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The Icelandic Book Tradition We Are Celebrating This Holiday Season

With this holiday season approaching, people in Iceland prepare for their unique tradition: Jolabokaflod.

For those who are not familiar with Jolabokaflod, which translates to “Christmas Book Flood”, it’s the Icelandic tradition of gifting books to one another on Christmas Eve. After everyone has opened their new gifts, they sit together with a hot cup of cocoa in hand and read. In the 1940’s, paper was one of the few materials that were not being rationed; therefore, books were an easy and accessible gift to give to one another. Over the years, this tradition continued and has also helped increase literacy in Iceland!


With the holiday season approaching, here are some fun book suggestions for you and your kids if you would like to take inspiration from this lovely tradition.






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Check out our staff’s favorite children’s books HERE.