Books in this category include customs and traditions of people around the world. In some books the emphasis is on commonalties among people; in others, the focus is on the ways that people and groups of people can be different from one another.
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All Books in the Customs & Traditions Category
To Be A Drum Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator) A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free. [Grade Level: K - 3]
Trees of the Dancing Goats Written and Illustrated by Patricia Polacco Trisha loves Hanukkah, when her Babushka makes potato latkes and her Grampa carves animals out of wood as gifts for her. But when Trisha learns that her neighbors aren’t able to celebrate Christmas because they are all bedridden with scarlet fever, she finds it difficult to enjoy the Hanukkah festivities. Grampa suggests cutting down trees to bring to the neighbors, but there is nothing to decorate them with. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer and soon she and her family are delivering beautifully ornamented trees to their neighbors and celebrating the miracle of true friendship. [Grade Level: K - 6]
The Ugly Vegetables Written and Illustrated by Grace Lin A young girl thinks that her mother's garden is the ugliest on the block, but soon realizes that the Chinese vegetables that her mother is growing are the best of all because they taste great in her soup. [Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
Uncle Vova's Tree Written by Patricia Polacco The celebration of a Russian Orthodox Christmas is recalled as a family prepares for its annual celebration. [Grade Level: K - 3]
A Vacation in the Village Written by Pierre Yves Njeng Nweb is a city boy and is afraid to take a family vacation to the village of his grandparents. He makes a friend, enjoys himself, and learns a lot about his culture. [Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]