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It never ceases to amaze me how many beautiful and Diverse Holiday Books for kids that there are that celebrate this festive holiday season. Lately I’ve noticed quite a few of these Diverse Holiday Books about Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Diwali and Kwanzaa Traditions so I thought I share a few that have either landed on my desk or caught my eye. Enjoy!
Diverse Holiday Books | Diwali
Lights, Camera Diwali by Amita Roy Shah
Light, Camera, Diwali! helps children gain a better understanding of Diwali, the Indian festivals of lights. Through this engaging story, children learn how Indian-American families celebrate Diwali in their homes. Dia receives a camera as a Diwali gift and uses it to capture her memories of this special day. She takes photos of her family decorating clay lamps, creating unique rangoli designs, preparing sweets called ladoos, setting off firecrackers and more! This captivating story also helps children learn why Diwali is celebrated. While Dia explores the rituals of Diwali with her camera, children learn about a Prince named Rama who was exiled into a forest for 14 years. After fighting off a demon, he is welcomed back into his city with a “row of lights.” Children learn about how Diwali teaches us that light will overcome darkness and good will conquer evil.
Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali by Ajanta & Vivek (Published by Bollywood Groove)
This new release is already ranked high on the Amazon Best Seller list and publisher, Bollywood Groove, is also an Author Sponsor for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018. I love that this colorful book is part of a multicultural and educational series. Join Maya, Neel and their pet squirrel, Chintu, as they visit India and enjoy this festive holiday. BollyGroove’s vibrant books include, Let’s Celebrate Holi! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid! (Muslim Festival of Fasting & Sweets), Let’s Celebrate Navratri! (Nine Nights of Dancing & Fun) Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Visit Mumbai! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series)
Diverse Holiday Books | Hanukkah
Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm by Linda Glaser
Faigel makes the best Hanukkah latkes in Chelm, but somehow, this year she’s forgotten how to make them! She sends her husband, Shmuel, to ask the rabbi for help. And in Chelm, the village of fools—oy vey!—this becomes a recipe for disaster!
The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin | A Hanukkah Picture Book
The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin by Martha Seif Simpson and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard is a precious tale which shares an important message of the heart.
Two days before Hanukkah, a peddler goes to the toymakers shop and sells him a beautifully painted wooden dreidel. This particular dreidel comes just in time because the shop keeper had sold his last dreidel. “Remember,” said the peddler. “That the miracle of Hanukkah cannot be bought. ”
In a strange series of events, two different children bought the dreidel and then returned it the next day insisting the dreidel didn’t spin. How does a dreidel not spin?
Diverse Holiday Books | Kwanza
The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna Washington
Light the candles on the kinara! Fly the bendera, and tell stories from Africa! The festival of Kwanzaa was originated by Dr. Maulana Karenga to honor the customs and history of African Americans. The seven principles of Kwanzaa, called the Nguzo Saba, serve to remind African Americans of the struggles of the past, and also focus on present-day achievements and goals for the future.
The holiday fun continues with activities at the end of the book, including making your own cow-tail switch and baking benne cakes.
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis
Diverse Holiday Books | Santa Lucia
Lucia Morning in Sweden-Ewa Rydåker: Peek inside the busy Svensson house in Sweden, where Sofie, Louise, and Carl are getting ready for Lucia Day, December 13. Follow their adventures through the day and learn how to create your own Lucia Day celebration. This wonderful book includes recipes for Lucia buns and ginger snaps, words and music to the Santa Lucia song, and patterns for a Lucia gown, plus the legend of Santa Lucia. We have a full post about this book two posts ago.
Those of us with Swedish roots will love this Exceptionally Magical Winter Tomte Booklist
So many books, so little time! What are some of your holiday favorites?
One More Thing-It’s time for the 2nd Annual Audrey Press’ Holiday Book Love Sale!
As the holiday season approaches, consider adding the gift of books to your shopping list. There are many wonderful booklists available for parents looking to give their child the gift of reading and adventure. A book makes a great gift because they are meaningful, beautiful, portable, appealing, and inexpensive and it’s a gift that can be opened again and again. Books are the perfect gift for any age and a gift that doesn’t require batteries or sizing instruction!
If you would like to get started on your family reading adventure, or would just like to add to your family bookshelf, Audrey Press has some special deals on their catalog of books to get readers and gift-givers on their merry way. From November 27th to December 15th, give the gift of reading, adventure and education at extra-special “extended” Black Friday prices!
Go HERE to get the scoop on all of the Beautiful Books for Kids that can be purchased at Special Holiday Prices! Read on!
The Holiday Book Love Sale | Audrey Press’ Gift to YOU
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