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Happy Holidays!

Series of 24 titles

Let’s celebrate! This series for beginning readers introduces basic facts about popular holidays from around the world, including when they happen and why. Simple, predictable text and bright, colorful photos take readers through the traditions of each celebration, including decorations, activities, and foods. Features highlight favorite activities and important aspects of each holiday. Students just starting to read independently will be ready to celebrate with

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Christmas Christmas 1.2
Cover: Day of the Dead Day of the Dead
Cover: Diwali Diwali
Cover: Earth Day Earth Day 1.0
Cover: Easter Easter 1.1
Cover: Halloween Halloween 1.2
Cover: Hanukkah Hanukkah 1.4
Cover: Indigenous Peoples' Day Indigenous Peoples' Day 1.2
Cover: Kwanzaa Kwanzaa
Cover: Lunar New Year Lunar New Year 1.4
Cover: Ramadan Ramadan
Cover: Thanksgiving Thanksgiving 1.2
Cover: Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr 1.2
Cover: Independence Day Independence Day 1.2
Cover: Juneteenth Juneteenth 1.2
Cover: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 1.2
Cover: Saint Patrick's Day Saint Patrick's Day 1.4
Cover: Veterans Day Veterans Day 1.3
Cover: Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo New! Fall 2023
Cover: Groundhog Day Groundhog Day New! Fall 2023
Cover: Holi Holi New! Fall 2023
Cover: Memorial Day Memorial Day New! Fall 2023
Cover: Presidents' Day Presidents' Day New! Fall 2023
Cover: Valentine's Day Valentine's Day New! Fall 2023
Category Beginning Readers, Nonfiction
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2023
Publisher Bellwether Media
Imprint Blastoff! Beginners
Language English
Publication Date 2022-08-01
Dewey 294.5-394.2667
Graphics Full-color photographs
Lexile 240-380
Guided Reading Level G-H
ATOS Reading Level 1.0-1.4
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5


Educational Resources Lab Review of Happy Holidays

The Happy Holidays series is an excellent resource for young elementary students interested in learning about different cultures and their traditions. Each of the 24 titles in the series takes young readers on a journey into the heart of various festivities and explains the customs and traditions in a way that is easy to understand. Even unfamiliar holidays become accessible through the vibrant illustrations in the books that complement the text and make for an enjoyable reading experience for beginning readers.

Educators will find these titles valuable to their curriculum as they give students insights into the significance of global celebrations. The engaging text and clear photographs encourage curiosity and further exploration of cultural traditions beyond the classroom. We have found that the books promote dialogue and understanding among students of diverse cultural backgrounds.

The titles offer glimpses into widely celebrated cultural events, making it an ideal resource for educators and parents. The Happy Holidays series is a must-have for elementary classrooms and libraries, offering a rich cultural exploration and celebration tapestry. Through its engaging storytelling and educational value, this series leaves a lasting impression on readers of all ages.

PSLA Review of Happy Holidays!

Bellwether Media is back with six new titles in their existing Happy Holidays! non-fiction series for early readers. Each volume introduces readers to a major holiday from around the world via basic facts communicated in large text, accompanied by high quality photographs. This reviewer had the opportunity to examine the volume on Groundhog Day. Simple text introduced facts about the holiday, including how and why the holiday is celebrated, as well as locations where the holiday is observed. Punxsutawney Phil was prominently featured in the volume (of course!). Backmatter includes a re-statement of holiday facts, a visual/text glossary, and links to additional resources.
THOUGHTS: An excellent choice for libraries serving beginning readers looking to update or expand their cultural and/or religious holiday collections. Recommended.