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Welcome 2024 with Picture Books Celebrating New Year’s Traditions

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Soon, people around the world will be celebrating the start of a fresh, new year. Count down to 2024 with these fantastic picture books about New Year’s traditions across countries and cultures.

The cover of the picture book Shante Keys and the New Year's Peas, which includes a young Black girl in a gold crown and pink dress stirring a pot of black-eyed peas

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge

Shante’s grandmother is out of black-eyed peas — and the family always eats them on New Year’s Day for good luck! As Shante goes out to search for peas, she learns about her neighbors’ traditions and celebrations in this rhyming story.

The Lucky Grapes: A New Year’s Eve Story by Tracey Kyle, illustrated by Marina Astudillo

Rafa is impatient to count and eat the 12 perfect grapes his Tio brings for the family to share at the stroke of midnight. While kids wait along with Rafa, they’ll learn about New Year’s foods and traditions in Spain.

The cover of the picture book The Lucky Grapes: a New Year's Eve Story, which includes a young boy in a blue shirt and a party hat standing by his mother, while his uncle tosses him grapes
The cover of the picture book Freedom Soup, which includes a young Black girl in a white outfit and long braids dancing in a kitchen beside her grandmother in a gold dress

Freedom Soup, by Tami Charles, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

Every year, Belle’s grandmother makes garlicky freedom soup for New Year’s. As Belle learns the recipe, Ti Gran tells her the story of how enslaved Haitians fought for their freedom, and how Haitians around the world continue to celebrate them.

Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! By Alexandra Alessandri, illustrated by Addy Rivera Sonda

Ava feels shy when she goes to visit her family in Colombia during the holidays. She quietly learns to feel comfortable as she helps her cousins make special treats and decorations for the New Year.

The cover of the picture book Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela, which includes a small, brown-haired girl in a pink dress dancing in a circle with several members of her family beneath green hills and a sky filled with fireworks
The cover of the picture book Every Month Is a New Year, which includes two interlocking wheels with colorful illustrations depicting many different celebrations

Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World, by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Kids can learn about New Year’s traditions beyond January 1st with this book of poems beautifully illustrated with colorful collages.