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Tales of Festive Traditions for Independent Readers

From enthralling and enduring folktales to encounters with St. Nick, these books invite your child to celebrate diverse festivals of light.
 
New Year
New Year
by Michele Sobel Spirn
Includes, among others, Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, an English New Year's Day, a Russian children's party at Moscow's Kremlin, and the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

Go "time traveling" without leaving the classroom with this fun activity.

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Diwali
Diwali
by Trudi Strain Trueit
Readers will learn about Diwali, celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs as the Festival of Lights by people in India and around the world.
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When Santa Fell to Earth
When Santa Fell to Earth
by Cornelia Funke Illustrated by Paul Howard

Scared by a storm, Twinklestar, the least reliable reindeer, bolts—causing Santa and his sleigh to crash-land.

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Hardcover Book: $11.19

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Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm, A
Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm, A
by Jon Koons Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Hanukkah is fast approaching in the village of Chelm, but the Rabbi is away. Unfortunately, not one of the villagers remembers how Hanukkah is supposed to be celebrated. So they send Yossel, a simple young man, to the neighboring village to learn what he can.

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The Angel Tree
The Angel Tree
by Daphne Benedis-Grab
A heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story! Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square — the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true.
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The Jar of Fools
The Jar of Fools
by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
The residents of Chelm do not see things the same way that people in other towns and cities do. In Chelm, latkes can be created from nothing using a magic spoon, hay forks can be menorahs, and dreidels do not have any letters on their sides. But are the residents truly foolish, or perhaps wiser than all the rest?
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Ready, Set, Snow!
Ready, Set, Snow!
Series: Ready, Freddy!, Book #16
by Abby Klein Illustrated by John McKinley
In this sixteenth book of the Ready, Freddy! series, first-grader Freddy shows what being a good sport means when he competes against Max in the Snowshoe Race at their school's mini Winter Olympics.
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A Very Special Kwanzaa
A Very Special Kwanzaa
by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate

Charlie's school is holding a Kwanzaa Festival, and he doesn't want any part of it. Last year, he became the class clown. He was chosen to stand in front of the entire class wearing a dashiki, beads, and sandals — in the middle of winter! This year, he just wants things to be normal.

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Poppleton in Winter
Poppleton in Winter
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Mark Teague

Snowflakes are in the air, and winter is here at last! Poppleton makes a new friend, sculpts a bust of Cherry Sue, and gets a wintry birthday surprise in these three witty, beautifully illustrated stories.

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A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
by Charles Dickens
An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite.
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Seven Spools of Thread
Seven Spools of Thread
by Angela Shelf Medearis Illustrated by Daniel Minter
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread.
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Cheryl the Christmas Tree Fairy
Cheryl the Christmas Tree Fairy
Series: Rainbow Magic
by Daisy Meadows

Christmas cheer has disappeared! Rachel and Kirsty are staying at a cozy cabin in the woods for Christmas. But everything is going wrong. Even their Christmas tree is missing! The girls think they know who's causing all the holiday trouble, and they're right!

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Sam I Am
Sam I Am
by Ilene Cooper

Twelve-year-old Sam Goodman knows the holidays are going to be difficult when his dog knocks over the Hanukkah bush/Christmas tree. His Jewish father and Christian mother have never quite figured out how to celebrate both holidays, and when the tree goes down, their resentments, simmering for so long, boil over.

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The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
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A Christmas Memory
A Christmas Memory
by Truman Capote Illustrated by Beth Peck

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls.

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Clementine for Christmas
Clementine for Christmas
by Daphne Benedis-Grab

An irresistible and timeless Christmas story by the author of The Angel Tree.

Josie's timid, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Between her beloved Clementine and a load of Christmas fun, what more could she need?

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Santa Paws
Santa Paws
Series: Santa Paws, Book #1
by Nicholas Edwards
Two bestselling books bound into one Christmas canine super special!
From homeless puppy to hometown hero! Santa Paws comes to the rescue in these two holiday stories. In Santa Paws, a lonely puppy wants one thing more than anything else this Christmas: a home to call his very own!
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Kringle
Kringle
by Tony Abbott Illustrated by Greg Call
Unlike the traditional Santa Claus myth, Kringle is a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a force for good in a dark and violent time. It is a tale of fantasy, of goblins, elves, and flying reindeer — and of a boy from the humblest beginnings who fulfills his destiny.
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson

Called one of America's favorite Christmas stories, and now a classic television movie, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has been a favorite of young readers the world over since 1972.

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The Bells of Christmas
The Bells of Christmas
by Virginia Hamilton Illustrated by Lambert Davis
Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890.
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Christmas Menorahs
Christmas Menorahs
by Janice, D.S.W. Cohn Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

In Billings, Montana, a Menorah displayed in boy's bedroom prompted someone to throw a rock through the window.

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