10 Multicultural Holiday Books for Children

//10 Multicultural Holiday Books for Children

10 Multicultural Holiday Books for Children

Including a wide variety of multicultural holiday books in your child care is a great way to celebrate diversity and show your child care kids how other children celebrate the various holidays during winter. As a child care provider, you probably care for children from many different cultures. Let them explore these different traditions and cultures with books that display what the winter season looks like around the world. If you have a favorite book that you keep in your child care, leave it in the comment section below. Happy Holidays!

A World of Cookies for Santa

By M.E. Furman

“A World of Cookies for Santa shares a glimpse of different Christmas traditions, and tasty treats children around the world leave for Santa to enjoy on his yearly trip around the globe.”

Walk This World at Christmastime

By Debbie Powell

“A collection of global cultures, Walk This World at Christmastime illustrates the ways people from around the world celebrate Christmas. Travel to a new set of countries with every turn of the page. Lift the numbered flaps for all the fun of an Advent calendar in a format to be read again and again.”

Lucia Morning in Sweden

By Ewa Rydaker

“In the busy house of the Svennson family, everyone is getting ready for the Swedish holiday of Lucia Day, December 13. The book tells the story of Santa Lucia through the eyes of three children in modern-day Sweden. It describes their giddy activities, brought to life in colorful, full-page illustrations, and also provides sheet music, recipes, and sewing patterns for the costumes traditionally worn by children on this day, when many Swedish people celebrate the legacy of Lucio and the coming of the light with coffee, saffron buns, ginger snaps, and wonderful singing. One of the most beloved and celebrated traditions of the Swedish people, Lucia Day also signifies that the Christmas holiday is getting close.”

Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada!

By Virginia Kroll

“A posada is an important Latino holiday tradition that happens all over the world on each of the nine nights before Christmas. There’s a lot to do every night before the party can begin, and here a little girl guides us through each step – from putting poinsettias to hanging the pinata – as she counts to ten in English and Spanish. Young readers can follow along by counting the different items mentioned. An author’s note at the end of the story further explains the origins of posada. Sprinkled with Spanish vocabulary and filled with lively illustrations, this is a posada no one should miss!”

Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World

By Heather Conrad

“Lights of Winter is a children’s book about winter celebrations around the world: Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Teng Chieh, Diwali, Soyal, Las Posadas, Zagmuk, Saturnalia.”

Kwanzaa Kids

By Joan Holub

“In a lift-the-flap book perfect for teaching young children about the meaning and traditions of this joyous holiday, each day the children light another candle on the Kinara and celebrate the Kwanzaa principle of the day.”

The Shortest Day – Celebrating the Winter Solstice

By Wendy Pfeffer

“The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people were afraid when each day had fewer hours of snushine than the day before. Over time, they realized the one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history.”

A Piñata in a Pine Tree

By Pat Mora

“A festive Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” populated with piñatas in place of partridges, as well as burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons) and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. Every page includes treats for children to find and count in Spanish, with pronunciations incorporated into the lavish illustrations. A glossary and music follow the story.”

My First Kwanzaa

By Karen Katz

“A festive Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” populated with piñatas in place of partridges, as well as burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), lunitas cantando (singing moons) and much more, all displayed in the most vivid colors imaginable. Every page includes treats for children to find and count in Spanish, with pronunciations incorporated into the lavish illustrations. A glossary and music follow the story.”

Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Book

By Joan Holub

“It’s Chinese New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year’s dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all – watching the spectacular Chinese New Year’s parade! Introduce the customs of Chinese New Year to even the youngest readers with this festive new lift-the-flap book.”

2018-12-11T20:06:26+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Holiday Season|0 Comments

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