The holidays are coming and I thought I'd share some great books for "older" kids. I have older in quotations because I mean the 5-7 year old crowd, ones that still believe in all the magic but are old enough to learn some of the deeper meanings. These three books are all great to learn more about each of these holiday traditions.
It's Kwanzaa Time by Linda and Clay Goss is such a great resource for this holiday. I am not terribly familiar with Kwanzaa but after reading this book I am both familiar and full of awe for this African American celebration. I would not read this whole book to a child in one sitting but rather use it as a story book to refer back to during the holiday. Even if you do not celebrate Kwanzaa the stories included in this book are worth reading to anyone, any time of year.
A Confused Hanukkah by Jon Koons is a charming tale of one very silly village. If you are familiar with the old tales of the Village of Fools or Village of Idiots this book will be somewhat familiar, however in this take the village is very confused about how to celebrate Hanukkah. It's great because they get it confused then after the Rabbi returns he sets them straight and explains why they have the traditions they do. Very cute and informative book.
A Clever Beatrice Christmas by Margaret Willey is another great book that not only entertains but teaches about various Christmas traditions. This book is set in Quebec and I love the traditions including midnight mass, decorating the tree and of course Santa Claus. There are some that may be new to you and reading this book will give you a chance to ask your children what your family traditions are if you celebrate Christmas.