[kids-lib] Children's Christmas stories with protagonists of color or indigenous people

Korie Jones Buerkle korie.buerkle at newbergoregon.gov
Mon Dec 9 11:21:52 PST 2019

Hello Great Brain of KidsLib,

For the last few years I've been intentionally looking for (and reading and sharing in booklists) Christmas picture books featuring protagonists of color/indigenous protagonists. I'm particularly interested in "Own Voices" books (main character is part of a marginalized group, written by a person of that marginalized group), but I did include other books in my list, although I've divided them up.

So I'm sharing my list with you, hoping you will share titles I've missed with me, or if you have concerns about titles on the list, please let me know that too.

As far as children's chapter books go, anyone have ideas? I love LOVE The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser, especially the audio performed by Robin Miles. But that's all I've got, so I could really use help on that one if you have ideas.

Christmas-protagonist of color/indigenous protagonists
Own Voices

All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, Patricia McKissack
Celebration Song, James Berry
Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood, Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Christmas Gift: El regalo de Navidad, Francisco Jiménez
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, Patricia McKissack
Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story, N. Scott Momaday
Coyote Christmas: A Lakota Story, SD Nelson (animal story)
Grandma's Gift, Eric Velásquez
I Got the Christmas Spirit, Connie Schofield-Morrison
Jackie's Gift, Sharon Robinson
La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story, Antonio Sacre
Mim's Christmas Jam, Andrea Davis Pinkney
Miracle on 133rd Street, Sonia Manzano
Piñata in the Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas, Pat Mora
Rudolfo Anaya's The Farolitos of Christmas, Rudolfo Anaya
Too Many Tamales, Gary Soto
Tree of Cranes, Allen Say
'Twas the Night B'Fore Christmas: An African-American Version, Melodye Benson Rosales
What's Cooking, Jamela? Niki Daly
Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem

Christmas-protagonists of color
Not Own Voices

A Child is Born, Margaret Wise Brown
Christmas for 10, Cathryn Falwell
Going Home, Eve Bunting
Grace at Christmas, Mary Hoffman
Long Ago on a Silent Night, Julie Berry
N if for Navidad, Susan Middleton Elya
Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore (illus. Rachel Isadora)
Night of Las Posadas, Tomie dePaola
Silent Night, Lara Hawthorne
'Twas Nochebuena, Roseanne Thong
Twelve Days of Christmas, Rachel Isadora
When Christmas Feels Like Home, Gretchen Griffith

Thank you all! I'll share the added-to list with the group as well.


Korie Jones Buerkle
Assistant Library Director | Children's Librarian
Newberg Public Library
Office: 503 554 7734 | Children's Desk: 503 537 0304
She, her, hers

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