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Check It Out: Titles perfect for Juneteenth celebration


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


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