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The great thing about Hanukkah books is that they're supposed to be full of miracles and the unbelievable. So don't even have to think twice when latkes get up to walk away or an old woman thinks a bear is a human or a polar bear decides NOT to eat a lonely traveler for lunch.
I've grouped these books for older kids and younger kids, but it really depends on the maturity of the child, so mix and match! I've started with the ones for older kids and sort of worked back.
Chanukah and Hanukkah books for elementary aged kids:Simon is saved rather than eaten by a polar bear. The pictures in this book are just beautiful:
Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale
Bears are well represented in Chanukah books. And Hanukkah books. In this story, Bubba Brayna doesn't realize her guest is a bear:
The Chanukkah Guest
Latkes taste even better after they've gotten their heart rate up running around all over town:
The Runaway Latkes
The basic story from beginning to end:
The Story of Hanukkah
A goblin gives Jacob special dreidels, but first he has to foil Fruma Sarah's plans to steal them:
The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story
Kids who like scary books will love Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel. It's a Caldecott Honor book too!
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Zigazak also by Eric Kimmel has goblins and stuff but isn't as scary:
Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night
Moishe's Miracle by Laura Melmed isn't even a little scary and has a nice moral and all.
Moishe's Miracle: A Hanukkah Story
The nice thing about this one is that it weaves quite a lot of the actual Hanukkah story into the picture book:
Nothing ever seems to go as planned whenever a golem gets involved. This one is sort of a Jewish Strega Nona:
The Golem's Latkes
Harvest of Light
A book with very cool photographs in which a Hanukkah menorah is made from sea life:
Menorah Under the Sea
An engineer is lost on Hanukkah but makes friends and discoveries:
Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap
Jodie discovers that she's old enough to be of use on an archeological dig:
Jodie's Hanukkah Dig
A Hanukkah story in which a boy learns to deal with his feelings about his autistic brother's sometimes difficult behaviors:
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles
A boy makes a dreidel for his blind father:
Jeremy's Dreidel (Hanukkah)
Caleb describes how his family celebrates Hanukkah with four "chapters" worth of information. What's nice about this book is that many of the pages have little sidebars with even more information, so it can be adjusted up or down depending on the child's comprehension and interest.
Hanukkah and Chanukah books for preschoolers (and even younger):
Your basic, informative Hanukkah book, lots of information presented for the littlest kids:
My First Hanukkah Board Book
It's the dreidel song, but with Winnie the Pooh. It's not the greatest, but still...it has Winnie the Pooh and a song.
Disney's Winnie the Pooh and the Hanukkah Dreidel
Chanukah Bugs is a fun pop up for the little ones...
Chanukah Bugs: A Pop-up Celebration (Bugs in a Box Books)
This is another fun one for the little bitties:
Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights
A simple celebratory story that shows most of the traditions with just a sentence or two on most pages, the menorah narrates the story while getting brighter and brighter each night!
Hooray for Hanukkah!
This one has cute, fun rhymes:
The Hanukkah Hop!
There seem to be a few Hanukkah books with mice in them. This one has a little mouse family that finds a dollhouse Chanukah gift to be just the right size:
The Hanukkah Mice
More mice in this book. It's the Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah song set to pictures, but they're really nice pictures:
A little boy and his family find something new each night:
Chanukah Lights Everywhere
A little dog has a tough time fitting into his new family but has a nice Hanukkah anyway:
Rachel's neighbor is as stubborn as she is, so she has to really think hard to get her elderly neighbor to join in the Hanukkah festivities:
The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes
Never too many latkes:
Lots of Latkes: A Hanukkah Story
Dinosaurs come to every Jewish holiday. Of course.
Dinosaur On Hanukkah
And so does Sammy Spider:
Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah
If you're looking for more Hanukkah posts, I have:
Last minute Hanukkah gifts and free printable