A Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals – Claire Grace and Christopher Corr (ill.) – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books – Published 5 January 2021 




Countless different festivals are celebrated all over the world throughout the year. Some are national holidays, celebrated for religious and cultural reasons, or to mark an important date in history, while others are just for fun. Give thanks and tuck into a delicious meal with friends and family at Thanksgiving, get caught up in a messy tomato fight in Spain at La Tomatina, add a splash of color to your day at the Holi festival of colors and celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

My thoughts

A Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals is a brightly coloured book about festivals and celebrations that happen around the world. This book overs a brief insight into the celebrations it features. There is a nice spread of festival types and celebrations from around the world.

The book is sorted by seasons, which is nice for the grouping but doesn’t work so well for us in the Southern Hemisphere, as the sorting is done by the Northern Hemisphere seasons. The book does make reference to this though, saying things like if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, this festival will be celebrated in summer not winter. Celebrations included range from the more well known to the obscure, including religious festivals and days, Pride festivals, Earth and environmental festivals, and special days that celebrate historic figures.

There is not a great deal of information provided about each festival, day or celebration, so this book is more useful as an overview or introduction rather than a source that would be good for research. It would be perfect for students who are unsure about which celebration to research and allow them a brief overview of many celebrations.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category:  Non-fiction

Subjects: Festivals, celebrations, religious celebrations, Environmental festivals, Seasons

Format: Hardcover, ebook.

Published: 5 January 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

ISBN: 9780711245433

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