In honor of November as Family Literacy Month, First 5 San Diego encourages families to celebrate this time of year by reading books about the different holidays. These books can introduce your child to the meaning of your families’ celebrations and how other families around the world celebrate theirs. Check your local library for these and other holiday books for children. Then snuggle up and read aloud.
Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
Dream Snow by Eric Carle
Lovers of Eric Carle’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar will recognize the same iconic collage illustrations in this wintry tale about a farmer who dreams about a white Christmas. Like Caterpillar, the pages hold extra interest for young readers, with cutouts and counting.
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington
Brer Rabbit meets African tradition in this tale of a rabbit looking for something special to give his sick grandmother for Karamu, the Kwanzaa feast.
Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman
The sweet stuffed bear in overalls offers toddlers an introduction to the traditions of Hanukkah, from lighting the menorah and hunting for gelt to playing dreidel.
Santa Mouse by Michael Brown
A lonely little mouse realizes Santa is always giving presents but never gets them, so he leaves a gift. His thoughtfulness is rewarded when he becomes Santa’s little—very little—helper.
When Christmas Feels Like Home by Gretchen Griffith
After moving from a small village in Mexico to a town in the United States, Eduardo is sure it will never feel quite like home. The other children don’t speak his language and they do not play fútbol. His family promises him that he will feel right at home by the time Christmas comes along. Eduardo discovers the United States is not so different from Latin America and home is wherever family is.