Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama

Author: Selina Alko
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2012
Theme: Cultural celebrations, holidays
Grade Level: K-3rd

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko


This book is perfect for families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Sadie celebrates both holidays at her house, where they leave Hanukkah gelt under the Christmas tree and sing carols about the brave Maccabees.

Why I Choose This Book

A young girl celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah together as one integrated holiday where they tell stories about each and eat foods surrounding each holiday. It shows children that one household can celebrate multiple holidays. I choose this book because I too celebrated both holidays growing up and want children to be exposed to this. The colorful illustration and narration will appeal to all ages.

Book Activity

Download and print the activity sheets and color your own menorah and/or Christmas tree.