Juneteenth - Freedom Day: June 19th

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Juneteenth Is By Natasha Tripplett, Daniel J. O'Brien (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781797216805
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 9th, 2024

An intimate look at Juneteenth, this story is a warm exploration of a family and a community. 

Juneteenth is the smell of brisket filling the air. Juneteenth is the sounds of music, dancing, and cheering ringing from the parade outside. It is love. It is prayer.


They Built Me for Freedom: The Story of Juneteenth and Houston's Emancipation Park By Tonya Duncan Ellis, Jenin Mohammed (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063286054
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 14th, 2024

A moving picture book about the history of Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas—and the origins of Juneteenth.

When people visit me, they are freeto run, play, gather, and rejoice.

They built me to remember.


Let's Celebrate Juneteenth Board Book By Mudpuppy,, Tonya Abari, Tabitha Brown (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mudpuppy,, Tonya Abari, Tabitha Brown (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780735377530
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Published: Mudpuppy - April 11th, 2023

A celebration of Juneteenth for babies and toddlers!

Let's Celebrate Juneteenth Board Book from Mudpuppy is a wonderful introduction to Juneteenth, a federal holiday in the United States on June 19th commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Colorful illustrations show various ways people celebrate the anniversary of freedom for all!


Juneteenth: A Picture Book for Kids Celebrating Black Joy By Van G. Garrett, Reginald C. Adams (Illustrator), Samson Bimbo Adenugba (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Van G. Garrett, Reginald C. Adams (Illustrator), Samson Bimbo Adenugba (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358574323
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Published: Versify - May 2nd, 2023

A lyrical picture book about our newest national holiday, Juneteenth follows the annual celebration in Galveston, Texas—birthplace of Juneteenth—through the eyes of a boy coming to understand his place in Black American history in a story from three Texan creators.


A Flag for Juneteenth By Kim Taylor Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823452248
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Published: Neal Porter Books - January 3rd, 2023

Expert quilter Kim Taylor shares a unique and powerful story of the celebration of the first Juneteenth, from the perspective of a young girl.


Build a House By Rhiannon Giddens, Monica Mikai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rhiannon Giddens, Monica Mikai (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536222524
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2022

Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens celebrates Black history and culture in her unflinching, uplifting, and gorgeously illustrated picture book debut.

I learned your words and wrote my song. I put my story down.


The Night Before Freedom: A Juneteenth Story By Glenda Armand, Corey Barksdale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Glenda Armand, Corey Barksdale (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593567463
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

This moving picture book tells the story of Juneteenth with all the care and reverence such a holiday deserves. The rhyming text and stunning illustrations will teach children about this historic day in history.

'Twas the night before freedom, and all through the South,
long-whispered rumors had, spread word of mouth.


Dear Yesteryear By Kimberly Annece Henderson, Kimberly Annece Henderson (Photographs by), Ciara LeRoy (Letterer) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593529249
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Published: Dial Books - March 7th, 2023

From historical curator and researcher Kimberly Annece Henderson comes this moving letter connecting Black history with the present, with archival photographs and beautiful handlettering by Ciara LeRoy


All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom By Angela Johnson, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela Johnson, E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689873768
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South.


Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom (Step into Reading) By Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Kim Holt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Kim Holt (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593434789
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

Some call it Freedom Day; some call it Emancipation Day; some call it Juneteenth. Learn more about this important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States in this Step 3 History Reader.


Juneteenth Jamboree By Carole Boston Weatherford, Yvonne Buchanan (Illustrator) Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781600602481
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 1995

A young girl, who has just moved to her parents' hometown, realizes that she has come home after the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth.

It's a fine day in June. Cassandra's family has just moved from the city back to her parents' hometown in Texas. Cassie likes her new house, and her new school is okay, but Texas doesn't quite feel like home yet.


What Is Juneteenth? (What Was?) By Kirsti Jewel, Who HQ, Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kirsti Jewel, Who HQ, Manuel Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593384695
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 5th, 2022

Discover more about Juneteenth, the important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States.


Juneteenth for Mazie By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Floyd Cooper, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781479558209
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Published: Picture Window Books - January 1st, 2016

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.


Freewater (Newbery & Coretta Scott King Award Winner) By Amina Luqman-Dawson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316056618
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2022

Winner of the John Newbery Medal
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award 
An Indiebound Bestseller
A
New York Times Bestseller

Award-winning author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children’s escape from a plantation and the many ways they find fre


The People Remember: A Kwanzaa Holiday Book for Kids By Ibi Zoboi, Loveis Wise (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ibi Zoboi, Loveis Wise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062915641
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 28th, 2021

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes her debut picture book—a tour de force that uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans. This lyrical, powerful tribute is sumptuously illustrated by New Yorker artist and rising star Loveis Wise.


Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Schele Williams, Tonya Engel (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419748752
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Your Legacy is a proud, empowering picture book introduction to African American history that celebrates and honors enslaved ancestors from author Schele Williams and illustrator Tonya Engel.
 
Your story begins in Africa.


The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States By Alliah L. Agostini, Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alliah L. Agostini, Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780760375143
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Published: becker&mayer! kids - May 3rd, 2022

Winner of the 2022 Black Kid Lit Award for Best Historical title.

With colorful illustrations and a timeline, 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​.