Diverse Books about Winter Festivals and Traditions

It’s TIME!

Many of you have been planning for the fall and winter festivities for months, but now that the calendar has officially flipped and we are well into November, well, it just feels right. Break out the twinkle lights, rolling pins, dreidels, and latkes!

We’re getting into the celebration swing of things with some book recommendations and book-related FUN!

Get ready for Hanukkah with wonderful children’s books celebrating the rich traditions of lighting the menorah, spinning dreidels, eating yummy food, and giving gifts to loved ones! Check out this list of diverse picture books showcasing the Jewish Festival of Lights from our friends at Multicultural Children’s Book Day:

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/diverse-picture-books-that-showcase-the-jewish-holidays/

Here are some fun recipes from Audrey Press showing off the best of Swedish Christmas traditions and foods:

https://audreypress.com/celebrating-a-santa-lucia-christmas-with-wish-cookies/

https://audreypress.com/celebrating-swedish-christmas-traditions-and-foods/

As the season changes from Fall to Winter, it’s also worth remembering the late Autumn holidays which have just passed.

Yom Kippur (celebrated in mid to late September or early October) is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith. Also known as the Day of Atonement, it is often observed with prayer, fasting, and asking for forgiveness for things that may have hurt others. Feminist Books for Kids has some excellent children’s books about Yom Kippur.

Also celebrated around the same time is the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Kelly’s Classroom Online shares how this festival is always celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when there is a full moon. On this special day, people gather with friends and family, give thanks for bountiful harvests, and say prayers for a good future.  It’s also a time filled with colorful lanterns, music, games, and… of course… mooncakes!

Scoot over to her site to discover 10 children’s books about this joyous occasion.

And don’t forget–MCBDis looking for diverse children’s and YA book reviewers for their 2022 celebration! Go here for more information and to get your name on our list to review a free diverse book for MCBD2022.

Keep Calm and Read On!

Becky Flansburg

 

 

Rebecca “Becky” Flansburg is an author, freelance writer, and project manager for the non-profit online children’s literacy initiative, Multicultural Children’s Book Day/ #ReadYourWorld. Join the celebration! Our 9th annual celebration will take place on January 28, 2022. For more information, visit Multicultural Children’s Book Day on the web.

 

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Kelly W.

Thank you for the shoutout and the link to my blog post. I really appreciate it! <3

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