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Black Liberation

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

A celebration of emancipation, Black liberation, and empowerment for kids and their grown-ups in honor of Juneteenth. This is a joyful holiday celebrated each June 19 to commemorate the date in 1865 when Galveston, Texas became the last place in the country to learn that enslaved people were free.

  • The Undefeated

    2019 by Alexander, Kwame

    A stunning ode to Black American challenges and triumphs, with art from award-winner Kadir Nelson.

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  • I Am Every Good Thing

    2020 by Barnes, Derrick

    A gorgeous picture book in which Black boys are go-getters, difference makers, leaders, and every good thing!

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  • All Because You Matter

    2020 by Charles, Tami

    Discover this poignant, timely, emotionally stirring picture book, an ode to Black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love.

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  • Juneteenth for Mazie

    2015 by Cooper, Floyd

    Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty and freedom on Juneteenth!

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  • Juneteenth

    2018 by Grack, Rachel

    This engaging book teaches the origins and traditions of Juneteenth, honoring the freedom of African Americans.

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  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

    2014 by Johnson, Angela

    Through the eyes of one little girl, this book tells the story of the first Juneteenth, when the last enslaved people finally learned they were free.

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  • Hair Love

    2019 by Cherry, Matthew A.

    Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he loves his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy. Also an award-winning short film.

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  • Let's Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth

    2018 by DeRubertis, Barbara

    Abolitionists like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth fought for freedom from slavery for all African Americans. They fought with speeches, writings, even daring rescue missions. We honor and continue their fight for freedom and equality.

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  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

    2017 by Harrison, Vashti

    Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.

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  • Black Is a Rainbow Color

    2020 by Joy, Angela

    A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this gorgeous picture book.

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  • Sulwe

    2019 by Nyong'o, Lupita

    Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

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  • Hey Black Child

    2017 by Perkins, Useni Eugene

    An empowering poem celebrating Black children that will inspire all young ones to dream big.

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  • Juneteenth Jamboree

    2013 by Weatherford, Carole Boston

    A young girl who has just moved to her parents' hometown realizes that she has come home after the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth (only available as an eBook).

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  • Young, Gifted, and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

    2018 by Wilson, Jamia

    This book brings together 52 iconic talents from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. It includes Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams.

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