It’s time to celebrate Juneteenth! Officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, Juneteenth, which is observed annually on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The library has a variety of books about Juneteenth for kids and adults, and here is a brief list of titles for your family’s reading pleasure.
- “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom” written by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Earl B. Lewis. (call number E JOHNSON)
- “Juneteenth for Mazie” written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (call number E COOPER)
- “The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States” written by Alliah L. Agostini, illustrated by Sawyer Cloud. (call number E394.263 AGOSTIN)
- “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed. (call number 394.263 GORDONR)
- “Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth” written by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. (call number EB-LEE DUNCAN)
- “Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations” by National Geographic Kids. (call number 641.5929 TAYLOR)
Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at email@example.com.