Reading List: Happy Kwanzaa
Celebrated from December 26 to January 1 each year, Kwanzaa is a Pan-African and African-American cultural holiday that was established in 1966. The seven-day holiday was created as a celebration of the African-American family and community by Dr. Maulana Karenga.
By: Lisa Bullard
Illustrated by: Constanza Basaluzzo
Kevin is excited for his turn to light the candles on the last night of Kwanzaa, and as he narrates through the week of Kwanzaa, readers learn about the origins, purpose, and rituals of this holiday.
|Imani’s Gift at Kwanzaa
By: Denise Burden-Patman
Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper
Imani learns about Kwanzaa, the African American harvest festival, from her grandmother and makes friends with Enna, a girl who has never been to a Kwanzaa celebration before.
|Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa
By: Donna L. Washington
Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans
L’il Rabbit searches for a gift for his grandmother when she is sick during Kwanzaa and surprises her with the best gift of all. Includes “The Nguzo Saba – The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa.”
|My First Kwanzaa
By: Karen Katz
A girl describes how she and her family celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa.
|Seven spools of thread : a Kwanzaa story
By: Angela Shelf Medearis
Illustrated by: Daniel Minter
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along and embody Kwanzaa’s principles. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.
|The Sound of Kwanzaa
By: Dimitrea Tokunbo
Illustrated by: Lisa Cohen
Hear the words, sing the songs, dance to the beat, and shout “Harambee!” as you jump into this joyful celebration of the sounds of Kwanzaa! Lively verse and colorful illustrations guide you through the seven principles of this festive holiday.