The winter holidays bring with them a certain magic and excitement for children and adults alike. With a little more down-time (hopefully) and a lot more sparkle, having the chance to cozy up with a holiday book is an intimate way to bring winter celebrations right into your home.
Kwanzaa, and its seven guiding principles, is the embodiment of holiday spirit. Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to bring together the African American community, Kwanzaa celebrates the principles of: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Each principle coincides with one of the seven days—celebrated from December 26 through January 1.
Whether you are looking for a Kwanzaa gift to share with your children, want to educate others on what Kwanzaa is or wish to introduce your children to this celebration, the following Kwanzaa books offer young children memorable ways to learn and practice the seven principles now and throughout the year.