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Topic Guides: Children's Books about Holidays


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Christmas  |  Easter  |  Fourth of July  |  Halloween  |  Hanukkah  |  Kwanzaa  |  Thanksgiving  |  Other Holidays


The Twelve Days of Christmas / illustrated by Jan Brett --- PZ8.3 .T8516 1989
A young woman's true love sends her extravagant gifts on each of the twelve days of Christmas.

Olivia Helps With Christmas / Ian Falconer --- PZ7.F1865 Olq 2007
As she impatiently waits for Santa's arrival, Olivia the pig tries to help with family preparations on the day before Christmas.

Christmas for 10 / Cathryn Falwell --- PZ8.3.F2163 Ch 1998
Rhyming text presents a traditional Christmas celebration in which various objects and people are counted.

Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert / Marla Frazee --- PZ7.F866 San 2005
Santa Claus has his own ways of knowing more about children and toys than anyone else in the world.

Celebrate Christmas / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV BV45 .H425 2007
Discusses the meaning of and traditions surrounding the celebration of Christmas.

The Night Before Christmas / written by Clement C. Moore; illustrated by Robin Spowart --- PZ8.3 .M782 Ni 1986
A well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

Dewey's Christmas at the Library / by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter; illustrated by Steve James --- PZ7.M9964 De 2010
After finding a red ball of yarn, Dewey the cat, who lives in the Spencer, Iowa, public library, finds a way to help decorate the Christmas tree.

Christmas Magic / Sue Stainton; illustrated by Eva Melhuish --- PZ7.S782555 Chr 2007
Santa helps the reindeer find their missing magical bells.

Baboushka and the Three Kings / Ruth Robbins; illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov --- PZ8.1.R5 Bab
An old woman who was too busy to travel with the Wise Men to find the Child now searches endlessly for Him each Christmas season.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Dr. Seuss --- PZ8.3.S477 Hq 2007
The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway. Includes commentary and notes about the author and the story.

The Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg --- PZ7 .V266 Po 1985
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.


Celebrate Easter with Colored Eggs, Flowers, and Prayer / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV BV55 .H45 2007
The joyous celebration of Easter is seen through a global perspective in this National Geographic volume featuring over 25 vibrant photographs.

The Egg Tree / Katherine Milhous --- PZ7.M596 Ef 1992
Katy's Easter morning discovery renews the tradition of the Easter egg tree.

Chicken Sunday / Patricia Polacco --- PZ7 .P75186 Ch 1992
To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July Story / Alice Dalgliesh; illustrated by Marie Nonnast --- JUV E221 .D14 1995
Two-time Newbery Honor author Alice Dalgliesh makes history come alive in this accessible story of America's birthday

Celebrate Independence Day / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV E286 .A12835 2007
Strike up the band, pack a picnic, and enjoy the fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day takes a nationwide perspective on the joy of America's biggest party.


And Then Comes Halloween / Tom Brenner; illustrated by Holly Meade --- PZ7.B75187 An 2009
When nighttime creeps closer to suppertime and the sky is that certain deep blue, then it's time to get ready for Halloween!

The Story of Halloween / Carol Greene; illustrated by Linda Bronson --- JUV GT4965 .G74 2004
Explores the history of Halloween from the holiday's Celtic origins over 2000 years ago to present-day celebrations, and provides spooky riddles and ideas for pumpkin art.

Celebrate Halloween / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV GT4965 .H373 2007
Describes the origins of Halloween and how various countries celebrate it.

The Story of the Jack O'Lantern / Katherine Tegen; illustrated by Brandon Dorman --- PZ8.1.T2535 St 2010
On Halloween night, Jack—a stingy and mean man—makes a deal with the devil for a free dinner, only to regret his choice many years later when the devil comes to collect.


Celebrate Hanukkah / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV BM695.H3 H445 2006
The joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world, including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.

Hanukah Money / Sholem Aleichem; illustrated by Uri Shulevitz --- PZ7 .S5594 Han
Two young brothers wonder how much money they will receive from their relatives for Hanukkah.

Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah / Linda Glaser; illustrated by Nancy Cote --- PZ7.G48047 Mr 2004
When Rachel makes latkes with her friend Mrs. Greenberg, the project turns out to be a very messy one.

The Magic Dreidels: A Hanukkah Story / Eric A. Kimmel; illustrated by Katya Krenina --- PZ8 .K527 Mag 1996
When an old lady swindles him out of his magic dreidels, Jacob tries to get them back in time for the family’s Hanukkah celebration.


Celebrate Kwanzaa / Carolyn Otto --- JUV GT4403 .O88 2008
Presents the holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America.

Seven Days of Kwanzaa: A Holiday Step Book / Ella Grier; pictures by John Ward --- JUV GT4403 .G75 1997
Gives the principle and symbol for each day of Kwanzaa, with accompanying poems, songs, activities, and recipes.

Habari Gani? = What's the News? A Kwanzaa Story / Sundaira Morninghouse; paintings by Jody Kim --- PZ7.M82693 Hab 1992
A family celebrates each day of Kwanzaa.

The Sound of Kwanzaa / Dimitrea Tokunbo; illustrated by Lisa Cohen --- JUV GT4403 .T65 2009
A simple, direct narrative describes the lighting of the Kwanzaa candles, the principle each represents, and how families carry out that concept with a focus on words and sounds.


The Thanksgiving Story / Alice Dalgliesh; illustrated by Helen Sewell --- PZ7.D153 Tg 1988
A Pilgrim family's struggle to survive in their harsh new homeland culminates in a thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving Rules / Laurie Friedman; illustrated by Teresa Murfin --- PZ8.3.F9116 Thd 2009
Young Percy Isaac Gifford provides a list of ten rules for getting the most out of Thanksgiving Day, especially how best to enjoy the buffet.

Oh, What a Thanksgiving! / Steven Kroll; illustrated by S.D. Schindler --- PZ7.K9225 Oh 1988
David, a boy who thinks modern Thanksgivings are boring, imagines being at Plymouth Colony and celebrating the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims.

Other Holidays

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Bryan Collier --- JUV E185.97.K5 R36 2001
In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King's own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world's greatest civil rights leaders.

Celebrate Chinese New Year / by Carolyn Otto --- JUV GT4905 .O88 2009
For two joyous weeks red is all around. The color represents luck and happiness. Children receive money wrapped in red paper, and friends and loved ones exchange poems written on red paper. The Chinese New Year is also an opportunity to remember ancestors, and to wish peace and happiness to friends and family.

Ten Mice for Tet / Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill; illustrations by To Ngoc Trang --- PZ7 .S53755 Te 2003
A village of mice prepares for Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, as different numbers of mice give gifts, cook food, and celebrate in other traditional ways. Includes an afterword with facts about the holiday.

A Garden for a Ground Hog / Lorna Balian --- PZ7 .B1978 Gar 1988
Mr. O'Leary appreciates his groundhog's help in predicting the weather on Groundhog Day but tries to come up with a plan to keep him from eating all the vegetables in his garden.

Go to Sleep, Groundhog / Judy Cox; illustrated by Paul Meisel --- PZ7.C83835 Go 2004
When Groundhog is unable to sleep, he experiences autumn and winter holidays he never knew about, and then he finally falls asleep before Groundhog Day.

Celebrate Valentine's Day / Carolyn Otto --- JUV GT4925 .O77 2008
Discusses the history and traditions of Valentine's Day on February 14th as a celebration of friendship, affection, sweethearts, and love. Includes information on how the holiday is celebrated in various places around the world.

Amelia Bedelia's First Valentine / Herman Parish; illustrated by Lynne Avril --- PZ7.P219 Aqf 2009
Literal-minded even as a child, Amelia Bedelia muddles through Valentine's Day with her heart on her sleeve, trying to make sense of strange greetings at school and home, and ever on the look-out for the arrows of Cupid.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo / Carolyn Otto --- JUV D671 .S38 2003
After introducing Cinco de Mayo’s 1862 origins, Otto shows and tells how the celebration has become an annual, joyous festival of Mexican culture, both north and south of the border. The photos, primarily of U.S. celebrations, offer colorful views of fiestas, musicians, dance, food, and parades.

Flag Day / Sheri Dean --- JUV JK1761 .D43 2011
Every year, North Americans fly the American flag on June 14th. This show of patriotism isn't in anticipation of Independence Day; its a different holiday entirely. Flag Day is a celebration of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag. The book helps beginning readers learn about our flag, how we take care of it, and how we honor it as a national symbol.

Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr / Deborah Heiligman -- JUV BP186.4 .H45 2006
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.

Labor Day / Mari C. Schuh --- JUV HD7791 .S37 2003
Simple text and photographs describe the history of Labor Day and how this holiday, which honors people who work, is celebrated in the United States.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV BM693.H5 H45 2007
Describes how the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are celebrated around the world.

Veterans Day / Mari C. Schuh --- JUV D671 .S38 2003
An introduction to the history, purpose, and observance of Veterans Day, when we honor men and women who have served in the United States military.

Celebrate Diwali / Deborah Heiligman --- JUV BL1239.82.D58 H45 2006
Describes how the joyous holiday of Diwali, evoked the celebrations of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

Last Updated: September 2017

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