Juneteenth Books for Kids

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Juneteenth – Freedom Day - is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Celebrated on June 19th, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and honors achievement and advancement. Learn more, reflect, and share with these thoughtful books.


African American historical figures

 The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

  This poem highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of     the world's greatest heroes. Find it >>


African American children holding hands and dancing in a grassy setting

 The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States by Alliah L. Agostini

 This introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their   freedom. Find it >>


African American girl dancing joyfully

 Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

 Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth and how her ancestors celebrated their   true freedom. Find it >>


African American people dancing in a cotton field

 All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson

 In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as   Juneteenth. Find it >>


hands reaching for the sky, breaking apart a pair of shackles

  Juneteenth by Kevin P. Winn

 Juneteenth explores the history around the celebration in a comprehensive, honest, and age-appropriate way. Find it >>


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