Grades K–2

It's Hanukkah!
by Jeanne Modesitt, Illustrated by Robin Spowart

Here is the story of Hannukah, as well as information on the Menorah, traditional Hanukkah blessings and the game of the Dreidel. Includes a recipe and song.

Light the Lights!: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
by Margaret Moorman

Every December, Emma and her family celebrate two special holidays. First comes Hanukkah, with dreidel games and lighting the menorah. Then comes Christmas, with carols, bright lights on the tree, and presents.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

The music, the stories, the traditions — learn all about this great African American holiday.

Pippin the Christmas Pig
by Jean Little

Ignored by the other barn animals, determined Pippin sets out one cold winter's night to find the meaning of Christmas.

Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story
by Fran Maushkin

A warm and exuberant Hanukkah story about the Menashe family's joyous holiday celebration - despite a scarcity of food.

Grades 3–6

Dear America: Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary of Minnie Swift. Indianapolis, IN, 1932
by Kathryn Lasky

At the age of twelve, Minnie Swift is living through one of the toughest times in America's history, The Great Depression. She keeps a detailed diary over the span of one Christmas month.

Christmas Tapestry
by Patricia Polacco 

Christmas Tapestry is the holiday tale of two families, two faiths, and two lonely people united by a beautiful twist of fate.

A Very Special Kwanzaa
by Debbi Chocolate

Charlie's school is holding a Kwanzaa festival and his teacher chooses him to lead the celebration.

The Legend of the Poinsettia
by Tomi dePaola 

The award-winning author-illustrator retells the story of the poinsettia in this holiday read aloud. When Lucida is unable to finish her gift for the Baby Jesus in time for the Christmas procession, a miracle enables her to offer the flower we now call the poinsettia.

An Orange for Frankie
by Patricia Polacco

In this story about a family tradition and the spirit of giving, nine children look forward to a simple gift of oranges nestled among the evergreens on Christmas morning.

Grades 6–8

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

The infamous Scrooge learns a thing or two about the meaning of Christmas with the help of a few intriguing ghosts.

World Holidays: A Watts Guide for Children
by Heather Moehn

Students will find these books useful as a reference source for preparing and enhancing research reports, or simply satisfying their curiosity about the world.

Sam I Am
by Ilene Cooper

With his Jewish father and Christian mother bickering about how to celebrate the holidays this year, Sam is left to wonder about his own identity. It's not making it any easier that his best friend is preparing for his Bar Mitzvah and his secret crush is sure of her own religion.

Take Peace!: A Corgi Cottage Christmas with Tasha Tudor
by Tasha Tudor

Experience all the joys of a Corgi Cottage Christmas as Tasha reads from A Night Before Christmas, fashions a wreath, bakes Christmas cookies and shares the beauty of a Vermont winter.