Inclusive Children’s Books for the Festive Period
By Lisa Heller
Now that we are in December, many schools and families will be decorating and preparing for exciting winter celebrations. This month the team has put together a list of inclusive titles to get readers in the festive mood and also entertain them during the holidays.
Check out the list below to find titles for all ages and the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information.
Binny’s Diwali by Thrity Umrigar, illustrated by Nidhi Chaniani
LY | Quiz # 239686 | BL 4.0 | Scholastic Press
Binny’s class is learning about different holiday traditions, and today it is time for Binny to share the story of her favourite holiday, Diwali, and even has some special treats to give her classmates.
Carnival of the Clocks by Nick Sharratt
LY | Quiz # 242923 | BL 2.6 | Barrington Stoke
Join the children of Class One as they celebrate the winter solstice on the shortest day of the year – marching through the town in the Carnival of the Clocks!
Girl Wonder’s Winter Adventures by Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Jamie Smith
LY | Quiz # 225693 | BL 3.6 | Victor Gollancz
Hallowe’en, snowmen, carol singing, presents — winter is full of fun for Maxine and her mischievous twin brothers Antony and Edward, but things don’t always turn out quite as expected….
Delightfully Different Dilly by Elizabeth Dale, illustrated by Liam Darcy
LY | Quiz # 241091 | BL 2.7 | QED Publishing
Dilly is different from the other baby penguins in that she has just one leg, but her parents know she is perfect. Most of the penguins love that Dilly is different, but some of them are not so sure.
The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Peter Bailey
MY | Quiz # 228055| BL 3.5 | Barrington Stoke
Grandpa Feliks can’t wait to eat the carp he has bought for Christmas. But little Lucja loves Mr Fishy. Grandpa Feliks saw off the Germans, and then the Russians – but can he hope to win against his own granddaughter?
Joy to the World by Saviour Pirotta, illustrated by Sheila Moxley
MY | Quiz # 207549 | BL 4.0 | Frances Lincoln
A collection of Christmas stories from around the world.
The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List by Tom Fletcher
MY | Quiz # 241692 | BL 6.2 | Puffin
This Christmas, the Christmasaurus is on a mission to track down children who have found themselves on the Naughty List to help them turn naughty to nice! Book #3
Refuge by Anne Booth, illustrated by Sam Usher
MY | Quiz # 231408 | BL 3.4 | Nosy Crow
A timely and timeless retelling of the Christmas story, inspired by refugee children everywhere.
Song Hunter by Sally Prue
MY+ | Quiz # 226697 | BL 5.6 | Oxford University Press
An Ice Age is dawning on Mica’s home and the future of her people looks uncertain. Her mind is bursting with new ideas to help them survive, but the others refuse to listen. After hearing strange calls in the night, Mica makes an incredible discovery.
The Silent Stars Go By by Sally Nicholls
MY+ | Quiz # 239391 | BL 5.0 | Walker Books
As a respected vicar’s daughter, Margot had to guard the secret that she was left pregnant when her fiancé, Harry, went missing in action on the Western Front. Years later when the lovers are reunited at Christmas, will she be able to tell him the truth?
Island by Nicky Singer
MY+ | Quiz # 231618 | BL 4.5 | Caboodle Books Ltd
When Cameron arrives on an uninhabited Arctic island with his scientist mum, he’s prepared for total boredom. But he begins to see and hear things which push him right to the edge of the possible. One of them is an Inuit girl. The other is a bear.
Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson
MY+ | Quiz # 234314 | BL 4.6 | Barrington Stoke
When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find life in the big city, he ended up becoming the first man to reach the North Pole. This is the story of his achievement and how it was ignored due to the colour of his skin.
This Winter by Alice Oseman
UY | Quiz # 242572| BL 4.9 | HarperCollins Children’s Books
Winter has been tough for Tori and her brothers Charlie and Oliver. They are trying to get through Christmas day with minimal drama. For Tori and Charlie, it means putting the past few months behind them. Contains references to eating disorders.
A Girl in Winter by Philip Larkin
UY | Quiz # 210119| BL 6.2 | Faber and Faber
This story of Katherine Lind and Robin Fennel, of winter and summer, of war and peace, of exile and holidays.
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by Jamer Patterson
UY | Quiz # 227309| BL 5.6 | Arrow
Alex’s family is celebrating Christmas when a father takes his family hostage, but just as this situation is being dealt with, a second situation explodes that puts millions at risk. The plot contains profanity, sexual situations and graphic violence.
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|30 November 2022 at 3:30 pm
|Accelerated Reader, Booklist, Books, celebrations, Christmas, DEI, diversity, Diwali, inclusivity, Quizzes, winter, Winter Festivals