Three Kings Day, or the Epiphany, is Friday, January 6th. It’s at the end of the holiday season, and is a Christian holiday that celebrates the three wise men arriving with gifts for Jesus. This holiday is celebrated worldwide by many different countries, each country celebrating with its own customs and traditions.
There are great books available for kids to explain the meaning behind the holiday, and we’ve rounded up the top five here:
In this story, Carlitos decides instead of asking for presents for himself, he asks for gifts for his older brother. It teaches kids about generosity and giving to others.
Ages: 5 and up
This tells the story about Three Kings Day and how it almost didn’t happen, until Raton Perez, the clever little mouse, and Senora Margarita, the ladybug, save the day. The non-religious book celebrates the Hispanic folk tradition.
Ages: 5 and up
The final day of the 12 days of Christmas, Three Kings Day, honors the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. Ten-year-old Veronica shares with the reader how her family and New York City’s Puerto Rican community celebrates.
Ages: 7 and up
Award-winning author Lori Marie Carlson brings the holiday to life in this engaging family story about three children who go from house to house in their neighborhood and reenact the journey of the Three Wise Men.
Ages: 4 and up
This book is based on the carol “We three kings of orient are…” that originated in 1857, and tells the story of the three kings.
Ages: 6 and up
Be sure to check out these books at your local library or bookstore, like the Story Nook.