Written by Angela Johnson
Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Juneteenth, commemorated on June 19th, is the celebration of the emancipation of slaves. This book shares the response of and the jubilation felt as a young girl’s family receives news that they are free. They are certain that everything is “all different now.” The day in 1865 began with them working as slaves in a Texas cotton field, but it ended in a celebration of their freedom.
I especially enjoyed reading the author and illustrator notes included in the book. To learn more about Juneteenth, there is also a page included with important, pertinent dates and an explanation of the celebration then and now. Plus, there is a list of key terms and definitions. Read more >>
Originally posted on April 28, 2021.