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During the holiday season, there’s no shortage of stories about Santa, Rudolph and all those little elves, but, whether or not your family celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights has a fun story of its own that your children will enjoy learning about. So whether your family lights the menorah each year or you celebrate Christmas and just want your children to understand the holiday their Jewish friends are celebrating, here are seven great Hanukkah books kids of all faiths will enjoy.
1. The Story of Hanukkah
There’s no better place to begin than by recounting the story of Hanukkah, and this version by David Adler as is riveting as it is educational.
2. Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah
Celebrate the Jewish holiday with your favorite gigantic red dog. Clifford and Emily go through all the holiday traditions, then they must perform a Hanukkah miracle of their own.
3. Latke, The Lucky Dog
Latke the puppy is rescued just in time for the first night of Hanukkah, which means eight nights of trouble as the pet learns all the new house rules.
4. Happy Hanukkah, Curious George
Everyone loves a good Curious George classic, and in this tale, George and his friends make latkes, spin the dreidel and light the menorah—plus they learn the importance of a mitzvah!
5. Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins
This classic folklore tale follows Hershel as he tries to outwit the hobgoblins that are determined to ruin yet another Hanukkah for the village.
6. Shmelf The Hanukkah Elf
Surprise! One of Santa’s most important elves is Jewish, and he’s set on bringing the holiday cheer to children who don’t get a visit from Santa.
7. Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
This cute children’s story is perfect for blended families, and it helps shed light on families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.