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Children's books that feature holidays and festivals of many cultures.

Why Use Holiday Books?

Children notice that not everyone around them celebrates in the same way or even the same holidays. A culturally diverse society gives children the opportunity to appreciate a variety of special occasions. Studying holidays and festivals helps them to :

  • appreciate their own culture,
  • become aware of other cultures and traditions, and 
  • discover that many traditions began in other countries.

-- Matthew & Lowe. 2004. Neal-Schuman Guide to Celebrations and Holidays Around the World, p.xi.

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Days to Celebrate

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We Are What We Celebrate 

General Resources

This guide lists many children's books about specific holidays and celebrations. Additional items may be found by searching the Library catalog, BOSS, or the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database. To find more titles, search the Library Catalog or BOSS with terms such as :

  • Holidays
  • Festivals
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • names of specific festivals or holidays, e.g. New Year, Carnaval, Eid ul-Fitr, Obon, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, etc.

Other Contributors

The original layout for this page was created by Karen Morris, last updated June 2016 by Shannon Bowman.