A Chanukah Book (or Song) for Every Night


By Heather Goldberg, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Carina Press

Just in time for the festival of lights, here are eight Chanukah books (and songs)—one for every night.

1. BALABOOSTA by Einat Admony

The first night of Chanukah is my favorite. With piles of delicious latkes (with apple sauce, not sour cream, thank you) and sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly donuts), there’s good reason to call Chanukah the festival of cholesterol!

If ever I were going to attempt to make my own sufganiyot, I’d use the recipe from this gorgeous cookbook.

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2. MATZOH AND MISTLETOE by Jodie Griffin

All this oil is making things hot! Spice up your second night of Chanukah with Jodie Griffin’s erotic romance novella.




For me, peanut butter is its own food group—skip the jelly. It’s unlikely I would have made it through elementary school with nut bans. Sadly this book is now out of print, but if you have a picky eater in your family or are just looking for a fun Chanukah book for a child, do try to track this one down. This book was the catalyst for my trying latkes. (See point one.)

4. LATKE CLAN by The Leevees

In the season two holiday episode of Grey’s Anatomy, McDreamy asks his operating room staff to find a Chanukah carol while he performs brain surgery on a man whose family celebrates Chrismukkah and I (and millions of others) was introduced to this very catchy song.

If you like this one, check out the rest of the album!

5. THE MODERN JEWISH GIRL’S GUIDE TO GUILT edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson


Though not technically a Chanukah book, this collection of essays from female Jewish writers touches on many guilt-inducing topics that come up especially during the holidays.

6. Chanukah Song Part 4 by Adam Sandler

13 years since the last update, Adam Sandler has released a new version of The Chanukah Song. Yasher koach, Adam!

7. Latke Recipe by The Maccabeats

Still need a latke recipe, check out this one from The Maccabeats!

8. LIGHTING THE FLAMES by Sarah Wendell

Close out the holiday with another great romance by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, edited by Carina Press Editorial Director Angela James.

9. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by The Bare Naked Ladies

Because the Chanukiyah has an extra candle called a shamash to help light the candles, we’re including one bonus song. And even though you’ll typically hear us quipping about shirtless male cover models, our final song comes from The Bare Naked Ladies.

Tell us in the comments what your favorite Chanukah book or song is! Chag sameach (happy holiday), everyone!

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