Kwanzaa Book Recommendations
Today is the third day of Kwanzaa. For those of you that do not know the meaning of Kwanzaa, it is a holiday that originated as a celebration to welcome the first harvests and was created as a response to the commercialism of Christmas. Each day is centered around one of the seven principles: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective world and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith). It’s a cultural holiday, as opposed to a religious holiday. Homemade and educational gifts are often given on the last day of Kwanzaa. Here are 5 great children's books about Kwanzaa. Peace, love, and happiness to all.
❤️Kelsey & Jessie
Together for Kwanzaa is a book by Juwanda Fore that is a great introductions to the traditions and practices during Kwanzaa. This story is about a girl named Kayla. Her favorite holiday is Kwanzaa. This year, there is a heavy snow storm coming and Kayla is worried that her brother will not make it home in time for Kwanzaa. This is a sweet story about the celebration of Kwanzaa as well as the importance of family.
Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa is a book by Donna L. Washington. It is inspired by the African-American folklore character, Brer Rabbit. The main principle of Kwanzaa is coming together to help others, but Li'l Rabbit feels too small to be able to help. He leaves to find something special for his sick grandmother. He runs into lots of animals who remember the kindness and generosity of Li'l Rabbit's grandmother and want to help him out. Turns out, Li'l Rabbit was able to bring the whole community together to celebrate. This book introduces the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa at the end of the book. It is great for educating children about the purpose and beliefs associated with this holiday.
My First Kwanzaa is a book by Karen Katz. It is simple and colorful and is a great introduction to Kwanzaa for younger children. I like this book in the board book format, but it also comes in hardcover and paperback. This book introduces the traditions and celebrations of Kwanzaa, like lighting the kinara, drinking from the kikombe (the unity cup), and eating muhindi (an ear of corn), in an easy-to-understand way!
‘Let's Celebrate Kwanzaa is by Arielle Phoenix. It teaches about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and how to apply them in daily life. This book touches on the fact that Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday instead of a religious holiday. It teachers others why it is important for all Africans to celebrate and apply and the seven principles of Kwanzaa to their lives, as well as to teacher children about the importance of the principles.
My Family Celebrates Kwanzaa is by Lisa Bullard. It is a children's chapter book that includes facts about the history of Kwanzaa, as well as the the principles and traditions of the holiday. It is also a great book for children to learn about the set-up of nonfiction books (i.e. table of contents, index, glossary). What an fun and educational way to learn about Kwnazaa!
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