Book Covers for various Hanukkah reads in this month's book scouts

Book Scouts: Hanukkah Reads

Hanukkah starts this evening, so this is a great time to get into some fun and educational books about the holiday! These picks can help kids learn about Hanukkah traditions. Plus, they’re so entertaining! Check out some of the suggestions to find stories about screaming latkes and meddlesome dogs.

Jennifer Johnson, JCPL’s school age program coordinator, highlights some of her favorites in the video below. You can find even more Hanukkah reads in the following list. These books are mostly intended for kids ages 8-12, but they can be enjoyed by all ages.

Click the titles in the list to browse and put them on hold for curbside pickup. For more book recommendations, take a look at our book lists or order a Book Bundle. Call (423) 434-4458 for more information on any of these titles.



One Candle by Eve Bunting

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards

Papa’s Latkes by Michelle Edwards

Kugel for Hanukkah? By Gretchen Everin

Latke, the Lucky Dog by Ellen Fischer

Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser

Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman

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

The Chanukkah Guest by Eric Kimmel

Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric Kimmel

The Eight Knights of Hanukkah by Leslie Kimmelman

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights by Jenny Koralek

Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster

A Great Miracle Happened There: A Chanukah Story by Karla Kuskin

Hanukkah Around the World by Tami Lehman-Wilzig

Harvest of Light by Allison Ofanansky

My Two Grandmothers by Effin Older

Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael Rosen

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon

The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story by Lemony Snicket

The Eighth Menorah by Lauren Wohl

There Was a Young Rabbi: A Hanukkah Tale by Suzanne Wolfe

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? By Jane Yolen


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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