Hanukkah Books for Interfaith Families

Does your family tell the story of the Maccabees and of Saint Nick? Are your cousins curious about your family’s traditions? Here are some wonderful children’s books that help everyone learn about Hanukkah traditions.

Related: The Hanukkah Story for Kids

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins

Recommended for ages 5 to 6

Remember the characters from the classic All-of-a-Kind series? They're back in this sweet picture book. Rejoin Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and especially Gertie as this loving Lower East Side family prepares for a Hanukkah feast.

Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles

Hanukkah Cookies With Sprinkles by David A. Adler

Recommended for ages 6 to 7

Sara and her family are getting ready for Hanukkah -- which means delicious foods, including cookies! But then she notices one man who doesn’t seem to eat much at all, let alone Hanukkah treats. Sara decides to try and help.

Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise

Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise by Karen Fisman

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

Rachel’s Italian grandma, Nonna, doesn’t celebrate Hanukkah, so Rachel plans to bring Hanukkah to her house. But when her plans go awry, Nonna makes it all okay.

The Only One Club

The Only One Club by Jane Naliboff

Recommended for ages 4 to 5

As the only Jewish child in her class, a young girl not only learns that each person is unique but is able to share this understanding with her classmates.

The Trees of the Dancing Goats

The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco

Recommended for ages 7 to 8

During a scarlet fever epidemic in Michigan, the members of a Jewish family help make Christmas special for their very sick neighbors.


See all PJ Library Hanukkah selections

Grownups can also listen to holiday-themed stories from celebrated authors with the 
Hanukkah Lights: Stories of the Season series from NPR.

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