The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect time of year to cuddle up by the fire with a book of poetry! We’d like to introduce some of our favorite collections of holiday-related poetry for your enjoyment today. So be sure to bundle up and read on!
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Days to Celebrate: A Full Year of Poetry, People, Holidays, History, Fascinating Facts, and More, by Lee Bennett Hopkins
If you’re looking for the poetry collection that does the most, you’ve found it in Hopkins’ wonderful volume. You’ll find an abundance of poems to celebrate holidays, world records, famous birthdays, and more as you go through the year. Plus, it’s packed with facts and information that will help you appreciate every week of the year!
Let’s Celebrate!: Festival Poems from Around the World, compiled by Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy
Debjani and D’Arcy’s collection does a wonderful job of combining gorgeous illustrations with poetry from around the world. Learn about Kwanzaa, Diwali, Eid, and more as you experience the world’s festivals through poetry.
World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of, by J. Patrick Lewis
For every traditional holiday, there’s a wacky day of celebration around the world! Find out about Limerick Day, Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and even Dragon Appreciation Day in this hilarious volume by J. Patrick Lewis!
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations: Holiday Poems for the Whole Year in English and Spanish, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong
One of the largest collections on this list, the Poetry Friday book has it all: lots of poems for any week of the year, written in two languages! Whether you’re looking to discover a new holiday or celebrate a traditional one, you’ll find it in this volume. Note that it’s aimed at a US classroom audience, but it can be used with families around the world, too.
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World, by Marilyn Singer
Did you know that the “new year” doesn’t always start on January 1st? In different cultures around the world, the new year can start in April, August, and any other month! You can join in the celebrations no matter the time of year.
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Other Holiday-Related Poetry Books
Holiday Stew: A Kid’s Portion of Holiday and Seasonal Poems, by Jenny Whitehead
The Three Bears Holiday Rhyme Book, by Jane Yolen
Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem, by Maya Angelou
This Next New Year, by Janet Wong (Korean-English bilingual poetry book)