Fall 2023

Holiday History

Series of 13 titles

How are holidays celebrated around the world? Where did holiday traditions like Christmas trees and Halloween costumes come from? Learn about the history of some of the most celebrated holidays in this fun series. Each book highlights a holiday or celebration, covering its history, associated cultures and religions, and different celebrations around the world. Each book also details the holiday's symbols and traditions such as decorating, fasting, feasts, clothing, and gift-giving.

Real-life photographs take readers around the world, while an At a Glance feature provides a map and quick facts on each holiday or celebration. Each title includes a table of contents, infographic, glossary, index, compelling What Do You Think? sidebars to encourage deeper inquiry, and reading tips for teachers and parents.

Title   GRL Format Qty
Cover: Christmas Christmas New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Day of the Dead Day of the Dead New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Diwali Diwali New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Halloween Halloween New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Hanukkah Hanukkah New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Kwanzaa Kwanzaa New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Thanksgiving Thanksgiving New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Easter Easter New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Independence Day Independence Day New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Juneteenth Juneteenth New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Lunar New Year Lunar New Year New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr New! Spring 2023 K
Cover: Valentine's Day Valentine's Day New! Spring 2023 K
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Category C3 Social Studies, New!
Subject History, Social Studies
Copyright 2023
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Pogo Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-08-01
BISACS JNF026020, JNF026000, JNF052020
Dewey 294.5-394.2667
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 470-580
Guided Reading Level K
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


SLJ Series Made Simple Review of Holiday History

What is the background of holidays? What traditions are associated with them? How are they celebrated around the world? This series addresses these questions in short paragraphs and large-scale images with helpful labels.

Text boxes ask “Did you know?” or “What do you think?” and then explain where the name of Halloween came from, or encourage readers to consider whether Kwanzaa should be a national holiday.

A final “Quick Facts” page includes the date and place of origin, and a review of common symbols, foods, and traditions associated with the holiday.

Sidebars focus on particular aspects, such as how to play dreidel during Hanukkah or common altar offerings for the Day of the Dead. Additional support includes tips for teachers and parents, and access to the Factsurfer website to learn more.

Verdict: Recommended for those looking to add variety to their collections or update existing titles.

Author, Author: Kristine Spanier

Author: J.P. Miller

Author: Natasha Yim