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12 Diverse Christmas & Kwanzaa Books For Kids



One of the most fun Christmas activities we can think of is getting comfy by the fire with a great read. You can read anything you want, of course, but there are all sorts of holiday-themed Christmas books thatโ€™ll make your reading session extra cozy. Here are 12 books for kids to get you into the holiday spirit.

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1) Sparkles of Joy: A Children's Book that Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion

Explore Diwali Christmas Hanukkah, similarities, and differences. Find out how cultures around the world sparkle in different ways.



2) The Real Santa

Join one Black family on their journey to discover what the real Santa looks like in this joyous tale celebrating identity, family, and holiday cheer, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bedtime Bonnet.


3) What Do You Celebrate?: Holidays and Festivals Around the World

Holidays are FUNโ€”and this entertaining nonfiction picture book introduces kids to 14 celebrations from around the world!


4) My First Kwanzaa (My First Holiday)

During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!


5) My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa traces its origins to the American Civil Rights era. Critical thinking questions and fast facts prompt young readers to engage with this fun narrative and learn all about Kwanzaa.



6) The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas (The Gingerbread Man Is Loose)

Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won't let a little bad weather stop him!


7) Santa in the City

A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. This is a holiday gift readers will treasure for years to come!


8) Every Other Christmas

After his parentsโ€™ divorce, a young biracial child spends every other Christmas celebrating the differing traditions between the African American and Colombian sides of his family.


9) Christmas in Lagos (Nigerian Holidays and Celebrations)

A delightful and charming story celebrating Christmas in Lagos, a modern West African city. This picture book explores the sights and sounds of Lagos at Christmas through the eyes and words of a little Nigerian girl writing a Christmas journal.



10) The Holly-day After

In this story, you can join Santa, and his family, as they celebrate their traditions at the North Pole. Help Santa's nieces and nephews as they cook up an amazing pancake feast. Bundle up and head outside to help them plant their future Holly-day After trees. After all, the traditions we start today can live on forever!




11) Long Ago, On a Silent Night

In this story, you can join Santa, and his family, as they celebrate their traditions in the North Pole. Help Santa's nieces and nephews as they cook up an amazing pancake feast. Bundle up and head outside to help them plant their future Holly-day After trees. After all, the traditions we start today can live on forever!



12) Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion

When Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesnโ€™t go the way sheโ€™d hoped, will she remember to show it to herself?


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