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Book List: Holidays, Celebrations, & Special Days

Here is a selection of books from our collection about holidays, such as Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Diwali, Eid, Kwanzaa, and the Lunar New Year, and other special celebrations throughout the year. We strive to include as much varied racial/cultural representation as possible, with a focus on #OwnVoices, but these lists also reflect what is available on the market.

These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, use the search box to search for a specific holiday, or in the case of religious holidays, try the filtered search on the left-hand bar: go to “Religion” and click a specific religion.

See also this blogpost, “Lighting the Lights.”

Bowwow powwow

2018

by Brenda J. Child and Jonathan Thunder

When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers -- all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.--Provided by publisher

Beautiful Life

Filipino celebrations

2011

by Liana Romulo and Corazon Dandan- Albano

"Brimming with vivid illustrations and rich cultural background, Filipino Celebrations makes major festivals such as Holy Week, Independence Day, Christmas and New Year come alive, together with family celebrations such as weddings, birthdays, baptisms, and a girl's debut into society. Each chapter discusses the history of the holiday; its cultural influences; how certain holidays are celebrated differently in different regions of the Philippines; special customs, foods, key words and phrases associated with the festivals; and more. Each chapter gives children a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of this island nation. Activities such as games, songs, crafts and recipes invite children to participate in the fun. Filipino Celebrations engages the 5-11 age group in a way that is both informative and fun"--Publisher's description

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