Christmas Library Lesson -- Around the World


This Christmas Library Lesson covers countries and cultures from all over the world! Includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Boxing Day, and more! Editable in PPT and Google Slides.

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This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians are purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.

See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)

This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students December holiday traditions is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for GradesK-6


  • 70-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. 21 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to preface a December holiday-themed read-aloud. 43 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 16 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for K-6 books about Christmas and other December holidays. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


21 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • storytime song lyrics (“Jingle Bells”)
  • sign language slide and how-to link (“holiday”)
  • overview of: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati, Boxing Day, and Las Posadas traditions
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-6. I took great care to include clipart of males and females with various skin tones and cultures.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 43 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts and definitions about December holiday traditions including: shammash, menorah, 8 days of Hanukkah, eggnog, artificial vs. real Christmas trees, snowy climates, world’s tallest Christmas tree, Epiphany/Three Kings Day, La Befana, King’s Cake, mistletoe, and “ugly” holiday sweaters.
  • finish the Christmas carol lyric (5 slides)
  • 16 visual booktalks; most are picture books, but some are for older readers. Includes 3 fiction novels and 2 nonfiction titles for upper-elementary readers.
  • 6 “Did you Know” slides
  • 1 True/False slide with answer (2 slides)
  • “Would you rather?” (2 slides)
  • “This or That?” (1 slide)
  • 1 world record
  • 3 trivia questions with answers
  • 1 kid-friendly Christmas joke
  • vocabulary words: evergreen and Epiphany
  • this week’s birthdays


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