On June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth, but what exactly is Juneteenth?

Okay, imagine a big party where everyone celebrates because it’s like the birthday of freedom for some people. Juneteenth is a special day when we remember when all the people who were enslaved in the United States found out they were free. It’s like a big happy day to remember and celebrate when everyone got to be free together. Some people celebrate with music, dancing, yummy food, and lots of fun! It’s a day of joy and remembering how important freedom is for everyone. How will you celebrate?

Want ways to explain the importance of Juneteenth to a young child? Try reading a book about it!

PA’s Promise for Children has a few recommendations. Visit your local library to check out these books, or to find new favorites.

  • Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  • The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States by Alliah L. Agostini
  • Jayylen’s Juneteenth Surprise by Lavaille Lavette
  • Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
  • Juneteenth Is by Natasha Tripplett
  • A Flag for Juneteenth by Kim Taylor
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
  • The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson

Click here to print the list and take it to your library!

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