6 books about Juneteenth for kids of all ages

Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, is an important holiday for kids to understand.

Juneteenth books for kids

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, informing enslaved African Americans that they were finally free and that the Civil War was over. It was a true cause for celebration. Now, 156 years later, the spirit behind Juneteenth (a combination of "June" and "nineteenth") celebrations are still needed, and perhaps more now than ever before.

In exciting news, Juneteenth became a federal holiday this month, so you can celebrate in your own home by introducing the holiday's stories and traditions to the tiniest readers. These books will help your children understand the history of Juneteenth and other crucial moments in Black history, and why they're still important today.

Celebrate Juneteenth with these stories for kids of all ages!


Glow by Ruth Forman

Glow by Ruth Foreman

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Emphasizing how important our Black boys are is critical to their development. This board book explores the relationship between a boy and a moon, and it's the exact kindness we need to show in the world. Our favorite line: "I shine night too, smooth brown, glow skin."

Ages: Infant and up

$8.72

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

All Different Now by Angela Johnson

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Relive Juneteenth from the eyes of a young girl in this picture book that includes notes from the author, a timeline of important dates and a glossary of relevant terms.

Ages: 5 - 9 years old

$13.55

Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story by Valerie Wesley

Freedom's Gifts by Valerie Wesley

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Gorgeous photographs and simple text highlight the story of a Texas girl helping her cousin understand the importance of "freedom's gifts."

Ages: 5 - 9 years old

$30

Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford

Juneteenth Jamboree by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Looking for a fun way to introduce this holiday to your little? Share this story of young Cassie, who celebrates the joyous holiday at a community event with her family.

Ages: 6 - 9 years old

$10.95

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

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Follow Mazie as she remembers the struggles and the triumph of Juneteenth. This sturdy board book is not only a celebration of Juneteenth, but also African American history.

Ages: 6 - 9 years old

$10.53

Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth by Barbara deRubertis

Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth by Barbara deRubertis

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Serving as a true history lesson, this book aims to educate the origins of slavery, explaining how traders brought captured Africans across the ocean in chains, then sold them in markets to white owners. The book, which includes photos, also highlights why the observance of DC Emancipation Day, a holiday celebrating emancipation in the District of Columbia, is just as important.

Ages: 10 and up

$11.40

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