I grew up celebrating Hanukkah, my husband grew up celebrating Christmas so our daughter was exposed to both holidays. Even better than that, the area we live in is very diverse and she has been exposed to a variety of traditions and celebrations. I truly believe that this early exposure to other cultures, beliefs, and traditions have benefited her in so many ways. We love exploring other cultures and traditions through books that celebrate winter holidays around the world.
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Books that Celebrate Winter Holidays Around the World are a wonderful way for children to explore other cultures and traditions.
Lucia Morning in Sweden introduces children to the Lucia Day holiday traditions in Sweden. The beautiful illustrations and the charming story will entrance children age 4 – 7 years old.
Christmas Around the World is a great book for children age 4 – 8 years. The book looks at the rich diversity of Christmas traditions found in 12 distinctly different cultures and gives a one-page overview of the different traditions. It is kind of like taking a round the world tour of different Christmas traditions.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is one of my favorite books. Although the story is about Hannukah the message transcends the holiday. ” Tired and hungry, the wandering beggar Hershel of Ostropol arrives in a small village on the first night of Hanukkah and is eager to join the celebrations. But the villagers are terrified of Hanukkah – their synagogue is haunted by goblins who will not let the villagers celebrate the holiday and who make their lives miserable. Hershel, of course, is certain he can help, and volunteers to spend all eight nights of Hanukkah in the haunted synagogue. The task that Hershel must take on is truly daunting.” When Hershel was faced with a problem…”He didn’t get a gun, he didn’t get a knife…he used his ooold brain”.
For our Finnish relatives, the Winter Solstice is a holiday that they look forward to with mixed feelings. They do not enjoy the lack of sunlight, but they do like knowing that the shortest day of the year will soon be behind them. Explore The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice Children 6 – 9 years will enjoy learning about the winter solstice and the activities suggested in the book.
Winter Candle presents a beautiful message that transcends the holiday season. Winter Candle is a touching book that explores traditions, holidays, diversity and sharing. One candle makes a journey through the neighbor’s homes sharing light and beauty with them all, in many different ways. It is truly a multicultural experience.
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) is a wonderful book for children ages 5 – 8 years. I don’t know much about Kwanzaa so I enjoyed this story that explores the seven principles of Kwanzaa. We also enjoyed exploring the crafts and recipes included in the book, for celebrating the cultural holiday.
Around here many people celebrate The Chinese New Year. So we always enjoy celebrating the holidays with friends. Bringing In the New Year is a beautifully illustrated book that introduces the traditions of the Chinese New Year in a way that children ages 3 – 7 years will enjoy.
We are taking part in the Winter and Holiday Children Story Books Series hosted by The Jenny Evolution.
Check out all the great lists of books with different winter and holiday themes! There is a book list to fit everyone’s interests.