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Commemorating Juneteenth With Young Children

Juneteenth commemorates the day slaves in Texas learned they were free — June 19th 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the Civil War ended. 

The resources below, compiled by our Librarian Cassidy, can be used to help you celebrate Juneteenth by learning about Black History and how to make a difference with young children. 

Songs

What I Be (Will.i.am) Sesame Street via Youtube

Color of Me Sesame Street via Youtube

Stories

Milo’s Museum (video reading of the book by Zetta Elliott). The story of a child who visits the museum to find they do not see themselves represented so they do something about it at home. 

I Am Enough by Grace Byers A story of self confidence and love

Mae Among the Stars A beautiful picture book  about Dr. Mae Jamison, the first African-American woman in space

The Skin You Live In by Micheal Tyler A story about the things we do when we are in our skin. Filled with friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity.

Same Difference by Calinda Rawles A story about cousins that are just as different as they are the same 

We The Children by Natalia Garcia Hernandez A book about children’s rights

A is for Activist by Innsanto Nagara (read by Tom Morello) An alphabet book for little people to make change