Hanukkah for Kids

Hanukkah 2019 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 22nd and ends at sundown on Monday, December 30th.

If you feel unprepared because Hanukkah snuck up on you this year – don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place. Welcome to PJ Library’s “Hanukkah Hub” where you’ll find everything you need to get ready for the Festival of Lights.

Related: The 2019 Quick Guide to Celebrating Hanukkah With Kids

Are you the designated "Hanukkah parent" at your child's school? Be sure to check out our guide, Sharing Hanukkah at School.

For more information about Hanukkah, including recipes, book lists, activities, and more, check out the sections below:


Hanukkah tableau

Listen to a kid-friendly version of the Hanukkah story in this episode from PJ Library's podcast, Have I Got a Story For You!

For age-appropriate adaptations of the Hanukkah story that you can share with your child and their classmates, print one of our versions:

The Hanukkah Story for Kids 5 & Under
The Hanukkah Story for Kids Ages 6+


Enjoy a special read aloud of the Hanukkah book, Antlers With Candles, or learn to light the Hanukkah candles, sing a holiday song, make sufganiyot, and more!

Antlers With Candles Read Aloud

The PJ Library board book, Antlers With Candles, comes to life in this animated video featuring voice over from author Chris Barash.

Light The Hanukkah Candles with BimBam

Sing "Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" in English & Yiddish

Make Sufganiyot Donut Holes

Looking for music videos, Hanukkah specials, and more? Visit:
Singing (and Dancing) Through Hanukkah
Hanukkah Videos and Movies to Watch Together




Family reading a PJ Library Passover book

Looking for a good book to read to get ready for Hanukkah? How about a new story for each night? Check out the following book lists:

The Ultimate List of Children's Books About Hanukkah
10 Children's Books About Being Brave
11 Must-Read Middle Grade Books for Hanukkah
7 Hanukkah Books for Kindergarteners
Hanukkah Books for Independent Readers
Hanukkah Books for Interfaith Families

See all PJ Library Hanukkah selections here.

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


Get ready for Hanukkah with our special PJ Library Radio Spotify playlist:


RelatedSinging and Dancing Through Hanukkah

Download the PJ Library Radio app for more music and playlists.