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A World Languages Holiday Reading Celebration for Children



A brief selection  of holiday stories for children in various languages, including bilingual books to celebrate the end of the year holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.  Single page PDF version.



Beautiful Yetta's Hanukkah kitten

Pinkwater, Daniel Manus.

“Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher's shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn―a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses! In English with some Yiddish and Spanish text.”



Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos

Campoy, F. Isabel.

“An African-American family gets together to celebrate Kwanzaa, but the celebration is spoiled because their beloved pet cat is missing.” In Spanish.





"A mean old creature learns a lesson when he tries to find a way to keep Christmas from coming. " In French.






Feliz navidad, querido dragón = Merry Christmas, dear dragon

Hillert, Margaret.

"A boy and his pet dragon enjoy winter activities and prepare for a merry Christmas. Spanish/English edition includes reading activities and a word list. ” Bilingual Spanish/English.




Il Grinch

Seuss, Dr.

“The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway.” In Italian.





Krishtlindja e Marekut dhe Alisës = Marek & Alice's Christmas

Starek-Corile, Jolanta.

“It's Christmas Eve, and everyone is getting ready. But why does Prababcia bring some hay and Grandmother set an extra place at the table?” Bilingual Albanian/English.



Maʻaśiyah le-ner rishon = A tale for the first night of Hanukkah 

מעשיה לנר ראשון

Zelichov Relevy, Adi. זליכוב רלוי, עדי.

“A jelly doughnut is afraid of being filled, is chosen by a shy girl who wants one without jelly.” In Hebrew.


Mai huo chai de nü hai = the little match girl 賣火柴的女孩 = the little match girl


“A little girl sells matches while Christmas shoppers rush by. Nobody buys her matches or pays attention to her. She watches from outside the windows of happy families having dinners. She lights up her matches trying to keep herself warm ...” Bilingual Chinese/English.




Mārīk aur ailas kā Krismas = Marek and Alice's Christmasماريک اور ايلس کا کرسمس

Starek-Corile, Jolanta.

“It's Christmas Eve in Poland and Marek and Alice are celebrating Christmas with their grandparents. But why does babcia (grandmother) set an extra place at the table and prababcia (great grandmother) bring some hay?” Bilingual Urdu/English.



Santa Klaus i ego prikli︠u︡chenii︠a︡ Санта Клаус и его приключения

Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank). Баум, Лаймен Фрэнк.

“Life and adventures of Santa Claus. In Russian.






Thanksgiving = Día de acción de gracias

Dayton, Connor.

"Thanksgiving, discusses the origins of the holiday, and describes the ways in which Americans celebrate. "Bilingual Spanish/English.



Wigilia z Markiem i Alicją = Marek and Alice's Christmas

Starek-Corile, Jolanta.

“How Marek and Alice celebrate Christmas in Poland.” Bilingual Polish/English.

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This is wonderful!! Thank you

This is wonderful!! Thank you for sharing such great and diverse and recommendations!

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