12 Diverse December Read Alouds for the Classroom

December holiday diverse books

As teachers, one of the most effective ways to foster a love for reading and engage young minds is through read-aloud sessions. Sharing captivating stories with your elementary students not only develops their literacy skills but also sparks their imagination and curiosity. To help you create a culturally inclusive reading experience, I have carefully selected 12 diverse read-aloud books that are sure to captivate your students. All the books below come with an affiliate link to Amazon.

Holiday read alouds
Reasons I love this book: This delightful tale follows Hershel as he outwits a group of mischievous goblins to save Hanukkah. It introduces students to Jewish traditions and values while celebrating courage and cleverness.

Christmas holiday book
How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky
Reasons I love this book: Ever wonder how Santa became the iconic figure we know today? This humorous book takes young readers on a journey through Santa's amusing job interviews, offering a fresh perspective on the beloved holiday character.

December read aloud book
Reasons I love this book: Join Olive, the adorable and mischievous dog, as she embarks on an adventure to help Santa save Christmas. This heartwarming story promotes teamwork, friendship, and the power of believing in oneself.

Christmas holiday book
The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt
Reasons I love this book: This colorful and imaginative book brings back our favorite crayons as they embark on a holiday adventure. With its vibrant illustrations and witty storytelling, it encourages creativity and individuality.

Mooseltoe holiday book
Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini
Reasons I love this book: Follow Moose as he hilariously prepares for Christmas in this delightful rhyming story. It teaches children the importance of family, planning, and the joy of giving.

December holiday book
Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger
Reasons I love this book: A twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood, this enchanting tale features a determined little red sleigh on a quest to help Santa. It highlights the values of perseverance and the power of dreams.

Hispanic holiday read aloud book
T'was Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Reasons I love this book: Celebrate the Hispanic traditions of Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) with this rhythmic bilingual book. It introduces cultural diversity and the magic of Christmas in a multicultural setting.

Holiday culturally diverse book
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Reasons I love this book: This is a holiday favorite in my classroom. This heartwarming story explores the Mexican American tradition of making tamales during the holiday season. It weaves in themes of family, honesty, and the joy of coming together.

Christmas around the world read aloud
Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola
Reasons I love this book: Discover the Italian legend of Old Befana, an old woman who delivers gifts to children on Epiphany Eve. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates kindness, forgiveness, and the spirit of giving.

December holiday read aloud
Reasons I love this book: For families celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah, this book offers a delightful blend of both traditions. It emphasizes the richness of cultural diversity and the importance of love and unity.

culturally diverse holiday book
Happy All-idays by Cindy Jin
Reasons I love this book: A great way to learn about a variety of holiday cultural celebrations all in one read aloud! This book does a great job capturing the importance of each holiday from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more!

culturally diverse Christmas read loud book
The Real Santa by Nancy Redd
Reasons I love this book: This story beautifully depicts a young Black boy determined to stay up all night to see what Santa looks like. The story celebrates identity, family and holiday traditions. It is a great way for students to connect with one another about similar feelings they may have about the holiday.

These 12 read-aloud books are an excellent addition to your classroom library, as they combine captivating storytelling with valuable lessons and diverse cultural experiences. Whether it's learning about different holiday traditions, exploring the power of friendship and perseverance, or celebrating cultural diversity, these books offer valuable experiences that will resonate with your students. Happy reading!


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