Baby Book Club – December

I’ve just come out the other side of a month of family birthdays. I feel like I’ve been celebrating all month. It’s been wonderful and exhausting and now I have to think about Christmas!
This month I wanted to look at books that explore religious celebrations from around the world. Bring some joy into your world with these books.

A Christmas Story
by Brian Wildsmith

A Christmas Story

My boys adored this book when they were growing up.
It’s the Christmas story but told from the point of view of the a little girl and her donkey that carries Mary to Bethlehem.
They view on the story gives it fresh and innocent eyes. Beautifully told and illustrated.

Festival of Colors
by Kabir Sengal and Surishtha Sehgal

Festival of Colors

Mintoo and Chintoo are preparing for Holi, the festival of colours. Explore all the different colours with them and see what happens on the day of celebration.
Another beautifully illustrated book that is so vibrant you’ll want to keep exploring the pages.

Diwali (Celebrate the World)
by Hannah Eliot and Archana Sreenivasan

Diwali

This one is quite word heavy and explains a lot about the traditions and reasons around Diwali. However, the illustrations are so vibrant and fun that it will hold the attention of pre-schoolers without having to read all the text.
This is one in a series of books exploring celebrations. The others are Ramadan, Chinese Lunar New Year and Dia de Muertos. The words are always by Hannah Eliot but there’s a different illustrator for each book. This would be a lovely gift to buy as a set.

Under the Ramadan Moon
by Sylvia Whitman and Sue Williams

Under the Ramadan Moon

Beautiful pictures and lots of repetition will help little ones to explore the practice and traditions around Ramadan.
I love the blue light hue across the book as the community share and reflect with family and friends.

Is it Hanukkah yet?
by Chris Barash

Is it Hanukkah Yet?

The children are excited that Hanukkah is nearly here. Preparations are being made and the traditions followed.
This book sums up the build up to celebrations with simple text and plenty to see in the illustrations.

Let’s Celebrate!: Special Days Around the World
by Kate DePalma and Martina Peluso

Let's Celebrate!

The aim of Barefoot Books is to create beautiful books that celebrate diversity and spark curiosity and imagination. This book is no exception. As always, the illustrations are beautiful and the rhyming text makes it a joy to read.
Learn about 13 special celebrations from around the world, ranging from Kodomo no Hi in Japan to Dia de Muertos in Mexico.

One for the Parents

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

I don’t think there are many people who don’t know the story of A Christmas Carol and more specifically the character of Scrooge. He’s become a by-word for miserliness and the saying “Bah Humbug” aimed at people who don’t enjoy Christmas.
Despite watching Disney and other related versions and feeling like I knew the tale back to front, I didn’t actually read the book until last year.
Firstly, I was surprised by how short the story is, it only took me a couple of days to read. Secondly, I was struck by how beautiful the language is and how funny it was! If you have a little time to spare this Christmas and want a heart-warming story, this would be perfect.

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