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Holiday Book Recommendations

Dec 10, 2018    |   Children’s BooksWinter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are upon us, and each child in your care comes from a family with its own traditions. To create a classroom environment that welcomes all celebrations, it can be helpful to read books to the children about different traditions and cultures. Books and stories create a personal connection and encourage discussion.

Below is a list of books with age group recommendations and a link to purchase. You might also want to check availability at your local library.

Infants & Toddlers

Where is Baby’s Dreidel?

by Karen Katz

In a search to find the dreidel, this story explores the symbols of Hanukkah. Infants and toddlers will enjoy the engaging sensory experience of lifting the flaps to find what is hidden underneath.


A Kwanzaa Celebration

by Nancy Williams, illustrated by Robert Sabuda

This book’s colorful, 3D pop-up pictures are a fun way to explore the traditions and principles of Kwanzaa. With basic introductions to African words and pronunciations, this book offers an engaging and unique learning opportunity.

Dream Snow

by Eric Carle

This book tells the story of a farmer on Christmas Eve who dreams about a magical snowstorm that covers him and his animals in a beautiful blanket of snow. This book will be enjoyed by infants and toddlers, who will love to lift-the-flaps of the book and find the hiding animals.

Young Preschool

Lots of Lights

by Kavita Sahai

The Indian holiday of Diwali already occurred this year, but it’s never too late to have conversations about different holidays and traditions. This story’s fun rhymes will be engaging and exciting to read with the children in your care.


The Mitten

by Jan Brett

This holiday classic tells the story of a mitten lost in the snow. One by one, different woodland animals find it. The humorous and simple plot is an especially great read for young preschoolers, but can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Bringing in the New Year

by Grace Lin

Following December’s holidays, many families will get ready for Chinese New Year in early February. This book tells the story of a Chinese-American family’s celebration, including food, festivities and traditions. Purchase as a board book for young readers.

Preschool & Pre-K

Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World

by Heather Conrad, illustrated by DeForest Walker

This book introduces children to 10 winter holidays celebrated around the world. The book has simple illustrations and descriptions of each holiday to serve as an introduction to a discussion of different cultures and their unique celebrations.


by Cynthia Rylant

This book’s simple text and captivating illustrations tell the nativity story in a fascinating read that will appeal to children of all ages. This story is a great addition to your collection to discuss the meaning of Christmas and why some families celebrate this special day.

Too Many Tamales

by Gary Soto, illustrated by Ed Martinez

While making tamales for Christmas dinner, a young girl misplaces her mother’s diamond ring. This story’s humor and colorful pictures will be enjoyed during a group story time, while introducing foods and traditions enjoyed by Hispanic families during the holiday season.

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