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Holidays Around the World in ASL with Miss Jenni

Holidays around the world Christmas

“Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!”, “Feliz Navidad!” (Merry Christmas in Spanish), “Hanukkah Sameach!” (Happy Hanukkah), “Ramadan Mubarak!” (Happy Ramadan), or “Subh Diwali” (Happy Diwali). Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali, and Kwanzaa are just a few of the holidays celebrated around the world. Come and learn these holidays in American Sign Language. Just in time for the holiday season.  

 

Click here for a handout to learn these holidays and other key vocabulary for the holidays. 

 

Check out just a few of the many titles within our catalog or online sources to help yourself practice:  

 

Ramadan titles: 

Baby’s First Ramadan by DK  

The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard 

R is for Ramadan by Greg Paprocki 

I Love Ramadan by Taymaa Salhah 

Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitre by Lisa Bullard  

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman 

 

Hanukkah:  

There was a Young Rabbi by Suzanne Wolfe 

The Hanukkah Fable of Little Dreidel and Silver Menorah by Sylvia Rouss 

D is for Dreidel by Greg Paprocki 

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe  

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah by Erica S. Perl 

Eight Winter Nights by Laura Krauss Melmed 

 

Kwanzaa: 

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

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis 

My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard 

The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo 

Kwanzaa by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack 

Kevin’s Kwanzaa by Lisa Bullard 

The Story Behind Kwanzaa by Melissa Rae Shofner  

 

Diwali:  

Binny’s Diwali by Thrity N. Umrigar 

Shubh Diwali! By Soundar Chitra 

Diwali: Festival of Lights by Rina Singh 

Diwali by Joseph Otterman (Hoopla)  

Diwali by Grace Jones 

Lilu’s Bright Diwali by Anita Nahta Amin 

 

Christmas:  

How the Crayons Saved Christmas by Monica Sweeney 

Elf by Rebecca Gyllenhaal 

Here Comes Santacorn by Danielle McLean 

Peppermint Post by Bruce Hale  

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin (e-audiobook) 

Santa’s Naughty Little Elves by Harp Dhami  

Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border by Mitali Perkins 

The Twelve Birdies of Christmas Jennifer Sattler 

There’s an Elf in Your Book by Tom Fletcher  

Christmas in Lagos by Sharon Abimbola Salu 

 

Jenni

Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.