This month’s pre-school Scholastic book catalog was a little disappointing. I get that it was thematically built around the holidays in the month of December, but note that I wrote “holidays – plural. As in, more than just Christmas. If you were to thumb through this flyer, you would see that there were books on only that one holiday.
True – Chanukah is kicking off pretty early this year, overlapping with Thanksgiving, but it does run in to the month of December. And Kwanzaa is December 26 – January 1.
So why no books for kids whose holiday customs might not include a Christmas tree or Santa Claus? I counted 21 titles with the words “Christmas” or “Santa” in them. I gave the books with the word “holiday” in their titles the benefit of the doubt. For, while the cover illustration may depict a strictly Christmas-y scene, there could very well be mention of other holiday traditions. Case in point, Llama Llama Holiday Drama (which name drops “dreidels,” though the cover art capitalizes on a Santa hat and colors most often associated with Christmas).
I know there are books out there on holidays other than Christmas. We have a few. So why didn’t I see any in the flyer?
Guess we’ll be going with the holiday-neutral books about snow. But I suppose that would open a whole other can of worms if we lived in a warmer climate…
What gets YOUR feathers ruffled about the holidays?