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16 Multicultural Winter Holiday Books (WTRW)

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16 Multicultural Winter Holiday Books

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

Christmas celebrations

The Night Before Christmas by Rachel Isadora - Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Night Before Christmas by Rachel Isadora

The classic poem, but it’s set in Africa.  Santa with dreadies?  Yeah yeah.   Too. Cool.

The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola - Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola

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.

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten by Helen Recorvitz - Multicultural Holiday BooksYoon and the Christmas Mitten by Helen Recorvitz

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.

Nine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Etz - Multicultural Holiday BooksNine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Etz

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.

The Spider's Gift by Eric A. Kimmel - Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Spider’s Gift by Eric A. Kimmel

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.

N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya - Multicultural Holiday Books

N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya

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.

Hanukkah Celebrations

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko - Multicultural Holiday Books

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko

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.

Simon and the Bear by Eric A. Kimmel - Multicultural Holiday Books

Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale by Eric A. Kimmel

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.

The Story of Hanukkah by Norma Simon Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Story of Hanukkah by Norma Simon

Gorgeous illustrations accompany this explanation of what Hanukkah is and why it is celebrated.

The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing - Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing

See the celebration through the eyes of one Jewish family in this sweet book.

Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown - Multicultural Holiday Books

Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown

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.

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington - Multicultural Holiday BooksLi’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

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.

Seven Spools of Thread by Angela S. Medearis - Multicultural Holiday BooksSeven Spools of Thread by Angela S. Medearis

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.

My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah Chocolate - Multicultural Holiday BooksMy First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah Chocolate

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.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney - Multicultural Holiday BooksSeven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A modern look at what it means to celebrate Kwanzaa.

The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo - Multicultural Holiday BooksThe Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo

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?

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  1. These are awesome! My kids have been asking a lot of questions about Hanukkah this year and I was looking for some fun books to read them that would hopefully answer their questions.
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