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25 Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids


Christmas is a time of year that brings people together. The happiness, generosity, and spirit of good will at Christmas provide a great opportunity to share with kids how people of different traditions and cultures gather and celebrate. It is a natural time to focus on the things we share while also celebrating the wonderful ways we are different. It seems like the opposite would be true, but acknowledging differences can actually showcase our commonalities!

You can listen to the video read aloud "The Nutcracker in Harlem" right now! It is set in Harlem in the 1920s. In the middle of a family Christmas party, Marie receives a nutcracker from her Uncle Cab, which leads to a marvelous dream!



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25 Multicultural Christmas Books for Kids

Sharing time, space, food, traditions and memories nurture our connections. The stories listed here are some favorites that show the countless ways people down the street, across town or across the globe celebrate Christmas. Share them with your child to nurture the spirit of peace on earth. #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW

The Flying Canoe

A Christmas Story

Kimmel, Eric A.

On Christmas Eve, six French-Canadian trappers meet a mysterious stranger who gives them the gift of a trip to their homes in Montreal, if only they agree not to speak until they cross their own thresholds.

The Night of Las Posadas

DePaola, Tomie

At the annual celebration of Las Posadas in old Santa Fe, the husband and wife slated to play Mary and Joseph are delayed by car trouble, but a mysterious couple appear who seem perfect for the part.

Tree of Cranes

Say, Allen

A Japanese boy learns of Christmas when his mother decorates a pine tree with paper cranes.