Thirty-One Soul-Warming Stories For The Holiday Season!

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1. Kick off the Season by getting in the Christmas Spirit! Join a family’s afternoon about town as they hear, taste, feel, and spread the Christmas Spirit! I Got the Christmas Spirit (2018) Connie Schofield-Morrison/Frank Morrison
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2. Nina learns all about her family’s Cuban traditions during a visit to her grandmother’s house for Christmas! La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story (2010) Antonio Sacre/Angela Dominguez
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3. An inspiring Christmas poem from our beloved Maya Angelou! Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem (2005) Maya Angelou/Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
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4. A heart-warming story about the true spirit of Christmas. This bilingual book celebrates the strength of a family’s faith in one another! The Christmas Gift/El regalo de Navidad (2000) Francisco Jiménez/Claire B. Cotts
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5. When Nella is the first to find the Baby Betty doll under the Christmas tree she just knows the doll is all hers. But as the day goes on, Nella learns the Christmas spirit of sharing Baby Betty with her sisters. The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (2007) Patricia C. McKissack/Jerry Pinkney
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6. ¡Cantemos! Let’s Sing! Celebrate the season with fun Christmas carols in both Spanish and English! Merry Navidad!: Villancicos en español e inglés/Christmas Carols in Spanish and English (2007) Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy & Rosalma Zubizarreta/Vivi Escrivá
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7. A beautiful retelling of the original Nutcracker set in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance! The Nutcraker in Harlem (2017) T.E. McMorrow/James Ransome
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8. Eduardo and his family have moved to the United States from Mexico. Everything is strange and new to him, from the language, the food, and even the games the children play. Will Eduardo’s new town feel like home by Christmas? When Christmas Feels Like Home (2013) Gretchen Griffith/Carolina Farias
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9. Saraleen and Royce love Christmas, especially their mother’s Christmas Jam! But something is missing this Christmas, or rather someone… their father, Pap! As they prepare for the holiday, Pap is far away, working hard to provide for his family. Will Pap make it home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family? Mim’s Christmas Jam (2001) Andrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkney
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10. Eric is spending Christmas with his abuela who is teaching him about their family’s traditional Puerto Rican celebration. Eric also discovers his passion for creating art, when abuela takes him to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art! Grandma’s Gift (2010) Eric Velasquez
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11. One Christmas, three wishes, all you have to do is believe! Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee (2010) Jerdine Nolan/Barry Moser
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12. Irene Jennie wishes that her family could be together for Christmas and she tries her best to keep the spirit of the holiday alive by enjoying the Johnkankus parade. Set on a North Carolina plantation during slavery, this story is an example of the hope and promise that enslaved peoples held on to everyday. Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus (1996) Irene Smalls/Melody Rosales
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13. These poems will keep the spirit of the season alive the whole year ’round! Gingerbread Days (1995) Joyce Carole Thomas/Floyd Cooper
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14. “Think of yourself as a time traveler, a visitor who has just gone back to a Virginia plantation in 1859 at Christmastime. The Big House is awash with light and color…Now, take a walk to the slave Quarters. There is no grandeur here…Yet, there’s a celebration going on…Does this mean the slaves are happy and contented?…No. Listen carefully to their songs and stories. They are mostly of the hope that freedom is coming soon.” Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (1994) Patricia C. McKissack & Fredrick L. McKissack/John Thompson
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15. An A to Z celebration of Las Posadas and Three Kings Day! N is for Navidad (2007) Susan Middleton Elya & Merry Banks/Joe Cepeda
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16. Peter always makes for the perfect wintery Snowy Day! The Snowy Day (1962) Ezra Jack Keats
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17. Two families of different faiths come to realize how much more alike they are than different during the holiday season! Based on a true story about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, written by his daughter! Jackie’s Gift (2010) Sharon Robinson/E.B. Lewis
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18. A cheerful counting book for the Christmas Season! From the author of, Feast for 10. Christmas for 10 (1998) Cathryn Falwell
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19. Maria and Juan show us that no boarder fence is long enough or high enough to keep them from sharing the spirit of the holiday season with their abuela! Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border (2019) Mitali Perkins/Sara Palacios
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20. Grace learns the true spirit of Christmas when strangers in need of shelter appear upon her doorstep. Grace at Christmas (2011) Mary Hoffman/Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu
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21. The classic Christmas story in true Rachel Isadora style! The Night Before Christmas (2009) Rachel Isadora
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22. A soulful twist to The Night Before Christmas! ‘Twas the Night B’fore Christmas: An African-American Version (1996) Melodye Rosales
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23. What do you when it’s Christmas Eve and the roast is too big for the oven? Sonia Manzano, best known as, Sesame Street’s Maria, brings that, oh so good feeling of community and sharing, in this delightful Christmas Eve story! Miracle on 133rd Street (2015) Sonia Manzano/Marjorie Priceman
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24. Christmas Eve tamale making gone so wrong! Something unbelievable happens while Maria is helping to make tamales for Christmas dinner, can she and her cousins get her out of this pickle, or tamale? Too Many Tamales (1992) Gary Soto/Ed Martinez
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25. The Twelve Days of Christmas begins on Christmas Day and continues through to the eve of Three Kings Day on January 5. Celebrate these twelve days with this bilingual book! A Piñata in a Pine Tree (2009) Pat Mora/Magaly Morales
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26. Learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa in this story of seven Ashanti brothers working together. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (2000) Angela Shekf-Medearis/Daniel Minter
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27. Seven candles on the Kinara, one for each day of Kwanzaa. Read this story to learn how to celebrate Kwanzaa in your own home this season! Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (1993) Andrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkney
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28. Once Santa has placed his last present under the Christmas tree, it is time for his families celebration of Kwanzaa! Santa’s Kwanzaa (2004) Garen Thomas/Guy Francis
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29. Join a family as they celebrate Kwanzaa together! My First Kwanzaa Book (1992) Deborah M. Newton-Chocolate/Cal Massey
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30. Ring in the New Year with Bella and her Ti Gran as the prepare their families delicious Haitian soup, while learning about the history of the Haitian Revolution, culture, and traditions! Freedom Soup (2019) Tami Charles/Jacqueline Alcántara
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31. It is New Year’s Eve, do you have your Black-Eyed Peas on the stove? Black-eyed peas are believed to bring good luck in the New Year, so when Shante’s grandma forgets them, she is on a mission to find some! Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas (2007) Gail Piernas-Davenport/Marion Eldridge

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