Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

November’s cozy theme for #littlelitbookseries was traditions.  These are some of the books that ushered in this month’s theme.  You can also search for “traditions” on our Archives page to take a look at the other books that were posted during the month.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @averyandaugustine ― 

This month’s #littlelitbookseries is all about traditions.

“In December, before a single flake has fallen, the cold snap comes. For a week it is twenty below freezing, and when you walk in the woods, the leaves shatter under your feet like glass.”

When the Moon Comes is about a yearly tradition—a group of friends wait for just the right time of the year in December when the beaver flood freezes into perfect ice. Wonderful ice. Magical ice. They wait until a full moon arrives and set out through the snowy terrain, headed to the frozen lake. It’s time for a game of hockey in the cold, blue moonlight, surrounded by silvery trees. Afterwards, they warm up by the fire with scalding tea and toasty sandwiches. It is their tradition. Matt James’ paintings evoke a soft, wintry nostalgia and could not be a more perfect fit for Paul Harbridge’s beautiful prose, story and memories. A wondrous book and the loveliest tribute to childhood and simpler times. One of our absolute favorites this year.

When the Moon Comes was written by Paul Harbridge, illustrated by Matt James and published by Tundra Books.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @andieandave — 

This month's #LittleLitBookSeries theme is traditions. The kiddos are already looking forward to the sweet potato pies we will be baking together in just a few short weeks. Sharing The Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry is a mouth-watering journey back into a 19th century American family’s home as they prepare for a Thanksgiving feast not much different than our own.  For ages 4-8.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @bonjour_mes_amies — 

For this month, #littlelitbookseries is sharing books on tradition. I was born in the Philippines and came to America at a young age. My parents and grandparents both instilled in me, good values and traditions that keep our culture alive. They expressed and taught their simple ways through telling stories and preparing many traditional Filipino food staples such as adobo and sinigang. I chose to share Filipino Friends written by Liana Romulo and illustrated by Corazon Dandan-Albano. This story is about a young Filipino-American boy named Sam, who visits the Philippines and learns of the similarities and differences between Western and Philippine culture. It's a very informative book and shares lots of detailed information about festivals and celebrations, songs and games, traditional dress, and even teaches the reader some Tagalog! Click here for a preview of the interior. Salmat po! Thank you!

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @bookbloom ―

This month's #littlelitbookseriesis focused on traditions, an appropriate theme as we head into the holiday months.

Growing up, traditions were such an important part of my family heritage. We gathered at the long table in my grandparent's basement for most major (and minor) holidays. We shared the warmth and camaraderie of family and created memories many of us still recall with fondness. Like you, a lot of my family traditions were/are built around food. Talking about food, sharing food, and reminiscing about past meals enjoyed together.

Traditions ground us. They give us customs and routines to anticipate and look forward to. Sometimes we carry those traditions on to future generations or sometimes we create entirely new traditions within our own family unit. We share traditions with strangers and friends who then become like family to us. Whatever your traditions are, I hope you'll cherish them a little more this holiday season. And if you need a trio of tradition-laden Thanksgiving books, these three titles currently top our read aloud list.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions
Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @carterhiggins ― 

The #littlelitbookseries is talking traditions this month, and I’m getting a little abstract. Bear with me. But: this book is in our collective childhood, yes? And isn’t that a tradition? Swipe for another MWB fave. And believe it or not, I’m using these two books to help me plot a new middle grade novel. It’s even a little bit about traditions. Yeah, using picture books to plot a novel is unusual, but writing is weird. Stories are amazing. 

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @littlebooksbigworld —

This month #LittleLitBookSeries is posting about #tradition.🎵 “Tradition, tradition! Tradition!” 👈🏼 (Any musical theatre fans want to join me in singing the opening song from Fiddler on the Roof?)

Delicious, delectable, and delightful are just a few words that have been used to describe this book. A FINE DESSERT portrays the experiences of four different families, in four different centuries, as they prepare Blackberry Fool. The first family uses a whisk made of soft, bundled sticks to whip cream fresh from a cow and the final family purchases a carton of organic cream and whips it with an electric blender. We see a family serving their masters on a plantation and end the book observing a richly diverse table of friends and family as they share a meal. This book (truly one of my most favorites) is a lovely glimpse into the progress and changes that have occurred over time. But the story is tied together by the central theme of tradition - a shared recipe that has been passed down and preserved throughout generations. Do you have meals or recipes that are a tradition in your home? (5+)

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @live_read_write ― 

Many of my childhood memories revolve around books and the library, and now my own family shares in the simple tradition of going to the library. It’s an adventure — from story time to the process of returning, searching for, and checking out books! This month the #littlelitbookseries is all about #tradition and my selection comes from a local (to me) NJ author. I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Silvestro at the #nerdcampnj conference, and her sweet tale of Bunny and his love for books celebrates the joy of the library and the treasures it holds.

“Bunny wasn’t sure if animals were allowed in the library. But Bunny was sure he couldn’t live without books. Night after night he could hardly sleep for wishing. He had to do something.”

In BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, we meet a young rabbit who adores books. He listens in on the librarian reading aloud to children on the steps of the library, enraptured by the stories and imaginative places. When cooler weather arrives, story time moves inside the library, and Bunny misses his stories. He figures out a way to get inside the library and takes a stack of books back to his burrow. He lets his forest friends in on his secret, but they soon discover that libraries have rules and that a library card is just the ticket they need to borrow their books. Annie Silvestro’s descriptive text pairs with whimsical fairy “tailed” illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss in this sweet homage to the library.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @livingbythepagewithnatalie — 

One of my favorite parts about November is that it offers us the opportunity to practice gratitude in a myriad of ways; the harvest, a warm fire, the afternoon sun after a dark foggy morning. 🍂 I’ve kept a gratitude journal before and I was amazed how my perspective shifted, to giving thanks for all things, big and small. We often give thanks around the table each evening but this year...we decided for the month of November to write down what we are grateful for each that on the days when our hearts are bit grumpier, our thoughts a bit more inward, we can be in the practice of giving thanks for the gifts we’ve received. The #littlelitbookseries theme this month is ‘tradition’ and I hope this becomes a fall one in our house! 🍁 The book that I paired this with today was ‘I’m Thankful Each Day’ by P.K. Hallinan. I love it as it’s both in English and Spanish and it shows a young boy being thankful for all things: the seasons, his body, his mind, kindness, peace. 📖✨

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @maandpamodern — 

Hey guys! I’m so excited to have another way to share some of my favorite children’s books with you! I’m taking part of the #littlelitbookseries hosted by @littlelitbookseries.  Each month a group of educators, writers, artists and librarians share children’s books around a theme. They’re all collected at #littlelitbookseries for you to look through and enjoy.  This month the theme is “traditions”.  I’m sharing the book Juanita by Leo Politi. Politi was an Italian American children’s book author and illustrator. His books were revolutionary for celebrating cultural diversity.  The book Juanita takes place in Los Angeles on Olvera Street, LA’s oldest street. Every spring on Olvera Street there is a parade of animals who come to be blessed.  Juanita, her little white dove, and many other friends and animals join the parade.

The illustrations and story in this Caldecott runner up are sweet and beautiful.  But one of my favorite things about reading this book is that if you ever visit Los Angeles with your children, you can actually walk down Olvera Street. You can see the little shops—puestos— and buy cascarones—confetti filled eggs. And when you do, the book comes to life!  Even more exciting, you can see beautiful murals, painted by Leo Politi himself, gracing the walls of one of the buildings on Olvera Street.  My kids and I visit Olvera Street each Christmas. We read “Juanita” before we go, and while we’re there we always stop to admire Politi’s beautiful murals.  It’s a wonderful tradition.  Be sure to visit the other #littlelitbookseries contributors to see lots more fabulous books! ❤️📚❤️

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @ourbookbag ― 

For the month's #littlelitbookseries we are focusing on traditions. I am not quite ready to switch over to holiday traditions, so I'm sharing this sweet book about summers spent on the lake.

In the Red Canoe by Leslie A. Davidson, illustrated by Laura Bifano, celebrates the love between a grandparent and grandchild as they enjoy a summer day on the lake together. The grandfather shares his wisdom and instills a love for the natural wonder of the lake and its inhabitants.  Through the gentle, rhythmic storytelling we see this natural beauty through a child's eye and the special magic of sharing this adventure with a grandparent. The stunning illustrations bring this voyage to life with such vivid detail, it is wonderful.

Published by Orca Books.

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @picturethisbook ―

The theme for this month’s #littlelitbookseries is Traditions and our pick is this cute and charmingly illustrated #picturebook supposedly narrated by a playful goat Geraldine, about how her friend Glenmae — a skilful Navajo weaver — turns her mohair into a beautiful rug with a distinctive geometrical design. The unique perspective provides a light-hearted yet engaging real-life account of the painstaking steps necessary for the creation of a single traditional Navajo rug, as well as a glimpse of the close relationship shared between goat and weaver. 🐏

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

While we’re still on the subject of traditions, here’s a wonderful picture book by the inimitable James Flora whose storytelling and vibrant, exuberant illustrations perfectly capture the splendour and excitement of a Mexican feast-day celebration, which traditionally involves a grand fireworks display often set up by a small artisanal family-owned workshop. In fact, the story was inspired by a real-life “firework family” whom the author and his family got to know when they lived in Mexico for a year and a half! P.S. Happy Guy Fawkes Day to all our friends in Britain 🇬🇧

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @sunlitpages ―

It’s that time of year when traditions are a BIG deal. Mike jokes that my family only has to do something once for it to become a full-fledged tradition. But in all seriousness, traditions bind us together—not just to our loved ones now but to previous generations as well.

And nothing does that better than food, which is just one of the reasons why I love this book. It shows how one dessert crosses four centuries, and while many things change (the people making it, the tools used, where it’s eaten, etc.), one thing stays the same: good food (whether it’s 1710 or 2010) always brings people together. 

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @teeandpenguin ―

This month’s #littlelitbookseries theme is ‘traditions.’ We’ve taken our pick a little bit off center with Tikki Tikki Tembo, and the traditions of naming children.

We’ve always been fascinated with the behind the scenes conversations and traditions that come with selecting names. For our daughter Isabelle we chose the name because we both liked it but for our son Milo we consulted my husband’s family tree and used a family name. The family name was actually Milo Orange but my husband wasn’t sold on that combination. 😉

Tikki Tikki Tembo is such a fun read aloud and the illustrations are beautiful and while we know that culturally it is more representative of Japanese vs. Chinese culture we love the opportunities it brings to discuss the idea of where names come from.

Do you have any traditions you follow when it comes to naming?

Little Lit Book Series: Traditions

From @writesinla ― 

For this month’s #littlelitbookseries tradition theme, I give you the most darling and heartwarming tale for wintertime. Lucy the mouse wants to share the cold outdoors with her friends, who always stay cozy inside. When Lucy discovers the joys of (m)ice skating, she convinces her friends it’s worth a try and a beautiful new tradition blooms.