Christmas Book List 2019
The holidays bring families and communities together around the world to celebrate the season with traditions passed down from generation to generation. These books explore several different cultures integrating American Christmas traditions with their own while illustrating how different countries celebrate and welcome the holidays.
A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas
Written by Pat Mora
A twist on the classic Christmas carol, Twelve Days of Christmas, the book offers a Latino/a version.
“On the second day of Christmas my amiga gave to me dos pastelitos and a piñata in a pine tree.”
Tree of Cranes
Written by Allen Say
A mother shares her childhood memories of celebrating Christmas in the United States with her son, as he celebrates his first Christmas in Japan. Together, they decorate a pine tree with origami cranes and candles.
“I was born and lived far away in another country, a warm place called California. Today is a special day in that warm place. If you happen to be there now, you would see trees like this, decorated with lights and small globes of silver and gold”
Christmas Around the World (It’s a Small World)
Written by Calliope Glass
See how the children of South Africa, Holland, Mexico and other countries prepare for Christmas.
“It’s almost time for Christmas! All around the world, children celebrate the season in different ways”
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten
Written by Helen Recorvits
Part of integration is bringing together the traditions and celebrations of newcomers with traditions widely celebrated in the United State. Read how Yoon and her family celebrate Christmas and the Korean New Year for the first time.
“…but father, you have also told me that America is our home now. Are we not both Korean and American?”
When Christmas feels like Home
Written by Gretchen Griffith
Moving to a new country can be challenging. However, with new friends and new traditions, it can start to feel like home. In this book, Eduardo celebrates the holidays with his new friends after moving to the United States from a small village in Mexico.
“He learned how to catch a football, he showed them how to dribble a futbol, he ate turkey, and they ate tortillas”
A World of Cookies for Santa
Written by M.E. Furman
There are various traditions to welcome the Christmas holiday. However, what is common among them all? The tasty treats left for Santa Clause and his reindeer.
“Follow along on Santa’s tasty trip around the globe, country by country and cookie by “cookie”