Our Favorite Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas Books for Kids

The holiday season is a magical time for children. As they watch the twinkling lights and hear the melodies of festive songs, they eagerly await moments of connection, joy, and celebration. One of the best ways to enhance their holiday experience is through books. Reading together builds understanding, empathy, and strong bonds between families and friends. To help you create memories this holiday season, here is a list of our favorite Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas books for kids.

Kwanzaa Books

1. “Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story” by Angela Shelf Medearis

2. “My First Kwanzaa” by Karen Katz

3. “Together for Kwanzaa” by Juwanda G. Ford

Hanukkah Books

1. “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” by Eric A. Kimmel

2. “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story” by Lemony Snicket

3. “The Eight Nights of Hanukkah” by Judy Nayer

Christmas Books

1. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss

2. “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

3. “Olive, the Other Reindeer” by J. Otto Seibold

Each book captures the excitement and wonder of the respective holidays while also introducing kids to new cultures and traditions.

“Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story” teaches children about the African-American holiday’s seven principles — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith — through a beautiful tale about finding strength in our diversity.

Likewise, young readers will discover how Karen Katz’s characters prepare for Kwanzaa in “My First Kwanzaa,” and they will enjoy Juwanda G. Ford’s “Together for Kwanzaa” — a touching story of a family’s reunion during the celebration.

For Hanukkah, Eric A. Kimmel’s “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” features a hero who battles various goblins to save his village’s festival of lights. While the sarcastic latke in Lemony Snicket’s “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming” adds humor to the holiday, Judy Nayer teaches about Hanukkah traditions by detailing each night in “The Eight Nights of Hanukkah.”

Dr. Seuss’s classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” reminds children about the true spirit of Christmas through its lively story and unforgettable characters. Meanwhile, kids are transported into a magical world with Chris Van Allsburg’s evocative illustrations and enchanting narrative in “The Polar Express.” Lastly, discover why Olive is not just an ordinary dog in J. Otto Seibold’s fun and engaging story, “Olive, the Other Reindeer.”

No matter which holiday your family celebrates — or if you commemorate them all — these captivating children’s books will bring warmth, love, and learning during this special time of year.