Books in Spanish About Diverse Holiday Celebrations

by multilingualmania on December 11, 2009

in Culture

In addition to the goals of bilingualism and academic achievement, a third important goal in Dual Immersion and other bilingual education programs is multiculturalism and cross-cultural respect. The goal of cross-cultural awareness and appreciation is particularly important in Dual Immersion settings where students of mixed language backgrounds and cultural heritages are integrated in order to learn two languages. Students in Dual Immersion settings are not only learning a second language, but they are also learn how to navigate between multiple cultures in a world that is becoming increasingly diverse.

The holiday season is an excellent time to introduce children to diverse cultural practices and celebrations. The following resources can be used to teach children in Spanish/English bilingual programs about the diverse cultural celebrations that occur in the United States and throughout the world in the month of December:

La Navidad Alrededor del Mundo/Christmas Around the World: This book provides an overview in Spanish about how eight different countries celebrate the Christmas holiday.

Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y Sus Gatitos/Celebrate Kwanzaa with Boots and Her Kittens: This Spanish book is written by the well-known children authors Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. The book tells the story of an African American family who is searching for their lost cat during Kwanzaa. Throughout the story, children will learn about the seven values celebrated during Kwanzaa.

Celebra Hanukkah con un Cuento de Bubbe/Celebrate Hanukkah with Bubbe’s Tales: This book is another book written by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, which tells a story of children during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. The book also includes an informative section about Hanukkah.

N de Navidad: This photo-packed book takes readers on a journey through the preparations for the Christmas holiday in Africa. A young boy introduces children to the African customs and food associated with Christmas.

You can purchase these four books as well as additional books about Christmas in Spanish in the Multilingual Mania store.

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