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Children’s Holiday Books

Picture Books

Minnie and Moo and the Night before Christmas
Denys Cazet
When Minnie and Moo discover that the Farmer has, once again, forgotten where he hid the children’s Christmas presents, they use Clement Moore’s famous poem as a how-to book and deliver the gifts themselves.

What the Little Fir Tree Wore to the Christmas Party
Satomi Ichikawa
Ignored while the other trees talk about how they will be dressed for Christmas, a small fir tree finds her dreams fulfilled on Christmas morning.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis

P. Bear’s New Year’s Party
Paul Owen Lewis
P. Bear’s friends arrive for a New Year’s Eve countdown.

Messy Bessey’s Holidays
Pat McKissack
Bessey and her mother bake cookies for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, and after cleaning up the kitchen, they distribute the treats to their neighbors.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
Angela Shelf Medearis
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa.

Big Bob and the Winter Holiday Potato by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Big Bob and the Winter Holiday Potato
Daniel Manus Pinkwater
For their second-grade class celebration of Kwaanza, Chanukah, Christmas and all other winter holidays, Gloria and Big Bob write a play about Potato Claus, friend to children everywhere.

Chanukah Lights Everywhere
Michael J. Rosen
A young boy counts the candles on the family menorah and the lights he sees in the world around him on each night of Hanukkah.

It’s Kwanzaa Time! A Lift-the-Flap Story
Synthia Saint James
Simple text and colorful pictures explain the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Hanukkah Lights
Dian G. Smith
The days of Hanukkah are counted on a menorah as the candles are lighted.

First Night
Harriet Ziefert
Although others participate by driving, riding, and making music, Amanda Dade leads the parade to welcome the arrival of the New Year.

Children’s Fiction

Jason’s Miracle: A Hanukkah Story
Beryl Lieff Benderly
Twelve-year-old Jason has ambivalent feelings about Hanukkah until he finds himself transported back to the time of the Maccabean revolt in Judea.

The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm by Eric A. Kimmel

A Very Small Kwanzaa
Debbi Chocolate
Charlie’s school is holding a Kwanzaa festival, and he doesn’t want to be any part of it because last year he was made fun of when he participated. But Charlie soon learns that Kwanzaa is a celebration of creativity and caring, of family and friends, that Kwanzaa can be a pretty special time-for everyone.

The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories from Chelm
Eric A. Kimmel
Drawing on traditional Jewish folklore, these Hanukkah stories relate the antics of the people of Chelm, thought-perhaps incorrectly-to be a town of fools.

Happy Holidays, Jessi by Ann M. Martin

The Shoe Tree of Chagrin
Patrick Lewis and Chris Sheban
The barn-tall old plainswoman Susannah DeClare braves deep snow and icy weather to fulfill her promise to deliver a load of handmade shoes to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by Christmas.

The Dollhouse Magic
Yona Zoldis McDonough
During the Depression, intrigued by the beautiful dollhouse they see in a house window, sisters Lila and Jane befriend its elderly owner and ultimately have a very different Christmas.

Happy Holidays, Jessi
Ann M. Martin
Jessi is filled with holiday excitement: she loves Christmas and Kwanzaa, but a terrible accident changes her plans for the holidays.

Children’s Nonfiction

A Child Was Born by Grace Maccarone

A Child Was Born: A First Nativity Book
Grace Maccarone
j232.92 qM123 2000
Rhyming text retells the story of the birth of Jesus.

Hanukkah: Celebrating the Holiday of Lights
Arlene Erlbach
j296.435 E69 2002
How Hanukkah is celebrated in the United States today, with a craft project and game included.

Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah
Michael J. Rosen
j296.435 qR8131 2000
A child describes how one family celebrates Hanukkah, including polishing the silver menorah, lighting the candles, having a special family dinner, and sharing gifts.

Amy Robin Jones
j394.261 qJ76 2001
Describes the origin and meaning of the African-American holiday which has been celebrated each year since 1966 from December 26 to January 1.

Kwanzaa by Dana Meachen Rau

Dana Meachen Rau
j394.261 R239 2000
Discusses the origins, symbols, and celebration of Kwanzaa, the holiday that focuses on African American history, culture, and experiences.

New Year’s Day
David F. Marx
j394.2614 M392 2000
Introduces young readers to the celebrations of New Year’s.

New Year’s Day
Dana Meachen Rau
j394.2614 R239 2000
Discusses the history, customs, and celebrations of New Year’s Day.

The Night before Christmas
Clement C. Moore
j811.2 qM821n 1999a
Illustrates the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.