Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa Resources
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Books and resources for children and young adults available at the Lakehead University Education Library, Thunder Bay campus on the topics of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.
Baseball Bats for Christmas - by Michael Arvaaluk Kusugak, art by Vladyana Krykorka. The children of Repulse Bay make baseball bats out of the first six trees delivered there in 1955.

When a bush pilot brings Christmas trees to the Inuit community in Repulse Bay, the children, who have never seen trees use them to make baseball bats.

Millie in the Snow - by Alexander Steggensmeier. Millie the cow gets lost in the snow on the way home from helping the postman deliver mail on Christmas Eve, but she and the gifts she is bringing finally make it back to the farm.

Millie in the Snow (Millie’s Misadventures)

Seven spools of thread: a Kwanzaa story - by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Daniel Minter. When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.

Any family with seven sons must hear plenty of bickering, but the seven Ashanti brothers in this family quarrel from dawn to dusk and into the night.

It's a Miracle!: A Hanukkah Storybook - by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Every night of Hanukkah Grandma tells a story at bedtime. Includes the Hanukkah legend.

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Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story - by N. Scott Momaday. A mute Indian child has an extraordinary experience one Christmas when, following a figure who seems to be his beloved dead grandfather, he becomes part of a circle in which he, animals, nature, and all the world join in a moment of peace and good will.

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The Huron Carol - by Father Jean de Brebeuf, illustrated by Frances Tyrrell. A uniquely North American alternative to the Nativity story.

A version of the age old Christmas story written in the early in the native language of the Huron. Includes lyrics in Huron, French, and English.

A Pioneer Christmas - by Barbara Greenwood.

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Christmas la pouchinn - bu Deborah L. Delaronde, illustrated by Virginia McCoy.

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Christmas Eve magic - by Lucie Papineau, illustrations by Stephane Poulin, translation by Brigitte Shapiro, edited by Yvette Ghione. Inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Christmas Eve Magic, written by Lucie Papineau and illustrated by Stephane Poulin

Snowmen at Christmas - by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner. On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music and dancing, and presents.

Snowmen at Christmas: Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner. I generally dislike rhyming books, and this one is no exception, but the illustrations are excellent.

Do Rabbits Have Christmas? - poems by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. A collection of wintertime poems that addresses such questions as: Do rabbits have Christmas? Do rabbits get presents? Do they have secrets and smiles on their faces?

Do Rabbits Have Christmas? - poems by Aileen Fisher, illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies. A collection of wintertime poems that addresses such questions as: Do rabbits have Christmas? Do rabbits get presents?

Celebrate Kwanzaa - Carolyn Otto. Presents the African-American holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America.

Presents the African-American holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America.

Home for Christmas - Jan Brett. Rollo the troll is tired of chores, but after spending time on the tundra with various animal families, from owls to moose, he realizes that he wants to be home for Christmas even if that means behaving himself.

Picture books for Christmas -- stories that kids of all ages will love

Christmas Crafts from Around the World - by Judy Ann Sadler, illustrated by June Bradford.

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The Usborne Book of Christmas Art Ideas - by Fiona Watt, designed and illustrated by Antonia Miller. Packed full of creative ideas for making Christmas decorations and cards, as well as wrapping paper, gift tags and gift boxes.

This easy-to-use craft book is a great resource for inspirational ideas for parents and teachers Adults and children alike will love decorating their homes with these beautiful and sophisticated creations.

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