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Books for Teaching About Holiday Celebrations

By Tracey Roudez

Grades

1–2, 3–5

From Unit Plan: Different Ways We Celebrate

 

The following books are helpful in studying diverse holiday celebrations.

Literature:

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.

Professional Resource:

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.

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