Christmas is one of my favorite times to teach. I especially love sharing holiday picture books with my students. The challenge, though, is that by 4th or 5th grade, many of them have already read all of the classic Christmas favorites. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas as much as the next girl, and I definitely believe in rereading books. But, if you’re looking for some Christmas read alouds for your upper elementary class that they might not have seen before, you’re in the right place. Here are some Christmas picture books that just might be new to you and your students…
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by M. E. Furman – This book follows Santa around the world as he eats Christmas treats from different cultures. Santa visits the Philippines, France, Malawi, Russia, and more. The book even includes nine cookie recipes to try!
by Selina Alko – This is the story of Sadie, who celebrates a beautiful mix of Christmas and Hanukkah traditions with her family each year. When her relatives gather, everyone shares the story of their holiday traditions.