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Holidays & Festivals

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Acoustic Christmas CD. Putumayo World Music, $14.99

Classic and contemporary Christmas songs by renowned singer-songwriters, jazz and blues musicians help bring the season to life!


The Animals of Chinese New Year. Jen Sookfong Lee, $9.95 (ages 2 and under)

Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee's lively text.


Around the Passover Table. Tracy Newman, illustrated by Adriana Santos, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

The candles are lit, the seder plate filled, and the matzo stacked high. Join in to read, sing, eat, and observe the holiday. The many steps of a Passover seder are portrayed in this rhyming story.

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Baby's First Chinese New Year. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

From colorful lanterns, to beautiful traditional clothes, to special animals that each year is named after, Baby's First Chinese New Year features all the familiar favorites associated with one of Asia's biggest and brightest celebrations. An ideal baby gift to develop early learning, the simple pictures and sentences promote language skills, and the small, padded format is perfect for babies to hold.


Baby's First Diwali. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

Celebrate Diwali with this delightful baby board book that little ones will adore. Learn all about the amazing festival of light with your little one! Baby's First Diwali perfectly captures the joy of this special celebration and is an ideal preschool learning introduction to the traditions of the holiday.


Baby's First Hanukkah. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

From the miracle of the oil, lighting the menorah candles, and delicious fried latkes and doughnut treats, to the spin-the-top dreidel game, shiny Hanukkah chocolate coins, and fun family time with songs to sing and gifts to give and receive, all the elements of this wonderful Jewish festival of lights are included. This classic first picture book for babies and toddlers has simple language and engaging, real life photos that bring the warmth and celebrations of Hanukkah to life.


The Best Eid Ever. Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen, $21.99 (ages 7-9)

It's Eid, and at the prayer hall, Aneesa meets two sisters who are refugees. With their father, they have fled from their war-torn country. Aneesa can't stop thinking about the girls and what Eid must be like for them. That's when Aneesa comes up with a plan to help the girls celebrate Eid and make it the best Eid holiday ever.

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Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs, 2nd Edition. Julie Bisson, $35.50

Since demographics have changed in early childhood programs, questions of how, when, and which holidays to celebrate have also become more complex and controversial. This guide provides educators with a toolbox for:

  • Developing inclusive policies
  • Evaluating holiday activities for appropriateness
  • Addressing commercialism and stereotypes
  • Involving families

Includes reproducible holiday policies, sample questionnaires for families, and a sample Holiday Practices Improvement Plan to adapt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your own holiday activities. This hands-on guide helps you celebrate holidays in your early learning program in culturally responsive, respectful, and inclusive ways. Age focus: 0–8.


Celebrating Chinese Festivals. Sanmu Tang, $19.95 (ages 3-5)

This collection of legends, poems, recipes, and activities explains the special customs, delicious foods and unique rituals of Chinese traditions and holidays.

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Celebrations Around the World: The Fabulous Celebrations You Won't Want to Miss. Katy Halford, $18.99 (ages 5-9)

Embark on an exciting journey through the most interesting and important festivals, celebrations, and holidays enjoyed by people around the world. Stunning original illustrations and fascinating facts will inspire and inform children about cultures and religions from the countries of the world. Witness a camel marathon in a celebration of the Sahara Desert, and devour some delicious dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year. Discover why skeletons dance at the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and get messy at Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors.

Children will love poring over artist Katy Halford's beautiful illustrations, which showcase every celebration in absorbing detail. Engaging factual writing introduce young readers to the most interesting aspects of each celebration, from the costumes worn to the food eaten, and encourage an understanding of other cultures and religions.


Chinese New Year: a Celebration for Everyone. Jen Sookfong Lee, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.


Chinese New Year Colors. Rich Lo, $24.99 (ages 3-7); Boardbook $10.99 (ages 1-3)

Hóng is the color of explosive firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. Welcome to the festivities of the Chinese New Year, where symbolic gifts, foods, and objects come together in a celebration of beautiful colors. This vibrant, simple, and highly graphic bilingual book is the perfect introduction to Chinese and English words for colors as it honors one of the biggest holidays around the world. Includes informative back matter.


Chinese New Year’s Dragon. Rachel Sing, $9.99 (ages 7-10)

Chinese New Year is always special — but this year there is magic in the air!

 

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Christmas Around the World CD. Putumayo World Music, $14.99

Putumayo gives the holiday season an international flavor with Christmas Around the World, a collection of familiar Christmas songs performed by artists from all over the globe. From a Cuban rendition of “Joy to the World” to a flamenco version of “White Christmas,” Christmas Around the World adds a unique twist to the classic carols that enliven the holidays.


Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah. Norman Bridwell, $4.99 (ages 3-5)

Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are celebrating their first Hanukkah. They love hearing the story of Hanukkah, eating "latkes" (fried potato pancakes) and "sufganiyot" (fried jelly donuts), and playing dreidel. After dinner, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth take a trip into town to see the giant menorah. But when they get there, they discover that one light is broken. It's too late in the evening to call a handyman, but maybe Clifford is big enough to help save Hanukkah!


Construction Site on Christmas Night. Sherry Duskey Rinker, illustrated by AG Ford, $24.99 (ages 2-5)

The trucks are gearing up for Christmas by building a special gift! But, there's a surprise waiting for each of them, too! Presents await for Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer as each finishes their part of this big, important job and rolls off to a sweet and sleepy goodnight.

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D is for Dreidel: a Hanukkah Alphabet. Greg Paprocki, $14.99 (ages 3 and under)

Celebrate all things Hanukkah in this A to Z primer. Introduce your little one to the Festival of Lights in this fun collection of twenty-six illustrations featuring Hanukkah-themed concepts, such as latkes, gelt, the menorah, and of course dreidels.


Dashing Through the Snow: a Canadian Jingle Bells. Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman, $16.99 https://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG (ages 2 and up)

When Sasquatch upsets Santa's sleigh, everyone gets the wrong presents. But that doesn't stop them from having a great time! Join in the merriment and mayhem as a wild (and familiar) cast of Canadian characters take over the Christmas holidays once again. With the same jolly rhymes and infectious energy that made A Porcupine in a Pine Tree an instant classic, this Canadian twist on "Jingle Bells" is the must-have, must-give book for the holidays.


Diwali. Nancy Dickman, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Learn about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita, and how Diwali is celebrated today.

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Diwali. Hannah Eliot & Archana Sreenivasan, $11.99 (boardbook, ages 2-4)

Each autumn we gather with our friends and family and light our brightest lanterns. It’s time for Diwali, the festival of lights! In this lovely board book with illustrations from Archana Sreenivasan, readers learn that the five days of Diwali are a time to pray for a bountiful season, celebrate the special bonds between siblings, and rejoice in the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.


Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Richard Steckel & Michele Steckel, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

This kid-friendly exploration of faith provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each, including historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles. Straightforward, simple text makes the content interesting and accessible, as do the vivid photos of children around the world. Parents and teachers will find FAITH: FIVE RELIGIONS AND WHAT THEY SHARE an invaluable tool for teaching respect for people of different beliefs.


Filipino Celebrations: a Treasury of Feasts and Festivals. Liana Romulo, $19.95 (ages 5-10)

Filipino Celebrations brings to life the festivals and celebrations of this diverse island nation. Perfect for families looking to share the unique culture of the Philippines, Filipino Celebrations includes activities such as games, songs, crafts and recipes which encourage children to participate and learn while having fun.

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The Gift of Ramadan. Rabiah York Lumbard, illustrated by Laura Horton, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won’t think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?


Hanukkah Delight! Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy Husband, $7.99 (ages 1-4)

Whimsical bunnies celebrate Hanukkah in this charming rhyming board book describing all the Hanukkah rituals beloved by Jewish kids.


Holi Colors. Rina Singh, $9.95 (ages 3 and under)

Experience Holi with every color of the rainbow! This Hindu celebration known as the festival of colors and the festival of love signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. A time to laugh, play, visit friends and get messy! Little ones will love exploring the colors of Holi through the vibrant photographs and Singh's playful rhymes in this brilliant concept book.

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Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents and Peace. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99 (ages 6-9)

With dazzling photographs and lively, lyrical text, this book introduces young readers to historical and cultural aspects of the Christmas holiday. Kids will get diverse and unique viewpoints about this very special day. With fascinating facts, a recipe, and activities, reading and learning about Christmas adds to the excitement in preparing for it.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99 (ages 6-9)

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur examines how these Jewish High Holy Days are celebrated worldwide. Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflection and resolution. On Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement, Jews fast, pray, and ask God's forgiveness for their sins. Deborah Heiligman's lively first-person text introduces readers to the sounding of the shofar, the holidays' greeting cards, prayers, and special foods. Rabbi Shira Stern's informative note puts the High Holy Days into wider historical and cultural context for parents and teachers.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99 (ages 6-9)

With dazzling images and engaging text, readers learn about the historical and cultural significance of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated around the world. From the lighting of the menorah to the special foods that are shared to the spinning of the dreidels, they'll get insights about this holiday's traditions and the Jewish faith. This book also offers fascinating facts, a recipe, and a Common Core-aligned activities.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Passover with Bitter Herbs, Matzah, and Remembering. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $7.95

The most celebrated holiday in the Jewish year, Passover commemorates the Exodus of Hebrew slaves from Egypt to freedom over 3,500 years ago. This colorful book explores the many forms that this weeklong celebration takes worldwide. Deborah Heiligman’s rich text details the long, lavish meals called seders, at which the Exodus is recalled in ritual, prayer, song, and story. With historical significance of traditional Passover feasts, delicious recipes encourage readers to experience the full flavor of this internationally observed holiday.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Diwali with Sweets, Lights, and Fireworks. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $7.95 (ages 6-9)

Beautiful, dynamic photographs and brief, lively text introduce readers to the joyous holiday of Diwali, evoking the celebrations of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. In Deborah Heiligman's inviting global odyssey we learn that Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and of light over darkness. Celebrate Diwali brings to life the holiday's traditions, food, and celebration rituals. The informative back matter includes Diwali recipes, a glossary, a Diwali card game, a map, and a resource list of books and Web sites.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa with Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the Harvest. Carolyn Otto, National Geographic Kids, $10.99 (ages 6-9)

Celebrate Kwanzaa focuses on this African-American holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving winter season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America. Over the course of seven days, African Americans come together with families and friends to light the candles that symbolize their past and future — and their unity. They gather as a community to make music and to dance, to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth, and to exchange simple, often homemade, gifts. Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained.

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $7.95 (ages 6-9)

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the fast's end, are sacred times for millions throughout the world. Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr examines the reasons for the month-long dawn-to-dusk fast and observes some of the wide variety of celebrations at the end of the fast worldwide.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

Full of fun and the antics a young dinosaur might get up to, this delightful book celebrates the eight days and nights of Chanukah.


How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas — and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere. But when the stockings are hung on the chimney, and the cookies are left out for Santa, how can little dinosaurs go to sleep? It's so exciting! How can they possibly calm down and behave? 

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Is It Passover Yet? Chris Barash, illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo, $22 .99 (ages 3-7)

It’s time to clean the house, set out our best dishes, and fill our homes with food and family to celebrate the joyous holiday of Passover! In this sweet story, join one family as they gather with loved ones to share the joy of togetherness and freedom that Passover brings.


Is It Rosh Hashanah Yet? Chris Barash, illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo, $22.99 (ages 3-7)

As summer ends and fall settles in, a family prepares to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. It’s time to pick apples, make cards, light the candles, and eat brisket to ring in the new year!


Japanese Traditions: a Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities. Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

In this delightful look at Japanese culture and family life, the author shares her warm childhood memories of many Japanese customs, such as gathering around the kotatsu to stay warm, throwing soybeans to keep away ogres and hanging handmade teru-teru-bozu dolls out the window to stop the rain. There are also many traditional Japanese games, toys, foods and celebrations taught through the illustrations. JAPANESE TRADITIONS provides a magical feast for children of all ages.

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A Jewish Celebration CD. Putumayo World Music, $14.99

Celebrate Hanukkah and other festive holidays with this medley of klezmer, reggae, ska and more from the Jewish diaspora. Le chaim!


Jonny Lambert's Ten Little Reindeer. Jonny Lambert, $16.99 (ages 3 and under)

Beautifully illustrated by Jonny Lambert, this delightful picture book makes a wonderful Christmas gift for babies and toddlers. Young children can turn the pages and lift the flaps to discover all the surprising things the busy reindeer are up to — they're checking the gifts, taking off with Santa's sleigh, swooping and diving, helping Santa through the chimney, stopping for carrots, falling asleep, getting tangled up, hitting a tree, and even going for a pee!


Kevin's Kwanzaa. Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo, $10.99 (ages 5-8)

Kevin's family is celebrating the seven days of Kwanzaa! Kevin helps his mom decorate the Kwanzaa table. They light candles with Grandma and Grandpa and learn a special word each day. They talk about working together and solving problems. On the sixth day, everyone eats and dances at a big feast!


Lailah's Lunchbox: a Ramadan Story. Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.

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Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: a Chanukah Story. Naomi Howland, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

Sadie and her four little brothers are very poor and always hungry. On the first night of Chanukah, Sadie performs a generous act, and in turn receives a frying pan that cooks up sizzling hot, golden latkes on command. Sadie tells her brothers never to use the magic pan, but when she goes out one afternoon, the mischievous boys can't resist. They remember the words to start the pan cooking... but what were the words to make it stop? This humorous tale of generosity and greed is accompanied by bright, cheerful illustrations depicting a traditional Russian village. An author's note and a recipe for Sadie's latkes are included.


Lighting a Lamp: a Diwali Story. Jonny Zucker, 9.990 (ages 3-7)

Diwali is the Hindu five-day festival of lights that welcomes in the lunar new year. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, or Aasho, which occurs in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. Cheerfully attractive color illustrations supplement a simply-told story of the holiday’s origins and a description of the festivities that are part of that holiday. 


Merry Christmas, Little Pookie. Sandra Boyton, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

It’s Christmas Eve! Join Mom and her little Pookie as they prepare for the merriest of holidays. Together they happily walk through the falling snow, bake Christmas cookies, decorate the house, and sing with friends and family — and at last settle down to sleep.

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Mog’s Christmas. Judith Kerr, $9.99 (ages 2-5)

The house is full of strange bustling noises and peculiar smells. Everyone is busy hanging holly and blowing up balloons, and where is that tree going? Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and there she stays... until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump!


My First Chinese New Year. Karen Katz, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year in this lively introduction to a special holiday.


Night of the Moon: a Muslim Holiday Story. Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, $11.99 (ages 5-8)

This sweet tale follows Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, as she celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, "The Night of the Moon" (Chaand Raat), and Eid. With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a peek into modern Muslim culture — and into the ancient roots of its most cherished traditions.

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Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise. Karen Fisman, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

Rachel loves visiting her Italian grandmother, even though Nonna celebrates Christmas and Rachel and her parents celebrate Hanukkah. Rachel plans to share Hanukkah with her whole family, so when Rachel's special menorah goes missing, Nonna steps in to save the day.


Passover Family. Monique Polak, $9.95 (ages 3 and under)

Teach babies and toddlers about this important Jewish festival by exploring what happens during the Passover seder with this delightful photographic board book. This primer features family and friends coming together to share a meal, tell stories and sing songs, and encourages little ones to participate in this special time. Children of all faiths will enjoy the bright photos and primary text that focuses on bringing family together to celebrate and observe a holiday tradition.


PASSOVER: Festival of Freedom. Monique Polak, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

During Passover, Jews are reminded of how, more than three thousand years ago, their ancestors emerged from slavery to become free men and women. Bestselling author Monique Polak explores her own Jewish roots as she tells the Passover story, which reminds us that the freedom to be who we are and practice our religion, whatever it may be, is a great gift. It also teaches us that if we summon our courage and look out for each other, we can endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances. Enlivened by personal stories, Passover reminds us that we can all endure and overcome the most challenging circumstances.

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A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: a Canadian 12 Days of Christmas. Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman, $16.99 https://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG (ages 2 and up)

Christmas, as only Canadians can celebrate! Where else do Mounties frolic, squirrels enjoy a fine game of curling, and hockey players mark the season as lords-a-leaping? This hilarious, tongue-in-cheek re-setting of the popular Christmas carol is the perfect gift for Canadians new and old, young and young-at-heart.


Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting. Ausma Zehanat Khan, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one's personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed. Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting explores the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition by focusing on an event of great spiritual significance and beauty in the lives of Muslims. Rich with personal stories and stunning photographs, Ramadan demystifies the traditions and emphasizes the importance of diversity in a world where Islamophobia is on the rise.


Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr. Nancy Dickmann, $8.95 (ages 4-6)

Beautiful photographs and simple text teach children all about Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr.

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Ramadan Moon. Na'ima Robert & Shirin Adi, $11.95 (ages 4-7)

Ramadan, the month of fasting, doesn't begin all at once. It begins with a whisper. And a prayer. And a wish. Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadan and the joyful days of Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of the month of fasting as the most special time of year. This lyrical and inspiring picture book captures the wonder and joy of this great annual event, from the perspective of a child. Accompanied by Iranian inspired illustrations, the story follows the waxing of the moon from the first new crescent to full moon and waning until Eid is heralded by the first sighting of the second new moon. 


Rosh Hashanah Is Coming! Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, $7.99 (ages 1-4)

This sweet board book celebrates the Jewish New Year.


Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah. Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

Sammy Spider wants to taste the golden honey the Shapiros set out for a sweet New Year. Mom tells him to stick to spinning webs, but will curious Sammy listen?

Sammy Spider's First Yom Kippur. Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

When Josh breaks the rules and plays ball indoors, he finds himself apologizing not only to his parents, but to Sammy Spider as well. A Yom Kippur story about saying, “I’m sorry.”

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The Shortest Day. Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem The Shortest Day captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!


The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice. Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Jesse Reisch, $9.99 (ages 6-9)

The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Long ago, people grew afraid when each day had fewer hours of sunshine than the day before. Over time, they realized that one day each year the sun started moving toward them again. In lyrical prose and cozy illustrations, this book explains what the winter solstice is and how it has been observed by various cultures throughout history. Many contemporary holiday traditions were borrowed from ancient solstice celebrations. Simple science activities, ideas for celebrating the day in school and at home, and a further-reading list are included.


The Story of Hanukkah. David Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber, $10.99 (ages 3 and under)

Hanukkah is a wonderful time filled with games, food, family, and fun. It's also the celebration of an ancient miracle, and retelling and remembering the story of that miracle is an essential part of the holiday, for young and old. This board book version of the popular and well-received picture book has been carefully pared down for preschoolers and toddlers, and will introduce children to the Maccabean Revolt, the Holy Temple of Jerusalem, and the oil that burned for eight nights.

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A Sweet Meeting on Mimouna Night. Allison Ofanansky & Rotem Teplow, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Set in Morocco, this sweet story of friendship and shared customs between a Jewish family and their Muslim neighbors provides a great introduction to the Moroccan Jewish holiday of Mimouna. It’s Mimouna — the Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, and when blessings are given for a year of prosperity and good luck. Miriam wants to help her mother make the sweet moufletot pancakes they always eat at their Mimouna party, but after following the rules of Passover, they don’t have any flour in the house! So Miriam’s mother takes her to visit their Muslim neighbors, who are happy to share. The women drink tea together, and Miriam makes friends with a young girl named Jasmine. Miriam almost drops the bag of flour when she and Jasmine go to fetch it from the storeroom — but luckily Jasmine is there to catch it! Jasmine and her family then join Miriam’s family and friends to celebrate Mimouna.This sweet story of friendship and shared customs will introduce North American readers to the Mimouna holiday. The book concludes with an author’s note and a recipe for making moufletot, the sweet, paper-thin pancakes featured in the story, so that readers can enjoy, too.


That's Not My Reindeer. Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells, $12.95 (ages 2-3)

A touchy-feely book with simple, repetitive text, bright, colourful illustrations and textures to touch and feel on every page. Suitable as a Christmas present, it can help very young children develop language and sensory skills.


That's Not My Santa. Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells, $12.95 (ages 2-3)

Here is a long-awaited festive addition to the best-selling and award-winning touchy-feely series. The enduring appeal of Rachel Wells' illustrations and the opportunity to touch a variety of textures make these books baby and pre-school classics. Very young children will enjoy the bright and colourful illustrations while the different texture patches help develop sensory awareness.

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Under the Ramadan Moon. Sylvia Whitman & Sue Williams, $9.99 (ages 4-6)

Beautiful illustrations help introduce the reader to Ramadan — a time of prayer, fasting, reflection with family and friends, and helping others in need.


Welcoming Elijah: a Passover Tale with a Tail. Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal, $19.99 (ages 5-8)

Inside, a boy and his family sit around the dinner table to embrace the many traditions of their Passover Seder around the dinner table. Outside, a cat wonders, hungry and alone. When it's time for the symbolic Passover custom of opening the family's front door for the prophet Elijah, both the boy and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.


Who Believes What? Exploring the World's Major Religions. Anna Willis & Nora Tomm, $19.95 (ages 7-10)

In today’s multicultural cities and interconnected world, understanding different belief systems can help kids appreciate the differences of people they see every day, or people who live on the other side of the globe. This book introduces readers to the five major world religions by population: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Each mini-section opens with a fully illustrated spread representing one religion. Designed in a search-and-find style, the illustrated spreads are busy, bright, and jam-packed with details that show people worshipping among symbolic places, rituals, and objects. A text spread follows, pulling out details from the illustrated page and providing further information about the history, festivals, places of worship, celebrations, religious leaders, and gods of each religion.

Front matter gives broader overall context about religion and each featured belief system, making this a comprehensive go-to resource for introducing religion and global cultures.

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Complete Booklist

Acoustic Christmas CD. Putumayo World Music. $14.99

The Animals of Chinese New Year. Jen Sookfong Lee, $9.95 (ages 2 and under)

Around the Passover Table. Tracy Newman, illustrated by Adriana Santos, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

Baby's First Chinese New Year. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

Baby's First Diwali. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

Baby's First Hanukkah. DK Children, $7.99 (ages 2 and under)

The Best Eid Ever. Asma Mobin-Uddin, illustrated by Laura Jacobsen, $21.99 (ages 7-9)

Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including Holidays in Early Childhood Programs, 2nd Edition. Julie Bisson, $35.50

Celebrating Chinese Festivals. Sanmu Tang, $19.95 (ages 3-5)

Celebrations Around the World: The Fabulous Celebrations You Won't Want to Miss. Katy Halford, $18.99 (ages 5-9)

Chinese New Year: a Celebration for Everyone. Jen Sookfong Lee, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

Chinese New Year Colors. Rich Lo, $24.99 (ages 3-7); Boardbook $10.99 (ages 1-3)

Chinese New Year’s Dragon. Rachel Sing, $9.99 9ages 7-10)

Christmas Around the World CD. Putumayo World Music. $14.99

Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah. Norman Bridwell, $4.99 (ages 3-5)

Construction Site on Christmas Night. Sherry Duskey Rinker, illustrated by AG Ford, $24.99 (ages 2-5)

D is for Dreidel: a Hanukkah Alphabet. Greg Paprocki, $14.99 (ages 3 and under)

Dashing Through the Snow: a Canadian Jingle Bells. Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman, $16.99 (ages 2 and up)

Diwali. Nancy Dickman, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Diwali. Hannah Eliot & Archana Sreenivasan, $11.99 (boardbook, ages 2-4)

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Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Richard Steckel & Michele Steckel, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

Filipino Celebrations: a Treasury of Feasts and Festivals. Liana Romulo, $19.95 (ages 5-10)

The Gift of Ramadan. Rabiah York Lumbard, illustrated by Laura Horton, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

Hanukkah Delight! Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy Husband, $7.99 (ages 1-4)

Holi Colors. Rina Singh, $9.95 (ages 3 and under)

Holidays Around the World Series: (ages 6-9)
Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents and Peace. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99
Celebrate Diwali with Sweets, Lights, and Fireworks. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99
Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99
Celebrate Kwanzaa with Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the Harvest. Carolyn Otto, National Geographic Kids, $10.99
Celebrate Passover with Bitter Herbs, Matzah, and Remembering. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $7.95
Celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers, and the Shofar. Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic Kids, $8.99

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? Jane Yolen & Mark Teague, $22.99 (ages 3-5)

Is It Passover Yet? Chris Barash, illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo, $22.99 (ages 3-7)

Is It Rosh Hashanah Yet? Chris Barash, illustrated by Alessandra Psacharopulo, $22.99 (ages 3-7)

Japanese Traditions: a Year of Seasonal Japanese Festivities. Setsu Broderick, Willamarie Moore, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

A Jewish Celebration CD. Putumayo World Music. $14.99

Jonny Lambert's Ten Little Reindeer. Jonny Lambert, $16.99 (ages 3 and under)

Kevin's Kwanzaa. Lisa Bullard, illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo, $10.99 (ages 5-8)

Lailah's Lunchbox: a Ramadan Story. Reem Faruqi, illustrated by Lea Lyon, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: a Chanukah Story. Naomi Howland, $11.99 (ages 4-7)

Lighting a Lamp: a Diwali Story. Jonny Zucker, $9.99 (ages 3-7)

Merry Christmas, Little Pookie. Sandra Boyton, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

Mog’s Christmas. Judith Kerr, $9.99 (ages 2-5)

My First Chinese New Year. Karen Katz, $7.99 (ages 2-5)

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Night of the Moon: a Muslim Holiday Story. Hena Khan, illustrated by Julie Paschkis, $11.99 (ages 5-8)

Nonna’s Hanukkah Surprise. Karen Fisman, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

Passover Family. Monique Polak, $9.95 (ages 3 and under)

PASSOVER: Festival of Freedom. Monique Polak, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: a Canadian 12 Days of Christmas. Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman, $16.99 (ages 2 and up)

Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting. Ausma Zehanat Khan, $24.95 (ages 9-12)

Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr. Nancy Dickmann, $8.95 (ages 4-6)

Ramadan Moon. Na'ima Robert & Shirin Adi, $11.95 (ages 4-7)

Rosh Hashanah Is Coming! Tracy Newman, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli, $7.99 (ages 1-4)

Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah. Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

Sammy Spider's First Yom Kippur. Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn, $10.99 (ages 3-8)

The Shortest Day. Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice. Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Jesse Reisch, $9.99 (ages 6-9)

The Story of Hanukkah. David Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber, $10.99 (ages 3 and under)

That's Not My Reindeer. Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells, $12.95 (ages 2-3)

That's Not My Santa. Fiona Watt & Rachel Wells, $12.95 (ages 2-3)

Under the Ramadan Moon. Sylvia Whitman & Sue Williams, $9.99 (ages 4-6)

Welcoming Elijah: a Passover Tale with a Tail. Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal, $19.99 (ages 5-8)

Who Believes What? Exploring the World's Major Religions. Anna Willis & Nora Tomm, $19.95 (ages 7-10)

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