• = some of our favorites
Around the Year
Floris Books, 1927 (Swedish), 1988, 2008
Mini edition from Amazon
Picture book: the months of the year are presented in poetry with a lovely illustration; some Christian references; it also provides the opportunity to talk about things your family does in those months
Purchase from Steiner Books
• Our Colourful Church Year
Don Bosco Publications, 2004
This delightful little book is the best I've found to introduce the liturgical year to children—and adults who need some refreshing. It includes all major festivals and six saints (Nicholas, Barbara, Lucy, Stephen, Valentine, and Martin). The church year is put into the context of the seasons and illustrated with bright, attractive pictures. Roman Catholic, it is approriate for Protestants as well, who may simply skip a section or two. All about celebration, it is a great find!
High Days and Holidays: Celebrating the Christian Year
Lion Publishing, 1993
Readable introductions to twenty festival days with photographs and line drawings. Good background.
• Feasts and Festivals
Patrick Hardy Books, 1983
London, United Kingdom
British feasts & festivals beautifully illustrated by month: Twelfth Night, Up-Helly-Aa, Candlemas, Valentines, Shrove Tuesday, St Patrick's, Oranges & Lemons, April Fool's, Palm Sunday, Easter, St. George's, May Dawn, May Day, Fairy Dance, Lady Godiva, Midsummer's Eve, St Swithin, St James, Swan-Upping, Clipping the Church, Plague Sunday, Harvest, Horn Dance, Bellringers' Feast, Goose Fair, Souling, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Martinmas, St. Nicholas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve.
Purchase from Amazon UK
A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays
Simon & Schuster, 1977, 1985, 1996
Chicago, New York
Holidays and activities for each month, described as observed in New England in the early 1900s. Christian festivals are present, but not identified as such.
• Over and Over
Harper & Row, 1957
Ages four to eight
New York, New York
A curious little girl keeps wondering, "What happens next?" The story goes through the cycle of seasons and holidays: Christmas, Valentines, Easter, vacation, Halloween, Thanksgiving and birthday. At the end she wishes for it to all happen again . . . and it does, over and over.
My daughter loved this book and we read it over and over and over.