9 Books for Kwanzaa

This year marks the 51st anniversary of Kwanzaa, a cultural holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Although observance of the holiday is increasing globally, many still don’t grasp its purpose and principles. Whether one celebrates the holiday or is seeking to expand their knowledge of its values and symbols, the books featured are good resources for learning and sharing. All are picture books, except The Children’s Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday; it contains more detailed historical information as well as ideas for observance. No matter how one chooses to celebrate Kwanzaa between December 26th-January 1st, books are always a great addition. Happy Kwanzaa!

K Is for Kwanzaa – Juwanda Ford,‎ Illustrator – Ken Wilson-Max 

Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa – Donna L. Washington, Illustrator – Shane W. Evans 

The Sound of Kwanzaa – Dimitrea Tokunbo, Illustrator – Lisa Cohen 

Seven Spools of Thread – Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrator – Daniel Minter 

Together for Kwanzaa – Juwanda Ford, Illustrator – Shelly Hehenberger 

My First Kwanzaa Book – Deborah M. Newton Chocolate, Illustrator – Cal Massey 

The Gifts of Kwanzaa – Synthia Saint James 

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa – Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrator – Brian Pinkney 

The Children’s Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday – Delores Johnson 


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