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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3y8JTGb

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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3EHfQro 

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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3dwPEE6

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? 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3maDzt5

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.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3oClB3X

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.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3EHceWz

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! 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3EGIglw

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.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3dCLsTo

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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/31B2qiD

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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3ybBuBN

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! 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3oGfuvP

‘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. 

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/31LHB3o

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.”

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3pNB9l8

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.

Buy it here: https://amzn.to/3ycuCUx

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: https://amzn.to/3GuNXTW

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