Religious and Cultural Celebrations

This selection of books shares stories and information about some of the religious and cultural celebrations observed by our local community, including Christmas, Diwali, Easter, Eid, Lunar New Year and Ramadan.

You can also search the Library Catalogue and Britannica Library for more books and information about a wide range of celebrations from around the world.

Updated May 10, 2023
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Celebrations around the world
Halford, Katy
Embark on an exciting journey through the most interesting and important festivals, celebrations, and holidays enjoyed by people around the world. Stunning original illustrations and fascinating facts will inspire and inform children about cultures and religions from a huge range of countries. ...
A year full of celebrations and festivals
Grace, Claire
Delve into a world of colour with Chris Corr's bright and engaging artwork and uncover a kaleidoscope of festivals celebrated all around the world.
Let's celebrate! : special days around the world
DePalma, Kate
Lyrical, sensory nonfiction text and vibrant illustrations invite readers to experience a child's-eye view of 13 holidays around the world, such as the Spring Festival in China, Inti Raymi in Peru, Eid al-Fitr in Egypt, Día de Muertos in Mexico and the New Yam Festival in Nigeria. Includes...
Brundle, Joanna
These colourful and vibrant titles take A Look At Life Around The World. Young readers can explore how other people work play learn and live in this diverse and fascinating series.|These colourful and vibrant titles take A Look At Life Around The World. Young readers can explore how other people...
Dickmann, Nancy.
Every year families gather to celebrate Christmas with both religious and secular activities. From attending church and helping charitable causes to trimming the tree and exchanging gifts, readers will learn about the importance of Christmas and the many ways people spread holiday cheer.
The Christmas star
Childs, Sam
Decorated throughout with silver and gold foil highlights, this illustrated story of the first Christmas is retold in rhyme for the very youngest of children.
A Christmas journey
Wildsmith, Brian.
The story opens with a familiar Biblical image - of Mary being visited by the angel Gabriel. In Brian Wildsmith's imagining of this scene, Mary is shown with her cherished cat and dog. When Mary and Joseph set out for Bethlehem, her pets are left behind. But the cat and dog miss their mistressand...
The birth of Jesus
Sully, Katherine.
Mary and Joseph got married and an angel told them they were blessed with a baby who would be the Son of God. They travelled to Bethlehem where they had to stay at an Inn, as there was no other space. Mary gave birth to baby Jesus and shepherds and wise men travelled to see him. They gave...
Hall, Margaret
Young Readers Learn About Christmas Through Simple Text, Photos, And Activities.
It's Diwali!
Sebra, Richard
Do you like holidays? Learn all about how and why people celebrate different holidays. What's the most important holiday in India? It's Diwali! This celebration is also known as the festival of lights. Learn what people do to celebrate this special holiday. Full-color photographs...
The Diwali gift
Chopra, Shweta
1 2 3Whatever Could It Be?Join the 3 Curious Monkeys Suno, Dekho and Jaano as they discover the most auspicious, wonderful Diwali Gift!When a mysterious package arrives just in time for Diwali, the three friends can hardly contain their excitement! Sparklers? Bangles? Diyas? Whatever could it be...
Dicker, Katie
Divali helps children to find out more about this important festival of lights—from the start of the Hindu New Year to different Divali traditions. Children are introduced to the story of the Ramayana and different Hindu gods. They also learn about divas and decorations, New Year...
Celebrate Diwali
Heiligman, Deborah
Introduces children to a varied selection of religious and cultural holidays through fascinating facts, prayers, songs, recipes, color photos, and more, and includes backmatter for parents and teachers.
Celebrate Diwali
Heiligman, Deborah.
Beautiful, dynamic photographs and brief, lively text introduce readers to the joyous holiday of Diwali, evoking the celebrations of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. In Deborah Heiligman's inviting global odyssey of the Hindu holiday we learn that Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over...
Pettiford, Rebecca.
In Diwali, early readers will learn about the Hindu holiday of Diwali and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Diwali while a...
The Easter story
Pingry, Patricia A.
This small book with about 200 words introduces young children to Jesus the man, from his teaching to his healing. And it gently reveals the meaning of Easter and the story of Christ's death and Resurrection. Bright, colorful illustrations make this a perfect book for toddlers. Ages 2-5.
Emma's Easter
Bullard, Lisa.
Emma's family is celebrating Easter! Emma and her little brother hunt for Easter eggs and candy. They go to church. Then relatives come over for a big meal. Find out the different ways people celebrate this special day!
Dickmann, Nancy.
Every year families gather to celebrate Easter with both religious and secular activities. From attending church to hunting for colorfully decorated eggs, readers will learn about the importance of Easter and the many ways people honor this day.
The Easter story
David, Juliet.
Richly illustrated by Candle Bible for Kidsartist Jo Parry, The Easter Storyhelps children discover one of the most important stories of all time. Through clear, approachable text, children come to understand the events leading up to Jesus' death and the astonishing miracle of His resurrection....
Baby's first Easter
Lloyd, Clare (Children's book author)
Perfect for story time with little ones, this first board book introduces babies and toddlers to Easter traditions and the story behind the Easter holiday. From palm leaves, the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem, the last supper, and a wooden cross, to church...
We love Id-ul-Adha
Green, Alice.
Ideal for children aged between four and seven, this book describes the story behind the festival and how people prepare for Id ul Adha. It shows how people around the world celebrate it and the special foods they eat.
Rashad's Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
Bullard, Lisa
For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for fasting, prayer, and thinking of others. Rashad tries to be good all month. When it's time for Eid al-Fitr, he feasts and plays! Find out how people celebrate this special time of year. Learn the history behind the days people celebrate in the...
Sweet dates to eat : a Ramadan and Eid story
Zucker, Jonny
Join the celebrations with this simple introduction to the Muslim season of Ramadan and Eid. Follow a family as they fast each day, go to the mosque on the Night of Power, and enjoy a delicious feast to celebrate the beginning of Eid. Part of a pre-school series that introduces young children...
Hassan and Aneesa celebrate Eid
Rahim, Yasmeen
Eid al-Fitr is here and Hassan and Aneesa are helping to decorate their house before the celebrations begin. On Eid they will wake early to wash before performing a special prayer outside. After the prayer, it is time to celebrate with friends and family. The Hassan and Aneesa series is...
Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr
Dickmann, Nancy.
Fasting, praying, and charitable acts mark the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, which ends with the festival of Id-ul-Fitr when the fast is broken. Readers of this book will learn the history and meaning of these holidays as well as the activities that take place during this reflective time of year.
Bringing in the New Year
Lin, Grace
In a brightly colored board book, perfect for the youngest child, Newbery Honoree Grace Lin tells the tale of a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each family member lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it's...
A New Year's reunion
Yu, Li-Qiong
"Celebrations and traditions might differ, but the story of missing distant family is universal." -- School Library Journal (starred review) This poignant, vibrantly illustrated tale, which won the prestigious Feng Zikai Chinese Children's Picture Book Award in...
Ruby's Chinese New Year
Lee, Vickie
In this picture book by Vickie Lee celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother. Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year. But who will help her get to grandmother's house to...
Lanterns and firecrackers : a Chinese New Year story
Zucker, Jonny
A simple introduction to the Chinese New Year festival. Follow a family as they let off firecrackers, watch the amazing dragon dances and light their beautiful lanterns to celebrate the start of their New Year. This pre-school series introduces young children to world religions and...
Celebrating the Chinese New Year
Tang, Sanmu.
Little Mei wants to know why her family celebrates the Chinese New Year. All her family members have their own reasons, but it is Grandpa who tells her the story of Nian and monster Xi.
Eliot, Hannah
Learn all about the traditions of Ramadan with this first book in the brand-new board book series Celebrate the World, which highlights celebrations across the globe. In the ninth month of the year, when the first crescent moon rises in the sky, it's time to celebrate Ramadan! In...
Hassan and Aneesa love Ramadan
Rahim, Yasmeen
Ramadan is about to begin. Find out all about the Muslim holy month with Hassan and Aneesa. It is the night before Ramadan and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. In Ramadan they will read the Qur'an, give charity, share food with neighbours and try to fast....
Under the Ramadan moon
Whitman, Sylvia
"We wait for the moon. We watch for the moon. We watch for the Ramadan moon. We give to the poor, and read Qur'an, under the moon. We live our faith, until next year under the moon, under the moon, under the Ramadan moon." Ramadan is one of the most special months of the...
Jackson, Lisa
Ramadan comes every year. Let's fast, help people in need, and end the lunar month by feasting with family and friends! Holidays Around the World: Ramadan gives young readers in prekindergarten to grade 1 an introduction to what the holiday means and how people celebrate this special time of...
The night of the moon
Khan, Hena.
Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl, celebrates the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, "The Night of the Moon" (Chaand Raat), and Eid. With lush illustrations that evoke Islamic art, this beautiful story offers a window into modern Muslim culture--and into the ancient roots from within its...

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