For the black families and friends who gather this year and every year, we want to wish you a very Happy Juneteenth celebration.
While Juneteenth just became a federal holiday, there may still be people that are just discovering its significance. This is a holiday celebrated by the Black community to acknowledge the milestone of their enslaved ancestors learning that they were no longer legally enslaved. However, we acknowledge that it did not and does not mean equity and equality for the Black community in America. That doesn’t take away from the fun and festive nature of the day. It is a joyous day and one that all children should be aware of.
We have compiled a list of resources that families can enjoy. We've shared Black authors, artists, and creators and linked to Black-owned book stores and shops where you can show your support.
Juneteenth for Mazie
Written and Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Age level: 5-9
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. (Capstone Publishing)
All Different Now - Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
Written by Angela Johnson and Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Age level: 5-9
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. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. This stunning picture book includes notes from the author and illustrator, a timeline of important dates, and a glossary of relevant terms. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Written and Illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley
Age level 4-8
Inspired by the questions of her own childhood, author and artist Daria Peoples-Riley has created a powerful and important book for Americans of all ages—an essential addition to every bookshelf and classroom. Her poetic text encourages readers to confront bias, prejudice, and discrimination and invites readers to reflect and respond with their own answers, while honoring the identities of black and brown children and people of color. (Greenwillow Books)
High on the Hog (This is a Team Tula Favorite)
Parents polled on Common Sense Media believes that this docuseries is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Episode 4 focuses on Juneteenth, but you will want to watch all of it!
"Black food is American food. Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield traces the delicious, moving throughlines from Africa to Texas in this docuseries." (Netflix)
After watching High on the Hog, you will certainly be hungry! Here is a list from Hangry Woman featuring recipes from Black Creators for Juneteenth Cookouts! The Watermelon Limeade on the list from On Ty's Plate is simple and refreshing.