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Celebrating the Month of December

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that readers of all ages can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

Today, we celebrate the month of December as a special time that brings people together and fills our hearts with warmth and happiness. There’s winter weather, houses lined with lights, and maybe the occasional ugly sweater contest among family and friends. We also eagerly await the holidays that come up: Hannukah (Dec 7-15), Christmas (Dec 25), and Kwanzaa (Dec 26 – Jan 1). There are many ways to view December, and whether you are celebrating or simply rejoicing in the beauty of winter, let’s enjoy this month with these wonderful books.

Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate?: How Animals Keep Warm, by Etta Kaner; illus. John Martz (Owlkids Books) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Animals, Science / Nature, Concepts, ages 4-6.

Dreaming of Hanukkah: Counting Down to the Festival of Lights, by Amy Shoenthal (Arcadia Children’s Books) — Nonfiction, Board Book, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Concepts, Math, ages 4-6.

Happy All-idays!, by Cindy Jin; illus. Rob Sayegh (Simon & Schuster / Little Simon) — Fiction, Board Book, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Cultural Diversity, ages 0-3.

I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas, by Tiffany Schmidt; illus. (ABRAMS / Amulet Books) — Fiction, Prose, Romance, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Humor, Teen.

Love in Winter Wonderland, by Abiola Bello (Soho Teen) — Fiction, Prose, Romance, Contemporary, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Teen.

Mi oso grande, mi oso pequeño y yo, by Margarita del Mazo; illus. Mónica Carretero (NubeOcho) — Fiction, Picture Book, Family / Community, Imagination / Play, Spanish, ages 4-6.

The Night Before Kwanzaa, by Natasha Wing and Kirsti Jewel; illus. Amy Wummer (Penguin Random House / Grosset & Dunlap) — Fiction, Picture Book, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Series, ages 4-6.

The Sisters Vol. 2: Doing It Our Way!, by Christophe Cazenove (Madcave / Papercutz) — Fiction, Graphic Novel, Family / Community, Humor, Series, ages 7-12.

Snuggles: Busy Reindeer, by B.E.S. (Sourcebooks Wonderland) — Fiction, Board Book, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Animals, Series, ages 0-3.

Squirrel’s Sweater, by Laura Renauld; illus. Jennie Poh (Beaming Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Friendships, Series, ages 4-6.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland, by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith; illus. Tim Hopgood (Macmillan / Henry Holt and Co BYR) — Fiction, Picture Book, Music / Art, Holidays / Seasons / Celebrations, Concepts, ages 4-6.

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman; illus. Rick Allen (Clarion Books) — Nonfiction, Poetry / Stories in Verse, Science / Nature, Animals, ages 7-12.

Celebrate the Month of December by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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