Holidays Around the World Books for Kids

Holidays Around the World Books as read alouds stories will share multicultural celebrations and diverse traditions with your students. This book list includes picture books, non-fiction books, and reading passages that show diversity, cultures, and winter holidays in the global world. 

The list below goes beyond "Christmas Around the World" to include: 
  • Las Posadas
  • Epiphany
  • Hannukah
  • Boxing Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • St. Lucia Day
  • Diwali
It features the following countries:
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Italy
  • France
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • China
  • Sweden

Holidays Around the World Books as read alouds share multicultural celebrations & diverse traditions. This book list includes picture books, non-fiction books, & reading passages that show diversity, cultures, & winter holidays in the global world. The list goes beyond Christmas Around the World w/ Las Posadas, Epiphany, Hannukah, Boxing Day, Chinese New Year, St. Lucia Day & Diwali. It features Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Italy, France, Brazil, Germany & China.

Holidays Around the World is an extremely popular unit in elementary schools and homeschool classrooms throughout the month of December. Although some teachers refer to it as Christmas Around the World, I encourage you not to do so as that is not an accurate term when referring to the various cultural celebrations on a global level.

If you are considering teaching this unit in your classroom I am here to help make your job so much easier. 

I wrote a blog post that shared my 5 Simple Steps for Teaching Holidays Around the World and showcased a comprehensive, jam-packed resource I created that includes all of the Holidays Around the World activities that I've used over the years. 

I recently added 70 additional pages of reading comprehension graphic organizers to the bundle. They are themed to the specific holidays and can be used with any book or media resource you choose. 

Many teachers worry that a Holidays Around the World unit may be costly because they don't have resources to teach it. This is not the case at all. In fact aside from the printable pages from my resource bundle, the only other materials I used were books from the library and free online videos


Use the time-saving book list below to decide which titles are a good match for your students. Clicking on any of the covers will take you to full descriptions and summaries as well as reader reviews via an Amazon affiliate link. While you may want to build up your personal collection of books by purchasing them you could also use the list to request copies from your local library or even search online for video of the books being read aloud at no cost. 


Click the covers to access and download each resource.

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Also, if you haven’t yet read it, I welcome you to grab my FREE ebook to help make your holiday season stress-free and enjoyable.

It includes tips to save you time and make the busy holiday season much more enjoyable in the classroom. You'll also find helpful printables, booklists, and links to resources to use throughout the month of December. Feel free to share it with your teaching colleagues as well.


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