Childrens Books: Christmas and New Year's With a Twist

Childrens Books: Christmas and New Year's With a Twist

Light The Candles, My First Kwanza, Bringing In the New Year, and The Give Away

Christmas books abound. The story of the nativity is everywhere. Heck, you could probably even buy one a book on the birth of Christ at the corner gas station. But, there are many other stories to be told this time of year than just Christ and Santa. Once again, Amazon saves the day. Here are four alternatives for you to share with your kids.

  1. Light The Candles: There’s more than one miracle talked about in December. Teach your kids about the miracle of Hanukkah with this delightful lift-the-flap book. It’s a perfect way to introduce children a world view and, while you are at it, sing the dreidel song.

2.    My First Kwanza: This book tells the story of Kwanza, which is during the last week of December. Much like Christmas, everyone dresses in special clothes, eats special foods and celebrates with family.

3.    Bringing In the New Year: Tell the centuries old story of the Chinese New Year. From “sweeping” the old year out of the house to waking the dragon, you can learn about this holiday right alongside your children.

4.    The Give Away: This charming book tells the story of the birth of Christ but from the Native American perspective. It put a great spin on the concept of God’s love, giving and self-sacrifice.


Adding a few more viewpoints to your holiday story-telling, whether another culture, another religion or just another country, and help your children create a more well-rounded, world-view of Christmas and New Year’s. Plus, it is always fun to learn what other people do.