By Julie Bisson
The early childhood classroom has become more diverse over the years. As such, early childhood practices and strategies need to be continually evaluated for social and cultural appropriateness. One such practice is the use of holiday celebrations in classrooms. There is much controversy about whether or not holiday celebrations should be included in the early childhood classroom. Celebrate! An Anti-Bias Guide to Including HOLIDAYS in Early Childhood Programs does not address whether or not to celebrate holidays, rather the focus is how to make holiday celebrations meaningful to the children and families in your program, including supporting the four goals of anti-bias education and utilizing developmentally appropriate practices. The author shares her knowledge and experience with using an anti-bias approach and how the values of her program have shaped how to approach holidays in early childhood. Additionally, this book provides a section on planning and implementing, including the process for developing a holiday policy and useful resources and examples. If you are looking for guidance on how to address holiday celebrations in an inclusive, thoughtful and meaningful way, this is a must read!
Reviewed by: Emily Reilly