The holidays are a magical time for little kids; the treats and decorations, family traditions and presents. There is so much to look forward to. The best part, though, are all the stories. If your child is delighted by sugar plum fairies, Jewish superheroes, or golden spools of thread, then don’t miss these holiday books for kids.  

Hanukkah Books for Kids 

Happy Llamakkah!

By Laura Gehl, illustrated by Lydia Nichols

Hanukkah books - Happy Llamakkah

The Llama family is about to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah by lighting the menorah, spinning dreidels, and eating latkes. Follow along and learn about the importance and special meaning behind this festive Jewish holiday.

There Was a Young Rabbi: A Hanukkah Tale

By Suzanne Wolfe, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

 Hanukkah books - There Was a Young Rabbi

Follow a very busy young rabbi who working is hard to prepare for Hanukkah. Through a rhyming story, kids and parents will delight in learning all the details and traditions on how to celebrate Hanukkah.

The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

By Arthur A. Levine, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Hanukkah books - The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

Nate Gadol is a spirit with shiny eyes and a bright smile who helps pull off miracles—like stretching some oil to last for eight nights. During a rough winter, a Jewish family and Christian family must work together to share what little they have…but thanks to Nate Gadol and Santa, everyone gets exactly what they need. This is a lovely holiday book for kids that blends Hanukkah and Christmas for families that celebrate both.

Goodnight Bubbala

By Sheryl Haft, illustrated by Jill Weber

Hanukkah books - Goodnight Bubbala

You probably know Goodnight Moon, but have you met Goodnight Bubbala? This funny and sweet parody teaches kids Yiddish words as one little bunny is hushed to sleep by his very loving (and funny) Bubbala (grandmother.)

I Spy Hanukkah: A Fun Hanukkah Guessing Game and Activity Book

By Yellow Sun Publishing

Hanukkah books - I Spy Hanukkah

Kids will love spying for objects through 14 colourful puzzles over 28 pages. Part activity, part guessing game; I Spy Hanukkah is a great way to teach kids all about the holiday.

The Story of Hanukkah

By David A. Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber

Hanukkah books - The Hanukkah Story

Have your little ones ever asked you what Hanukkah is or when it started? This Hanukkah book for kids will answer those questions in a charming way. 

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

By Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman 

 Hanukkah book - Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hershel is a traveler who comes upon a village on the first night of Hanukkah but no candles are lit. He quickly discovers that horrible goblins have taken over the synagogue so, he devises a plan to get rid of them but can do it? Kids will love this riveting folklore that is sure to become a family favourite.

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah

By Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Galia Bernstein 

Hanukkah books - Eight Knights

On the last night of Hanukkah, a terrible dragon called Dreadful terrorizes the countryside hoping to put an end to festivities. But when Lady Sadie calls upon the Eight Knights of Hanukkah, Dreadful the dragon realizes that he’s met his match. 

Hanukkah Bear

By Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Hanukkah books - Hanukkah Bear

Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, so it’s no surprise that the delightful smell of her cooking attracts a curious and hungry bear. When Bubba Brayna mistakes the bear for her rabbi, hilarity ensues. This sweet holiday book for kids is a wonderful story to share during Hanukkah. 

Chanukah Lights Everywhere

By Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Hanukkah books - Chanukkah Lights Everywhere

This is a magnificent story about a boy and his sister who count the lights in windows of homes for eight festive nights. Along they way, they discover the joy and meaning of Hanukkah. 

Christmas Books for Kids 

Madeline’s Christmas

By Ludwig Bemelmans

holiday books - Madeline’s Christmas

The beloved storybook girl, Madeline, with her never ending curiosity and zest for life, will enchant readers both young and old in this sweet Christmas book for kids. When everyone is sick on Christmas Eve, she finds a way to keep the magic of the holiday alive.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

By Dr. Seuss

holiday books - the grinch 

In this classic Christmas book for kids, the mean old Grinch hatches a plan to stop the Whos in Who-Ville from celebrating Christmas. But in the end, he has a magnificent change of heart that captures the true spirit of the holiday. 

The Christmas Story

By Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

 holiday books - the christmas story

Little Golden Book first published The Christmas Story in 1952 with beautiful illustrations and poetic writing to help children imagine what the first Christmas might have been like. This is a traditional Christmas book, perfect for any family who celebrates the holiday.   

The Story of Holly and Ivy

By Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Holiday books - Holly and Ivy 

This timeless tale about a little orphan girl looking for a loving home will give you all the feels. With gorgeous writing, enchanting illustrations, and a focus on the meaning of love and family, Holly and Ivy perfectly captures the spirit of the season.

Polar Express

By Chris Van Allsburg

Holiday books - Polar Express 

When a little boy goes to bed on Christmas Eve, he wonders if Santa is real. Then, a magical train pulls up in front of his house and beckons him for a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the North Pole. Will he finally believe?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

By Jan and Mike Berenstain

Christmas books - Berenstain Bears Joy of Giving

America’s favourite bear family is always learning! In this much-loved Christmas book for kids, the Berenstains discover the true joy of giving—and in doing so, they learn the real meaning of the holiday.

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

By James Dean

 Christmas books - Pete the Cat

Who doesn’t love Pete the Cat? This groovy feline is back with a snappy story about helping the Big Man on the big day. With lots of bright, cheery colours, and rhyming text, kids will love following Pete as he travels the globe trying to help Santa save Christmas.

How to Catch an Elf

By Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton

Christmas books - How to Catch an Elf

Have your kids ever asked how to catch an elf? If so, this instructive book will give them all the big ideas they need to capture a real Christmas elf. This delightful and hilarious Christmas story will surely become a family favourite.

The Crayons’ Christmas

By Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Christmas Books - Crayons' Christmas

If you loved The Day the Crayons Quit then you will absolutely adore this Christmas book for kids. Duncan and his box of crayons are thinking about their Christmas letters, and your kids will get to pull the letters out of envelopes and read what each colour has to say. 

The Snowman

By Raymond Briggs

Christmas books - The Snowman

This wordless holiday story has captivated the hearts and imaginations of children all over the world since its first publication in 1978. A little boy builds a snowman, and later that night he dreams that the snowman comes to life.

Kwanzaa Books for Kids

The People Remember

By Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

This debut picture book comes from the award-winning and bestselling author Ibi it is a treasure! The People Remember is a beautiful and lyrical book for kiddos age 4 to 8 that leans on the principles of Kwanzaa to share the history of African Americans. Not to be outdone by the powerful words, the lush digital images will surely keep all children (and their grownups) engaged.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

By Angela Shelf Medearis

Kwanzaa book - Seven Spools of Thread

Seven Spools of Thread is a classic Kwanzaa story that teaches children the value of family and community. When a father passes away, he leaves his seven sons with instructions to make gold out of seven spools of thread by sundown. If they do not, then they will be turned into beggars. The boys quickly learn that they must overcome their differences and work together.

The Story of Kwanzaa

By Donna L. Washington, illustrated by Stephen Taylor

The Story of Kwanzaa

If your kids are curious to learn about where Kwanzaa comes from and the meaning behind the celebration, then this is the perfect holiday book. 

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa

By Donna L. Washington, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Lil Rabbit's Kwanzaa

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa is brightly coloured holiday book that shows kids the true meaning of Kwanzaa through Li’l Rabbit’s adventure with his pals. The end of the story includes “The Nguzo Saba––The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa” to help kids learn the full meaning of this festive holiday.  

Kevin's Kwanzaa

By Lisa Bullard and illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo

Kevin's Kwanzaa

Kevin is helping his family celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa by decorating, learning a new word each day, and working together as a family to solve problems. Follow along with this fun and instructive holiday story perfect for the littlest of kids.

My First Kwanzaa

By Karen Katz

My First Kwanzaa

This is a perfect picture book for toddlers to learn more about the seven days of celebrations that make up Kwanzaa. In it, kids can learn about the ways that Kwanzaa teaches the importance of friends, family, and community.

Kwanzaa Coloring Book for Kids

By Special Memories Journals 

Kwanzaa Coloring Book

Kids learn best when they can play, which is why we love this holiday book so much. Through colouring and activities, kids get the chance to learn about Kwanzaa and are encouraged to ask lots of questions.

My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa

By Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo

My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa

This is a wonderful holiday book to help little kids understand the traditional activities that happen over the course of the seven days of celebration. It is a perfect book for parents and grandparents to read to very young children.

K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book

By Juwanda G. Ford, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

K is for Kwanzaa

This beautifully illustrated alphabet book teaches little kids all about Kwanzaa in a joyful way. It would make a great gift for toddlers and preschoolers.  

Santa's Kwanzaa

By Garen Eileen Thomas, illustrated by Guy Francis

Santa's Kwanzaa

When Santa returns to the North Pole after delivering all the Christmas presents, he’s met with a wonderful surprise—a Kwanzaa celebration! This is a wonderful story that elegantly blends two holidays to show kids that you can celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas.

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