Honoring History, Celebrating Freedom: Juneteenth

It is commonly known and taught to children in the United States that slavery ended in 1863, as proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln at the end of the Civil War. But did you know that  not all southern states received the message? It took almost 2 years for the message of freedom to reach Galveston, Texas, where more than 200,000 people of African…
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Habari Gani: Exploring the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Through Kids Books

December 26 is the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrating African American history and culture. During Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits" in Swahili, African Americans honor their heritage and remember the struggles of Africans in the diaspora. Each night, families light a candle and discuss one of the Nguzo Saba (seven…
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In Hopes of a Sweet Return: Day of the Dead Reads for Kids

Flowers, sweets, fruit and drinks are placed on altars each year, October 31 to November 2, to welcome the return of loved ones to the land of the living. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico—and other places—by families in remembrance of the life and legacy of their ancestors. During this time, families bring ofrendas (offerings) such as skeleton-shaped…
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