[kids-lib] Round 2: Children's Christmas stories with protagonists of color or indigenous people

Korie Jones Buerkle korie.buerkle at newbergoregon.gov
Thu Dec 19 17:39:32 PST 2019

Hi all,
Here is the list with added suggestions, thank you all!

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


Feliz Navidad! Two Stories Celebrating Christmas
Feliciano, José
Merry navidad! Villancicos en español e inglés
Ada, Alma Flor
The Gift of the Poinsettia. El Regalo De La Flor De Nochebuena
Mora, Pat
Una muñeca para el día de reyes
Santiago, Esmeralda

Snowflake Kisses and Gingerbread Smiles
Parker, Toni Trent
Messy Bessey's Holidays
by McKissack, Pat

Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid, Xavier Garza

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


An Angel Just Like Me, Mary Hoffman

The Nutcracker in Harlem
McMorrow, T. E.
(#ownvoices illustrated by James Ransome)
Grace at Christmas
Hoffman, Mary
Between Us and Abuela, Mitali Perkins
(#ownvoices illustrated by Sara Palacios)

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
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