24 Multicultural Children’s Books about Christmas

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Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas


I know Christmas is around the corner when my daughter pulls out her German Christmas Song CD and listens to it non-stop (usually way into the new year…). Time to search the internet up and down for the best multicultural children’s books about Christmas! Get your family into a festive mood with some of these treasures I found!

24 Multicultural Children’s Books about Christmas

Babies & Toddlers

10 Trim-the-Tree’ers
by Janet Schulman

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“1 shiny golden star at the very tip top. / 2 strings of flashing lights that just won’t stop.” Ten little neighbours count their way to Christmas while trimming the huge Christmas tree in their apartment building’s lobby. 10-Trim-the-Tree’ers will delight little ones with the fun counting rhymes and the bright, cheerful illustrations. ~ Diverse – Babies & Toddlers


Disney It’s A Small World: Christmas Around the World
by Calliope Glass

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Follow a multicultural bunch of children as they celebrate Christmas around the globe! Watch fireworks in Brazil, sing carols by candlelight on a warm South African night, and join a fun Las Posadas parade in Mexico! With simple text and adorable illustrations, Christmas Around the World will be a hit with children everywhere! ~ Diverse – Preschool

The Christmas Truck
by J B Blankenship

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

When things go awry on Christmas, Papa, Dad, their amazing kid, and one fabulous grandmother make a plan to save Christmas for a child they have never met. Featuring two dads (one of whom is dark-skinned), The Christmas Truck is a fun Christmas story about family bonds and the joy of giving. ~ Diverse – Preschool

La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story
by Antonio Sacre

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Nina usually spends Christmas in snowy New England with her mother, but this year she is visiting her Cuban father and grandmother in Miami. She is not sure what to make of a hot and humid Christmas, until she learns about Cuban Christmas traditions, and loves the cooking, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbours. Sprinkled with Spanish words, La Noche Buena is a wonderful introduction to Cuban Christmas traditions. ~ Hispanic – Preschool

The Night Before Christmas
by Rachel Isadora

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Out of all the multicultural children’s books about Christmas this is our favourite one! Set in Africa, The Night Before Christmas is a colourful re-imagining of the classic Christmas poem, capturing the excitement and anticipation of the holiday.The vibrant illustrations feature a Santa who sports dreadlocks and brings traditional African toys.  ~ African – Preschool

The 12 Days of Christmas
by Rachel Isadora

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Another gem by Rachel Isadora! Also set in Africa, The 12 Days of Christmas is a fun rendition (with a twist) of the beloved Christmas carol. With wonderfully detailed collage illustrations featuring tribal drummers and dancers, traditional clothing and native wildlife, this book will be a hit with children everywhere. ~ African – Preschool

‘Twas Nochebuena
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“’Twas Nochebuena and all through our casa, / every creature was kneading tamale masa…” Join a Latino family as they prepare for Nochebuena celebrations! They make tasty tamales, hang colourful adornos, and sing festive canciones while sipping champurrado. With humorous verse and appealing illustrations, ‘Twas Nochebuena is a fun Christmas book your kids will want to read over and over again. ~ Hispanic – Preschool

Tree of Cranes
by Allen Say

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

After playing in an ice-cold pond, a young Japanese boy is recovering from a bad cold. He watches his California-born mother dig up a pine tree and decorate it with paper cranes and candles in preparation for the boy’s very first Christmas. Tree of Cranes is a poignant Christmas story, complemented by glowing watercolour illustrations. ~ Asian – Preschool

King Island Christmas
by Jean Rogers

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Winter is closing in on Alaska’s King Island, and soon the Eskimo villagers will be cut off from the world for many months. That suits them fine – but first they must brave the rough sea to fetch the new priest in time for Christmas. King Island Christmas is a sweet story about the spirit of Christmas, brought to life by colourful stylized illustrations. ~ Diverse – Preschool

A Piñata in a Pine Tree
by Pat Mora

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

A little girl receives gifts from a secret amiga, whose identity is a sweet surprise at the end. The gifts all have a Latino flavour and a tinge of magic, from piñatas, to burritos bailando (dancing donkeys), and lunitas cantando (singing moons). A Piñata in a Pine Tree is a fun and brightly illustrated picture book that puts a Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  Includes pronunciation guide, glossary and music. ~ Hispanic – Preschool

An Angel Just Like Me
by Mary Hoffman

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“Why are they always pink? Aren’t there any black angels?” Tyler’s family needs a new Christmas tree angel, but he can’t find a single one that looks like him – until he tells his friend Carl about his problem. Written by the award-winning author of the “Grace” series, An Angel Just Like Me is a sensitive book with an important message, brought to life by radiant watercolour illustrations. ` African – Preschool

An Aboriginal Carol
by David Bouchard

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“Before the angel star grew dim / And wondering hunters heard their hymn / One mystic flute – one hundred drums / One message clear, “A King has come!” Written in English and Inuktituk, the language of Canada’s Inuit people, An Aboriginal Carol is a stunning re-imagining of Canada’s oldest and most well-known carol, The Huron Carol. With poetry by Metis poet David Bouchard, paintings by First Nations artist Moses Beaver, and an accompanying CD with the reading and song by Inuit performer Susan Aglukark, it is the ultimate Aboriginal collaboration. ~ Diverse – Preschool

Native American Night Before Christmas
by Gary Robinson

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

In this whimsical adaptation of the classic Christmas tale, Old Red Shirt rides in his wooden sleigh pulled by a team of flying white buffalo. With bright illustrations, 2010 Moonbeam Award-winning Native American Night Before Christmas presents a fresh look at a Native American Christmas Eve that will delight children everywhere. ~ Diverse – Preschool

Elementary School

The Legend of the Poinsettia
by Tomie dePaola

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

When Lucinda accidentally ruins the new blanket for the Baby Jesus she doesn’t want to go to the procession anymore. But then a mysterious old woman tells her that “any gift is beautiful because it is given”. So Lucinda brings an armful of weeds, and as she prays, they open into flaming red flowers. With beautiful artwork, The Legend of the Poinsettia tells the Mexican legend of how the poinsettia came to be the “Flor de la Nochebueno”.  ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

Grace at Christmas
by Mary Hoffman

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Grace’s favourite day of the year is Christmas, and she looks forward to celebrating it with her family. She’s not happy when she learns that a stranded family friend and her daughter will stay with them over Christmas. Part of the charming and vibrantly illustrated “Grace” series, Grace at Christmas teaches children about the importance of sharing with those less well off. ~ African – Elementary School

More from the “Grace” series: 

Encore, Grace! // Grace and Family // Amazing Grace // Princess Grace // Starring Grace // Bravo, Grace!

N Is for Navidad
by Susan Middleton Elya

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“A is for ángel, / hung high by papá. / B is for buñuelos, / fried by mamá.” N is for Navidad is a lively celebration of a Latino Christmas, complemented by vibrant illustrations. Each letter in this festive alphabet introduces children to a Spanish word, and each colourful page takes them through another joyous aspect of the 22 days of the traditional holiday. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Based on the author’s childhood, The Christmas Coat tells the story of little Virginia whose coat is too small and hardly protects her from the cold winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation receive clothes from congregations in the East. Virginia holds back tears when a classmate claims the beautiful fur coat she had wanted, too. But later she receives an unexpected gift in this poignant picture book about the true spirit of Christmas. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

Grandma’s Gift
by Eric Velasquez
Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Eric and his grandmother visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Eric is fascinated by a painting by Diego Velasquez and wonders whether he could be an artist one day. Later, Grandma gives him the perfect Christmas gift. Based on the author’s childhood memories, Grandma’s Gift is a heart-warming book about self-discovery and the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild, perfectly complemented by Velasquez’s rich paintings. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

More books about grandparents: 40+ Multicultural Children’s Books about Grandparents

Miracle on 133rd Street
by Sonia Manzano
Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Oh no! Mami’s delicious Christmas roast doesn’t fit in the oven! Trying to find a bigger oven, José and Papá walk from door to door through their apartment building, but no one seems to be in the Christmas spirit. When they finally find someone willing to help, holiday cheer manifests in an unexpected way. Miracle on 133rd Street is a fun and colourful story about how an urban family’s dilemma becomes a community celebration. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

When Christmas Feels Like Home
by Gretchen Griffith
Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

Eduardo’s family has just moved to the U.S. from a small village in Mexico. The other children don’t speak his language and they don’t play fútbol. His family promises Eduardo that he will feel at home by Christmas, when “your words float like clouds from your mouth” and “trees will ride on cars.” Beautifully illustrated and sprinkled with Spanish words, When Christmas feels like Home teaches children that home is wherever family is. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

 Under the Christmas Tree
by Nikki Grimes

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

“The angel smiles / Atop the tree / And proves me right. / She’s happiest there / Poised for flight, / Halo kissing the ceiling/ Feeling closer to home.” In twenty-three poems Coretta Scott King Award-winning poet Nikki Grimes celebrates the sights, sounds, and feelings of the Christmas season, from kids having fun in the icy cold, to a family gratefully enjoying Christmas dinner, and a blind man playing “Silent Night” on his saxophone. Complemented by Kadir Nelson’s expressive paintings, Under The Christmas Tree is real gem of a Christmas book!  ~ African – Elementary School

Yoon and the Christmas Mitten
by Helen Recorvits

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

When Yoon brings home a Christmas book from school, she is disappointed at parents’ reaction. “We are not a Christmas family. We are Korean. Santa Claus is not our custom”, they tell her. Determined to convince them that they can be a Christmas family after all, Yoon comes up with some ideas of her own. With stunningly beautiful and expressive paintings, Yoon and the Christmas Mitten is a touching story about family and identity. ~ Asian – Elementary School

The Christmas Gift / El regalo de Navidad (Spanish Edition)
by Francisco Jiménez

Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

With honesty and grace, award-winning author Francisco Jiménez shares his most poignant Christmas memory in this remarkable book. Set in a farm labour tent camp, The Christmas Gift is a simple bilingual story about family bonds and the true spirit of Christmas, complemented by powerful yet tender paintings. ~ Hispanic – Elementary School

Damon and the Magic Christmas Tree
by Tash Creates
Multicultural Children's Books about Christmas

This new release features a multiracial family from Seattle. 7-year-old Damon loves super heroes and wants nothing more than the Superman action figure for Christmas. He is not keen on spending Christmas in New York City, but when he hears about the magic tree that lights up the whole city, he gets excited. Damon and The Magic Christmas Tree is a sweet and beautifully illustrated story about the true meaning of love and family. ~ Diverse – Elementary School

More books featuring multiracial families: 50+ Picture Books about Mixed Race Families

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9 Responses

  1. Terance Shipman
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    Maybe next year Mr.Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles: December Celebrations can make the list. It’s the new classic.

    • Colours of Us

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have a look and – if it is a good fit – will include it next time I update this list.

  2. Sam
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    Thanks for this. Also recommend Jackie’s Gift and The Nutcracker in Harlem (https://beyondthesnowyday.blogspot.com/). Just ordered Grace at Christmas!

  3. Katie Logonauts
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    So fun! A great response of stories when if someone feels “left out” of discussions about diversity – Christmas can be a diverse holiday too. Thanks so much for sharing all of these with #diversekidlit!

  4. Jane @ Raincity Librarian
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    What a fantastic list!! Christmas is celebrated all around the world in so many different ways – my husband and I are going to be spending Christmas abroad this year, and we’re so excited to experience the holiday traditions of another culture.

    • Colours of Us

      Thank you! Enjoy your Christmas abroad!

  5. Gayle H Swift
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    This is an exceptinal and inclusive list. Thanks!

  6. PragmaticMom
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    Thanks so much for sharing this great list of diverse books for Christmas at the #DiverseKidLit linky! I’m sharing on Twitter and Pinterest!

  7. Erin
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    Just adding that Australian Christmas books have their own flavour too 🙂

    Always enjoy your posts

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