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Joy to the World!

Christmas Around the Globe

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ISBN: 9781646862979

Written by Kate DePalma
Illustrated by Sophie Fatus

Explore Christmas traditions from 13 different countries! Rhyming text and detailed illustrations make the book accessible to younger readers, while educational endnotes about the 13 celebrations add interest for older children. Gold ink and festive illustrations capture the joy of the season and make this book a beautiful gift in itself. Engaging and informative for anyone who wants to learn about the holiday.

Features Christmas traditions from:

  • Ethiopia
  • Colombia
  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Serbia
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Iceland
  • Egypt
  • Argentina
  • Philippines
  • Lebanon
  • Canada

Key Selling Points:

  • APPEALING NONFICTION: Lyrical rhyming text and inviting illustrations draw children into this beautiful nonfiction title. Accessible to those who celebrate Christmas and those who do not.
  • GLOBAL: Introduces children to Christmas traditions from 13 countries.
  • EDUCATIONAL ENDNOTES: Detailed endnotes provide additional information about how the celebrations from the story are observed in each global region.
  • GIFT BOOK: The subject matter and shiny gold ink throughout make this a special gift.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.00 x 9.75 inches
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-10 years
  • Leveling: L / 2
  • Grade Level: PreK - 5

Awards & Accolades

  • Holiday High Notes 2021, The Horn Book Magazine, 2021
  • Holiday Books for Young Readers, Publishers Weekly, 2021

“Rhyming couplets—two per page—highlight moments of sharing and togetherness . . . Naïf-style mixed media art by Fatus warmly portrays beaming, beatific individuals of various abilities, ages, and skin tones gathering in groups” – Publishers Weekly

“DePalma and Fatus joyfully highlight some rituals, customs, and foods that Christians around the world enjoy at Christmastime . . . The extensive back matter offers additional fascinating details perfect to share at holiday festivities. For example, did you know the holiday season lasts almost five months in the Philippines? One plane ticket, please!” – The Horn Book Magazine

“A sweet journey around the globe to 13 countries and cultures that features how families celebrate Christmas. The ultra-colorful illustrations fill each page, complete with borders that represent traditional fabrics, tile work, or flora from each country. Readers are pulled into the homes of families celebrating their unique holiday traditions” – The School Library Journal

About the Contributors

Written by - Kate DePalma
Kate DePalma was born and raised outside Nashville, TN, USA. As Senior Editor at Barefoot Books, she has helped develop dozens of picture books, including the many titles she has authored and co-authored. She holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and is also a published poet and scholar. Kate lives with her husband and daughter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. For more information, visit www.katedepalma.com.
Illustrated by - Sophie Fatus
Sophie Fatus is a full-time artist who is known for her exuberant illustrations. She was born in Paris into a family of artists and now lives in Florence with her partner and two cats.

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