Multicultural Childrens Book – Grace at Christmas


I thought it might be interesting to discuss multicultural books/crafts that the kids read/make each week – as a celebration of others and their culture.  Grace at Christmas was an idea inspired by The Blue Desk.   Since I’m a craft-o-phob, please see the post for some great craft ideas!




GraceChristmasTitle:  Grace at Christmas

Author:  Mary Hoffman

Illustrators:  Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers, NY

Date of Publication: 2011

Ages 3+


Review:  I am really glad The Blue Desk introduced this book to my family.  I loved this book for many reasons.  First, it features a functional African-American family in a positive light – even without the father playing the major role.  This story tells the tale where the Mother and/or Grandmother playing the dual role of mother and father – an unfortunate but true reality that happens all too frequently within the African-American community.  When I was growing up, my Mother (always working mom) was the breadwinner and sole support during my tween+ years – when my Father moved away and got his own family.  While the rate of divorce in our country has gone down, the rate of marriage has also gone down (CDC Stats) .  The divorce epidemic is still very real to many children in this country.  Grace at Christmas also gets to the inner feelings of a child affected by divorce or separation.   Your child will see Grace speaking on the phone with her father, and express feelings of missing him, wanting to be with him, and feeling sad that her mom and dad will not spend another Christmas together.

Third, the adaption to change – and a family pulling together.  Grace – liking consistency, doesn’t want other family members to join in their Christmas celebrations.  It’s about leaning how to change – to include everyone – that made Christmas so extra special, not only for Grace , but for the entire family.

Beautifully written and artfully illustrated, Grace at Christmas is filled with hope and inspiration for the entire family.  Filled with the holiday spirit, Grace at Christmas will be enjoyed during the holiday season.

You can borrow Grace at Christmas from your local Library or you can purchase it on Amazon here.


What holiday/multicultural books has your family read this year?




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  1. I’m so glad you loved the book “Grace at Christmas”. I also loved your adaption of the book and how personal this book can be to many families. A new book to my family collection is “Messy Bessy’s Holidays” by Patricia C. McKissack This is a multicultural book also and it introduces holidays like Christmas, Kwanza, and Chanukah.

  2. This sounds like a great Christmas book and I’m a big fan of the author Mary Hoffman.
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