Moms Against Racism Canada Recommends: November 2020 Book List

Our theme this month is Holidays. Here are 21 books from children's picture books to non-fiction that you can add to your library today. Thank you to our partner, Bolen Books, for sponsoring this blog. Please buy your diversity, anti-racism, and racism unlearning books from Bolen Books either in-store (Victoria, BC) or online and they will ship to you!

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Can a calendar year be racist? Yes, yes it can.

November and December 2020: Holidays and Celebrations

Have you ever stopped to think about the recognized holidays that are celebrated in Canada? Can a calendar year be racist?

Yes, yes it can.

Here is a list of National* Canadian holidays in 2020 per

  • New Year’s Day,

  • Family Day,

  • Good Friday,

  • Easter Monday,

  • Victoria Day,

  • Canada Day,

  • Civic Holiday (August Long Weekend),

  • Labour Day,

  • Thanksgiving,

  • Remembrance Day,

  • Christmas Day, and

  • Boxing Day.

*observed by the majority of provinces and territories.

Do you know the origins of these holidays? Most are born from Christian/Catholic/Protestant beliefs and are deeply rooted in colonization. What does it say about how Canada sees itself that these are the only holidays that are nationally recognized as worthy of a day off in observance? What does it say to all the Canadians and the Indigenous community who don’t recognize these holidays but celebrate other important days?

There are so many beautiful holidays, significant days, festivals and celebrations that occur throughout the year. Many of the people who live in Canada observe special days that are not recognized as the “standard” holidays. Here is a list of 22 books you can buy (or borrow from the library) to increase your family’s understanding and acceptance of celebrations that may be different than your own family’s traditions. We encourage you to also learn more about the holidays you currently celebrate. You may find an increased sense of pride or perhaps a need to re-evaluate.

Do you know of any other books about the world’s celebrated holidays that we should include in a future list? Comment below or send us an email! We would love to share it with our readers.

Happy Holidays!

Let's Celebrate! Special Days Around the World by Kate DePalma

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

The Night Before Hanukkah by Natasha Wing

Let's Celebrate Diwali by Anjali Joshi

Metis Christmas Mittens by Leah Marie Dorion

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow