The month of December is a wonderful time to talk about all the different holidays that your students celebrate. Reading aloud winter holiday picture books is a great way to start the conversation with your students! Here are a few that I rounded up for you to check out.
Winter Holiday Picture Books
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One Candle by Eve Bunting
For this family, Hanukkah has a deeper meaning. Grandma and Great-Aunt Rose share a story of perseverance during the Holocaust. A powerful book about the values of tradition and family.
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
When a leak ruins a wall in his father’s church, Jonathan thinks Christmas will be ruined. Luckily they find a tapestry that will fix the problem! But then, an old Jewish woman recognizes the cloth. Her discovery leads to a miracle during the holidays.
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
While this picture book is geared towards a younger audience, it has some great vocabulary for older kids. It outlines the seven days of Kwanzaa and how it is celebrates the importance of family, friends and community.
Chelsea’s Chinese New Year by Lisa Bullard
Follow along as Chelsea’s family prepares to celebrate Chinese New Year. Learn about what is important to her family and this special holiday.
Winter Holiday Picture Books Interactive Read Alouds
To help you out, I’ve created interactive read alouds for some of the books that I’ve shared in this post. Each interactive read aloud comes with a teacher guide, a one-page lesson with discussion questions, printable sticky notes, a written response sheet and an activity page.
Everything you need to teach your students about these wonderful holidays (and no extra prep for you)!