The holiday season is here and though most of us in the States celebrate Thanksgiving, our spiritual holidays are as diverse as our culture. Whether you are looking for a good book to represent your own culture or books to teach your littles about other cultures, I’ve got the goods.
Multicultural Winter Holiday Books
The classic poem, but it’s set in Africa. Santa with dreadies? Yeah yeah. Too. Cool.
This one is a favorite Christmas story told in Italy. Old Befana (who brings gifts to Italian children on Epiphany) follows 3 kings who stop at her door to find the Baby King they seek. I love this story.
This one is apparently out of print, but that means you can get it for a penny. Or it might be at the library. Yoon is a recent Korean transplant trying to convince her parents to celebrate Christmas. Lovely illustrations and a good way to get your littles thinking about what it would be like to be an immigrant.
This one teaches about the Mexican Christmas celebration Posada. Poor Ceci doesn’t want her star pinata busted. Your littles will love what happens when it bursts open.
Look for this one at the library because you Cannot get it for a penny on Amazon. But how could I resist a story about spiders decorating the Christmas tree? Because spiders. Set in the Ukraine, this is a lovely story about not rushing to kill your spider guests. Which you shouldn’t do anyway. Get a cup and put them outside. They don’t even know they’re bothering you.
My crush on this one is huge. A Spanish Christmas alphabet?! Do you know how many ways you could use this for teaching your littles? Oh. Yeah.
If you have or know a blended family, this precious book will show you how one family combines the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations into one beautiful, sparkling celebration.
This story. Oh, it’s too cute. Simon leaves for America, promising to send for his family. His mama reminds him to celebrate Hanukkah wherever he ends up. And he ends up on an ice floe for Hanukkah after a shipwreck. But he lights his Hanukkah candle anyway, attracting a polar bear who shares the holiday with him. On the last day of Hanukkah, his cheery candles attract a rescue ship. Good stuff.
Gorgeous illustrations accompany this explanation of what Hanukkah is and why it is celebrated.
See the celebration through the eyes of one Jewish family in this sweet book.
Talk about multicultural. This is a Multi-cultural multicultural book. You get me? Because most of us don’t live in Alaska, and things can be very different up there. I love the illustrations, and it’s a cool look at winter in Alaska. Which is not like winter in Indiana. At all. Though sometimes it does feel like we only have a couple hours of daylight.
I love the pictures. Look how stinkin’ cute that rabbit is. Plus, he’s inspired by Br’er Rabbit, and who can resist that? Not me, my friends. Not me.
This is a beautiful story about how a family working together can accomplish great things. Set in Africa, it’s about 7 brothers who follow the 7 principles of Kwanzaa to accomplish a common goal.
We used this book years ago to learn about Kwanzaa and it is still a keeper. It gives a pretty good description of what Kwanzaa entails accompanied by warm illustrations.
A modern look at what it means to celebrate Kwanzaa.
I like this one because it gives the Swahili word for each of the seven principles, but the pronunciations aren’t given until the end. Still, it’s cool to learn a new language, even if it’s just a few words.
Just writing this post makes me wonder how I could celebrate all 3 holidays without stepping on any toes or seeming weird. Ah well, when have I ever cared if people think I’m weird?
What to Read Wednesday
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