The best picture books about celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah

Simone Nathan Author Of Eight Candles and a Tree
By Simone Nathan

Who am I?

I was inspired to write Eight Candles and a Tree after I couldn’t find a picture book about a child who celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah to read to my granddaughter. I had extensive professional experience as a writer and children’s television producer, and I decided to write a book that would resonate with children who celebrate both holidays. I have been pleasantly surprised by the book's consistent sales over the past eight years, and am happy to see that there are now more books on this issue.


I wrote...

Eight Candles and a Tree

By Simone Nathan,

Book cover of Eight Candles and a Tree

What is my book about?

I wrote Eight Candles and a Tree, a children’s picture book about Sophie, who introduces her blend of Hanukkah and Christmas traditions to her friend Tommy. The book highlights what the holidays have in common—family, food, lights, songs, and presents.

The books I picked & why

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Latkes for Santa Claus

By Janie Emaus,

Book cover of Latkes for Santa Claus

Why this book?

Anna sends an email to Santa explaining that while her stepbrother celebrates Christmas, she will have a surprise treat for Santa instead of cookies. Anna considers many options before deciding on latkes to accompany Michael’s plate of cookies.

The book shows how Anna chooses to put her own spin on her new blended family’s traditions. Includes recipes for latkes and sugar cookies.


My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story

By Danielle Novack, Phyllis Harris (illustrator),

Book cover of My Two Holidays: A Hanukkah and Christmas Story

Why this book?

At school Sam feels different from his classmates because he celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, but after talking it through with his mom, he realizes that he’s excited to be able to observe two holidays instead of one.

The book addresses a child’s feeling of being different because his parents have different religious backgrounds.


Nonna's Hanukkah Surprise

By Karen Fisman, Martha Graciela Avilés (illustrator),

Book cover of Nonna's Hanukkah Surprise

Why this book?

When Rachel visits her father’s family who celebrates Christmas, she brings along her menorah to share Hanukkah with them too. But when she realizes she forgot the menorah on the plane, her Nonna makes her a very special menorah.

The book shows how a loving grandmother and extended family welcome and encourage two holiday traditions.


Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

By Selina Alko,

Book cover of Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Why this book?

Vibrantly illustrated descriptions of how Sadie and her family celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. They sing "Silent Night" and “I have a little dreidel,” and the father shows how to make latkes and a special kugel dressing for the turkey. The family’s two holiday traditions are highlighted with eye-catching illustrations.

The illustrations are bright and cheery and the family’s traditions are succinctly described. Includes a recipe for cranberry kugel.


Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas

By Margaret Moorman,

Book cover of Light The Lights! A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah And Christmas

Why this book?

Set in New York City, Emma’s family celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas, and the book describes their distinctive family traditions. For Hanukkah, they spin the dreidels, light the menorah and make crisp latkes, and at Christmas time they light the lights on the Christmas tree and enjoy making sugar cookies.

It gives specific details of the ways in which this family celebrates their December holidays.


5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Hanukkah, Christmas, and cookies?

5,887 authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Hanukkah, Christmas, and cookies.

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And, 3 books we think you will enjoy!

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