December is a time for celebration, where many religions and cultures are honoring important holidays. Books are an awesome tool for parents and children alike to explore their own identity or learn about something new. 

Here are some diverse books to consider reading with your young children this holiday season. For each book, we included a link to Amazon to purchase. We encourage you to link your account with Amazon Smile, so that a small percentage of your purchases go to a charity of your choice. Once you sign up, you can select the Center for Creative Education for donation. 

Kwanzaa Books

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa

Ages 4-8 This Kwanzaa book featuring the kind little rabbit as well as other helpful animals explores the seven principles of Kwanzaa and the true meaning of this important holiday. 

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My First Kwanzaa

Ages 2-5 This simple picture book is designed to introduce young readers to the seven days of Kwanzaa. A little girl takes readers through how her family celebrates the holiday. 

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My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa 

Ages 6-8 In this festive storybook, Kevin tells us how his family celebrates Kwanzaa. He defines key terms, explores the history of the holiday, and explains how different families celebrate in different ways. 

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Together for Kwanzaa 

Ages 3-7 Kwanzaa is Kayla’s favorite time of year. But will a big snowstorm keep her brother, Khari, from getting home in time to celebrate? 

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Seven Spools of Thread

Ages 5-8 This book tells the story of the seven Ashanti brothers who put aside their constant fighting in order to turn spools of thread into gold as a wish of their father who passed away.

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Hanukkah Books

Latke, the Lucky Dog

Ages 4-5 An adorable newly adopted puppy has been res­cued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah and joins all his new family’s celebrations.

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Hanukkah Bear 

Ages 4-8 Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, and on the first night of Hanukkah, the scent of her cooking wakes a hungry, adorable bear from his hibernation. A history section and a recipe for latkes are included in the back of the book! 

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Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles

Ages 4-8 When Sara sees a man taking free bruised fruit from the shop, it inspires her to focus on acts of charity (tzedakah). Sara and her family leave their own offerings where the man can find them, including a menorah, candles, and Hanukkah cookies with sprinkles. As they get to know him, he goes from being a poor stranger to a welcome member of their community, with his own gifts to share.

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A Hanukkah with Mazel

Ages 3-8 Misha, a poor artist, has no one to celebrate Hanukkah with until he discovers a hungry cat in his barn. The lucky little cat, whom Misha names Mazel, inspires Misha to turn each night of Hanukkah into something special. 

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Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

Ages 4-7 This book about a family with an Indian father and a Jewish mother blends cultural traditions. The story focuses on Sadie, a mischievous little girl whose penchant for climbing might save her family’s holiday. 

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Christmas Books

A World of Cookies

Ages 4-9 This book takes readers around the world to see all the sweet treats that await Santa on Christmas Eve. Recipes are included in the back of the book! 

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‘Twas Nochebuena

Ages 3-5 This picture book, whose words follow the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, showcases one Latino family’s Christmas Eve traditions, including making tamales and hanging adornos (decorations) on the wall. 

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Babushka: A Christmas Tale

Ages 4-8 A retelling of the traditional Russian Christmas tale in which an old woman is visited by the three travelers following a star in the East to see the “newborn king.”

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The Real Santa

Ages 4-8 One family goes on a journey to discover what Santa really looks like. This book is a celebration of identity, family, and holiday cheer.

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North’s Pole

Ages 3-9 Santa’s daughter, North, helps Tess the Elf find the job that will be her perfect fit at the North Pole.Buy it here:

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