The History of Juneteenth: A History Book for New Readers (The History of: A History Series for New Readers) (Paperback)
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An introduction to the history of Juneteenth for kids ages 6 to 9
On June 19, 1865, a Union soldier traveled to Texas to tell the enslaved people who lived there that they were free—that slavery was now illegal in every state. The people danced and sang in celebration of their freedom. Today, we pay tribute to this historical day with a special holiday on June 19 called Juneteenth. This colorfully illustrated story takes kids on an exciting journey through all the events that led up to the first Juneteenth, the day itself, and the impact it had on the future of the United States.
What sets this book apart from other Juneteenth books for kids:
- A thorough history—Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Juneteenth, and take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.
- A visual timeline—Help new readers grasp important details with a visual timeline that marks the major milestones of Juneteenth history.
- Today’s perspective—Kids can explore thought-provoking questions that help them better understand how the history of Juneteenth affects the world they live in today.
Teach new readers about an important piece of African-American history with this kid-friendly Juneteenth book.
About the Author
ARLISHA NORWOOD ALSTON, PhD, is a historian, researcher, and social justice advocate. She received her PhD in history from Howard University. She has published several children’s books, including The Story of Ruby Bridges and Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A.
“This timely and compelling overview of Juneteenth shows what it has meant to African Americans since 1865. The History of Juneteenth: A History Book for New Readers is a must-read for young and old alike. Author and justice advocate Arlisha Norwood creates a story that draws readers in while also informing them, and illustrator Sawyer Cloud's powerful images amplify the text. The story is both thought-provoking and emotional. Readers will likely be jumping at the chance to celebrate the 150-year-old holiday. A truly beautiful book!” —Common Sense Media