Diverse Children’s Books Link-up: Favorite Holiday Books

Our theme for this month’s Favorite Holiday Books. (Please feel free to share any holiday resources, not just winter holidays.) The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.

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Upcoming Theme

Our theme for the current linkup is Favorite Holiday Books. Themes are a suggestion only; all diverse book posts are welcome. If you’re interested, you can start planning now for our upcoming themes …

  • January 7th and 21st linkups: Human Rights. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated in the US in January, think about your favorite books to share with children about the importance and the history of human rights and/or civil rights.
  • February 4th and 18th linkups: Love. Let’s spread the love of diverse books by sharing diverse books about love, families, and relationships.

Most Clicked Post from Last Time

Our most-clicked post from last time from The Barefoot Mommy: 15 Diverse and Inclusive Books about Christmas. Rebekah includes an overview of each book as well as a downloadable felt ornament craft. The stories showcase a wide range of cultures and countries celebrating Christmas, some focusing on the holiday and others happening around that time. A great place to start for thinking about this linkup’s holiday theme!

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Picture Books about Easter

It was so easy to find Christmas books for my son. Finding Easter books has been much more challenging. Easter is my favorite holiday, and I wanted to find really beautiful and well-written books to share the story of Christ’s death and resurrection with my son. It’s been a bit of a process to find Easter books that I’m excited about, but here are a few that have fit perfectly with what I was looking for.

The Light of the World – by Katherine Paterson

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This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Jesus’ life–from birth to death and resurrection. It’s written by Newbery award winning author Katherine Paterson, and the words have the beauty and simplicity of poetry.

Petook: An Easter Story – by Caryll Houselander

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This simple story of a father rooster reveling in the new birth of his chicks contains echos and reflections of Christ’s resurrection on the first Easter morning. It features lovely illustrations by Tomie de Paola, and is a wonderful way to help kids connect the symbols of Easter (eggs, chicks, etc.) with the story of the resurrection.

The Colt and the King – by Marni McGee

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A sweet and tender account of Palm Sunday, told from the perspective of the donkey. The text is simple and poetic. I particularly loved these lines: “Jesus saw me tremble./He came and stood beside me,/his hand upon my back./In his voice was a river of quiet;/in his touch, a shelter of peace./And my fear flew away/like a bird set free.”

God Gave us Easter – by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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In this book, Papa Bear explains to his cub why Easter is even better than Christmas: “Because on Christmas, we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. But on Easter, we remember we get to be with him forever.” He explains the meaning of various symbols associated with Easter, all the while keeping the focus on the Gospel and the true meaning of Easter.

Peter’s First Easter – by Walter Wangerin Jr.

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This is the longest of the picture books we read for Easter this year — it’s almost more of a short chapter book. The story is told from Peter’s perspective, beginning with the Last Supper, continuing on through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and ending with Jesus’ appearance to his disciples when they were out fishing. It’s a beautiful and detailed telling of Christ’s passion and resurrection.

Picture Books for St. Patrick’s Day

My son has been far more interested in holidays this year than he was in the past. This can at times be problematic — like when he declares his own holiday and is then thoroughly disappointed when I inform him that it doesn’t mean he gets the day off from school. But I’ve been trying to catch the wave of his enthusiasm in other ways, like introducing him to good books surrounding each holiday. Here are some that we enjoyed about St. Patrick’s Day.

Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland – by Tomie de Paola

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A beautiful introduction to St. Patrick as a person — his history and his legacy. It includes a number of legends about St. Patrick at the end.

St. Patrick’s Day – by Gail Gibbons

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This book provides a brief introduction to the life of St. Patrick, as well as some of symbolism and traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.

That’s What Leprechauns Do – by Eve Bunting

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A charming tale of leprechauns playing mischief on the inhabitants of an Irish village.

Jamie O’Rourke and the Pig Potato – by Tomie de Paola

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A fun tale about a lazy farmer, an enormous potato, and a village coming together. I particularly liked the dialogue in this book — it lent itself well to being read aloud in an Irish accent.

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk – by Gerald McDermott

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A clever story about a poor man who seeks help from the leprechauns, only to be cheated by his neighbors. The ending includes tricks and mischief all around.

Too Many Leprechauns – by Stephen Krensky

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A fun tale of a wily young man, a bunch of grumpy leprechauns, and some stolen gold.

The Leprechaun’s Gold – by Pamela Duncan Edwards

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Old Pat and Young Tom are on their way to a harping contest when they hear a cry for help coming from the woods. Old Pat’s humility and kindness toward a leprechaun in need serve him well in the end.

The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh – by Janet Nolan

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This story follows several generations of an Irish-American family as they keep their history alive through storytelling.