Christmas Around the World

A list of children's books exploring Christmas traditions all over the world

Updated December 15, 2023
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Tree of cranes
Say, Allen.
As a young Japanese boy recovers from a bad chill, his mother busily folds origami paper into delicate silver cranes in preparation for the boy's very first Christmas.
The legend of Old Befana : an Italian Christmas story
DePaola, Tomie
In this beloved classic picture book, Tomie dePaola retells and illustrates an Italian Christmas folk tale, breathing warmth and humanity into the character of the lonely Old Befana and her endless search for the Christ Child. Every morning and every afternoon, Old Befana sweeps...
Red and green and blue and white : inspired by a true story
Wind, Lee
Inspired by a true story, this is a tale of a community that banded together to spread light. It's a holiday season that both Isaac, whose family is Jewish, and Teresa, whose family is Christian, have looked forward to for months! They've been counting the days, playing in...
The Christmas coat : memories of my Sioux childhood
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk
Virginia's coat is too small and hardly protects her from the frigid South Dakata winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation look forward to receiving boxes full of clothing sent by congregations in the East. Virginia spots a beautiful gray fur coat but holds back...
Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama
Alko, Selina
A perfect gift for the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate! I am a mix of two traditions. From Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama. How lucky am I? Holiday time at Sadie's house means golden gelt sparkling under the Christmas...

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