Books for Teaching About Holiday Celebrations
- Grades: 1–2
From Unit Plan: Different Ways We Celebrate The following books are helpful in studying diverse holiday celebrations.
Las Navidades: Christmas by Lulu Delacre
A bilingual collection of songs highlighting seasonal traditions.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to introduce Christmas Songs from Latin America.
Light the Lights! : A Story About Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman
Join Emma and her family as they celebrate two holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas.
Classroom Tip: Have students compare and contrast the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays.
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
A traditional retelling of this Christmas classic.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to share details of a traditional American Christmas celebration.
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A beautifully designed picture book of the seven-day African-American holiday.
Classroom Tip: Read this book aloud to introduce students to the traditions and origins of Kwanzaa.
The Scholastic Big Book of Holidays Around the Year by Susan Dillon
A terrific holiday resource of great activities, read-aloud fast facts, and reproducibles.
Classroom Tip: You can use this book as a resource guide for over 70 celebrations.