In this picture book of one family's Kwanzaa celebration, as told by a little girl, the colorful drawings, phonetic spellings of Swahili words and easy-to-read text make the seven principles of the holiday (aka The Nguzo Saba) easily understandable—and even more meaningful.
It's Christmas Eve and the Bear Family decides to chill out with a walk in the forest. But when they come home they discover someone's rumpled their beds, broken Baby's chair and eaten all of the gingerbread. Then they discover a red coat and presents under the tree. Guess who?
Set to the beat of "The Night Before Christmas," this lighthearted poem follows a mischievous mouse who stays up late to spy on Santa. Except, oops, he gets trapped in the big guy's bag and ends up on whirlwind ride around the world (sadly, he does not rack up any frequent flier miles). Vibrant photo illustrations make this tale even more fun.
In this colorful board book, Joe and Blue visit three families during the holiday season. Purple Kangaroo's family is celebrating Kwanzaa; Green Puppy's family is doing Christmas; and Orange Kitten's family is all about Hanukkah. A great introduction to the holidays in kiddie-size format.
Big on photos and light on text, this book is a good recap for preschoolers who already know about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. The class featured in the book sets up a menorah, sends out invites to grandparents, makes donuts (a traditional treat), wraps gifts, says the blessing and breaks out into a horah. Good times!
This menorah-shaped board book is sneaky—it teaches math, too! As your child reads through simple descriptions of Hanukkah, another lit candle appears. Written for older preschool readers, My First Menorah is so cool to look at, your child may want to stand it up right next to the real menorah.
An illustrated, comical behind-the-scenes look at Santa's job throughout the year: playing with toys (the investment banker thing didn't work out). Little readers anticipating Christmas will love details such as Santa's determination to to give the right toy to the right kid "99.9% of the time." Tough job, but somebody's got to do it.
The co-author of the I Spy series has done it again in this holiday read that's interactive in a good, old-fashioned way. Spectacular winter photographs—of gingerbread, toys and freshly fallen snow—and lists of hidden items challenge young readers to seek and spot objects in the holiday scenes. Cheerful, challenging and a ho-ho-whole lot of fun.
That conventional wisdom only grandpa seems to have filters through these sensible yet highly-entertaining tales—infotainment at its best. Whimsical artwork accompanies these life lessons for the young and old. Read one or two every night of Hanukkah, or stretch them out and see if you can miraculously make them last and last.
Afam, an Igbo boy in Nigeria, wants to make a monster mask and participate in his village's Christmas Mmo masquerade. Can he pull it off? Young readers will enjoy reading along and taking in the colorful illustrations as Afam gathers materials, creates his scary mask and finally dances in the masquerade.