This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
Students study the holidays celebrated in families and communities around the world to learn about traditions and cultures different from their own, and to honor the diversity in their own communities. For young students, literature is often a portal into these cultural explorations.
TeachingBooks.net’s database contains thousands of multimedia resources about the books and authors studied in K–12 environments. In this post, we are pleased to offer a selection of materials to expand discussions about holidays throughout the school year.
“Celebrating Ramadan and Eid” from Colorin Colorado
Eli Remembers by Ruth Vander Zee, Marian Sneider, and Bill Farnsworth (Eerdmans Book, 2007)
Halloween and El dia de los muertos
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Henry Holt, 2006)
1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac (National Geographic Society, 2001)
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday House, 1989)
A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King, illustrated by Gary Clement (Groundwood. 2009)
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin, 1985)
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Dial, 1993)
Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge (Albert Whitman, 2007)
Chinese New Year
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin (Knopf, 2008)
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine by Barbara Park, illustrated by Denise Brunkus (Random House 1999)
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net