Put on Your Yarmulke! It's Time to Celebrate Hanukkah with 10 Crazy Good Kid Books

It's one of the most wonderful times of the year to be a Jewish kid

With Hanukkah fast approaching, it’s time to get your kids excited about celebrating Hanukkah (well, excited about more than just the gifts).

Hanukkah books for kids have come a long way, with some of them taking you on Harry Potter-like adventures, and telling old tales in new, creative, magical and fun ways.

So put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah/Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate Hanukkah — particularly with these 10 fun-akkah books for kids:

  • Hershel and the Hanukah Goblins 1 of 10
    Hershel and the Hanukah Goblins
    The holiday-hating, hill-dwelling hobgoblins are determined to ruin yet another Hanukkah for the villagers. However, they meet their match in Hershel, who outwits their evil antics and breaks the spell.
    By Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • Runaway Dreidel 2 of 10
    Runaway Dreidel
    Take off on a runaway dreidel adventure in the city and through the country as modern times magically intersect with history.
    By Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Kyrsten Booker
  • Hanukkah Moon 3 of 10
    Hanukkah Moon
    Isobel goes to visit her Aunt Luisa in Mexico, where Latin American Jews celebrate Januca. The differences are fun, like hitting a piñata shaped like a dreidel, and the magical Hanukkah moon, which is the new moon that always appears during Hanukkah.
    By Deborah Da Costa, illustrated by Gosia Mosz
  • Moishe’s Miracle 4 of 10
    Moishe's Miracle
    It's the night before Hanukkah and Moishe's wife is angry at him for being so generous with their neighbors that they don't have enough left themselves to buy the ingredients to make latkes. Moishe ends up receiving a magical gift that could help solve the dilemma, although it could also end up causing him even more problems in the end. A celebration of generosity and the rebirth of a soul.
    By Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by David Slonim
  • The Rugrats’ Book of Chanukah 5 of 10
    The Rugrats' Book of Chanukah
    Chuckie, Angelica, and Tommy are ready to see Grandpa Boris in the annual Chanukah pageant. Who would have expected more action backstage than anywhere else?
    By Sarah Wilson, illustrated by Barry Goldberg
  • Like a Maccabee 6 of 10
    Like a Maccabee
    Ben is 10-years-old, and just days before Hanukkah, his soccer team makes the league championships. The rival team's best defender is also a bully, and torments Ben — will he lose the big game as a result of the intimidation? Ben's grandfather, with whom Ben shares a room, shares his wisdom about strength in sports, and beyond.
    By Barbara Bietz, illustrated by Anita White
  • Light the Candles 7 of 10
    Light the Candles
    Lighting the menorah, opening presents, playing dreidel, eating latkes — Hanukkah is seriously fun! Another candle is added to the menorah on each page, with flaps detailing different ways to celebrate the joyful occasion.
    By Joan Holub, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath
  • A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm 8 of 10
    A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm
    The rabbi in the legendary village of fools, Chelm, is away, even though Hanukkah is fast approaching. No one can remember how it's supposed to be celebrated, so one young man is sent to another village to see what he can learn. Turns out, he learns something, but in true comic and Chelm fashion, it might not be about the right holiday.
    By Jon Koons, illustrated by S. D. Schindler
  • Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah 9 of 10
    Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah
    Rachel won't be celebrating Hanukkah until her relatives come in for a visit, so she visits her neighbor, Mrs. Greenberg, so they can celebrate together — and now! She convinces Mrs. Greenberg to make latkes, and a grand mess ensues.
    By Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote
  • The Hanukkah Hop! 10 of 10
    The Hanukkah Hop!
    Rachel and her parents prepare the house for their family to visit for Hanukkah. They'll light candles, play dreidel, eat latkes, and dance the Hanukkah Hop!
    By Erica Silverman, illustrated by Steven D'Amico

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