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Did you know that reading books to your kids and with your kids about other cultures can expose them to various cultures right there in their own very home? Travel is an amazing way to expose your children to different cultures all over the world. However it is not the only way. Christmas is such a great holiday that is widely celebrated all over the world, and it is celebrated in so many different ways. Before you head out on an adventure, check out this list of “Multicultural Christmas Books For Kids” to see how Christmas is celebrated all over the world by other families.
The Best Multicultural Christmas Books For Kids
I am a very big advocate for introducing books to kids and reading to them very early on. Even when they are just babies. When you read books aloud to children, it expands their understanding of the world as well as stimulates their imagination. Language development and listening skills are two major things that improve when children are read to. Even after your children have learned to read on their own, please ensure that you continue to read to your children and read aloud with them together.
We have a book shelf at home with a variety of books that the kids can pick up at any time and read. I love to keep books around for hands-on learning. But, I totally understand the clutter that can build up when the book shelf gets out of control. And when things do get cluttered, you might not want to buy books as often. Don’t let that be the case. When my shelf gets too full (or when books get outdated and outgrown), I usually donate the books to a thrift store, other children, or at a book drive.
The kids also love kindle books, so Amazon is our go to for book downloads. This is perfect because we can take our favorite books to go without packing up our entire library. So, go through the list below, and add a few books to your kids’ library collection as well as e-book collection.
Importance Of Books And Reading
Reading is invaluable to children, starting from a very young age. When one begins to talk about the importance of books and reading, there is really almost too much to say. So, I’ll try to keep it brief.
As I mentioned earlier, reading greatly impacts how your children view the world around them. Reading books from various points of view can give children insight to other cultures, emotions, feelings, and even just words that they otherwise might not have been exposed to for years. This can really set your child ahead emotionally and mentally, and better prepare them for the real world. As parents, that’s a goal we really try to achieve on a daily basis by “raising global citizens who will grow up to be open and accepting of other cultures.”
Reading is also one of the best ways to stimulate your child’s imagination and ignite their urge to learn more. Mental stimulation – the right kind-of mental stimulation anyway, not that trash TV and unregulated social media – from a young age can encourage learning and curiosity. All the while, improving and sharpening children’s reading, language, comprehension, listening, and retention skills.
I think the most important thing to remember here is that these are all skills that children will carry into adulthood with them.
The benefits of reading from a young age will show themselves in healthy adults through good mental health and the ability to have empathy and understanding. Not to mention the other benefits of reading books like improved memory and retention, better focus and communication skills, and better success in the workplace later in life. As well as a generally healthy and positive outlook on life. Plus, reading also reduces stress making reading a great habit as an adult.
42 Of The Best Multicultural Christmas Books For Kids
Now to the books! Christmas traditions look different for everyone, especially when it comes to other cultures. Believe it or not, your kiddos might have friends that don’t put up a Christmas tree, or that don’t celebrate Christmas eve, or that don’t celebrate Christmas at all. And this doesn’t just apply to Christmas, this applies to all the holidays scattered throughout the year.
The reality is: That’s just life, and it’s amazing to live in and be able to raise children in such a diverse world. And books can teach your children all about it and how to be respectful and understanding of these seemingly foreign traditions. Traditions that are really, not so foreign at all. In fact, they are being practiced all around us all the time. So, how cool would it be to know about other cultures and their respective holidays? Very cool, and your kiddos will think so too!
In this list, you’ll find tons of good books – both non-fiction and fictional books.
I feel like it’s important to add here…don’t be deterred from fiction books just because they are “made up”. Reading fiction, especially when it comes to children’s books, can still be very educational. And in fact, most children’s books are fiction, yet based on very real facts. More so than adult fiction books anyway. So, keep this in mind as you search for books for your children.
The importance of reading simply can not be ignored, so start reading with your kiddos today. It’s never too late to start! The good news is, children’s books are very easy to find. You can find them in pretty much any department store, everywhere online, in thrift stores, book stores, and more. You can even visit the local library with your kids, and I’m sure they would love it.
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Do your kids love reading too? Do they own any books for this list of The Best Multicultural Christmas Books For Kids?
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What are your favorite Christmas / Holiday books for kids?
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of children’s books and that it inspired you to take some time to do some reading with your children. No matter what age your child is, there is a book here that will broaden their understanding of the world, and at the very least, teach them something new.
If you have any books to add to the list, drop them below! I am always on the hunt for good children’s books for Aiden and I can’t wait to see what your favorites are! See below for tons more resources!
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