Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama Book Poster Image

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama



Two-tradition family doubles the holiday fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Lots of information about Christmas and Hanukkah traditions, including the story behind each holiday and the foods and songs used to celebrate them.

Positive messages

The books' message is that it's fun to be "a mix of two traditions" and respect and celebrate both. As the girl narrator notes, "these traditional tales ... link us together today."

Positive role models

The little girl narrator is proud of her heritage, and her parents are models of respecting others' beliefs and traditions.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Christmas Daddy & Hanukkah Mama is a joyful look at a family that celebrates both holidays in food, song, storytelling, and decorations. Narrated by the daughter of this two-tradition family, the story presents diversity as fun and natural and makes respecting others' beliefs and culture look both easy and delightful.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

A little girl proudly proclaims, \"I am a mix of two traditions from Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama,\" then takes readers on a tour of her home during the holidays. They decorate a Christmas tree with a shiny star, light eight candles on a menorah, and leave latkes for Santa. From singing \"Silent Night\" and \"Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel\" to kissing under the mistletoe and hearing the stories of the Maccabees and the oil lamp as well as the baby in the manger, this family doubles the fun and the meaning of the holiday season. On page after page, the little girl, her parents, and her extended family make the season bright, from Hanukkah to New Year's Day. And there's even a recipe for Cranberry Kugel Dressing!

Is it any good?


DADDY CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MAMA is a joyful celebration of two religious and cultural traditions under the same roof. Author-illustrator Selina Alko's spirited mixed-media illustrations are full of family coziness and comprehensive seasonal detail. It's a respectful look at the two traditions, with a multiracial cast of neighbors and relatives that subtly underscores the book's message about diversity and accepting others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own holiday traditions. Which ones do you look forward to each year?

  • How is Christmas Daddy & Hanukkah Mama different from other holiday books and movies you've seen?

  • How do you like the way author-illustrator Selina Alko uses collage elements in her illustrations? Can you spot the bits of patterned paper used for the kids' clothes and scarves and the printed paper that makes up part of the Christmas tree?

Book details

Author:Selina Alko
Illustrator:Selina Alko
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:September 11, 2012
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Available on:Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

This review of Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?
Thanks – we appreciate your feedback!