Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. Combining the words June and nineteenth, it is celebrated annually in the form of parades, food festivals and parties. People of all ages can celebrate Juneteenth in their own special way.
Here are some books to help kids celebrate Juneteenth.
In What Is Juneteenth?, author Kirsti Jewel explores the history of Juneteenth and shares stories of the holiday's celebrations, both past and present.
In The Story of Juneteenth, author Dorena Williamson introduces young readers to Juneteenth's origins and traditions. With colorful illustrations and easy reading, this book will surely spark conversations between parent and child.
Some refer to Juneteenth as Freedom Day, others call it Emancipation Day. The book Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom teaches young readers the importance of this federal holiday.
It's a celebration! Juneteenth is a colorful and lyrical picture book about a young Black family celebrating the holiday in Texas that contains lyrics from "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the unofficial Black national anthem.
Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late. However, her grandfather teaches her the true meaning of freedom in Juneteenth for Mazie. The book's stunning illustrations show Mazie learning her family's struggles and triumphs as she prepares to celebrate the holiday.
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