights.

Ages: 3-8.

Buy it here, $7.89.

Eight Winter Nights

This family Hanukkah book captures all the excitement of the holiday–from latkes to the story of the Maccabees, to festive poems and songs. You can also make Author Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrator Elisabeth Schlossberg’s book extra special by personalizing it with a photo of your kiddo and personal dedication.

Age range: 4-8

Buy it here, $9.48. 

A little boy and his sister celebrate Hanukkah by counting the stars in the sky and candles on the menorah. Michael J. Rosen also hides clues throughout the story that help young readers find each night’s reminder of the holiday’s warmth.

Ages: 4-8

Buy it here, $7.99.

The Story of Hanukkah

This book tells the traditional tale of the Maccabees and is accompanied by vivid illustrations of the battle, the Temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. There’s also the rules for the dreidel game and a latke recipe! 

Ages: 4-8

Buy it here, $7.99.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Follow along as Hershel saves a village from goblins with his wits, and finally gets to celebrate Hanukkah. Filled with bravery, wisdom this classic Caldecott Medal-winning book is a must-read for all kids. 

Ages: 4-8

Buy it here, $7.99.

—Leah R. Singer with Gabby Cullen

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