Have you enjoyed finding some new Christmas books for your classroom and/or home? I have had so much fun putting together lists of my favorite books for you. If you missed it, you can find all of my book suggestions in one spot HERE!
Today I want to showcase Christmas books with African American lead characters. Last year I made it my mission to bring more diversity to our Christmas book collection. If I’m going to be honest, it wasn’t easy. There weren’t just a ton of books to choose from. I had to look for hours upon hours, and I still only found a few. Now, I did see several that aren’t in this blog post, but they weren’t currently available for purchase.
First up, our very favorite of my finds: The Nutcracker in Harlem. This is a BEAUTIFUL version of the original Nutcracker story. Joelle’s eyes lit up when she saw this one. It is just perfectly perfect.
Another book that we loved was Grace at Christmas. We have read Amazing Grace before, so this was a great sequel to that story.
Here are the other books that we have enjoyed this Christmas:
- I Got the Christmas Spirit
- The Nutcracker in Harlem
- Grace at Christmas
- The 12 Trains of Christmas (I bought this book from Scholastic)
- Christmas Makes Me Think
- The Night Before Christmas by Rachel Isadora (this book is difficult to find online, but your library may have it!)
- The Day Santa Got Sick
- The Night Before Christmas: An African American Retelling
If you know of any other great titles, please leave them in the comments below! I’d love to add even more to our library.