children's books,  early literacy,  Holidays

Books for learning more about Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is one of those holidays that you might hear about annually – especially if you are teaching multicultural holidays – but the general population does not have a great understanding of the principles, symbols, or reasons for the holiday.  It’s not easy to teach children about something that we don’t know much about ourselves, so books can be a great place to start.  Here are a couple of great books for learning more about Kwanzaa. All links are Amazon affiliates.

Titled simply Kwanzaa, this is one of my favorites because the real photos are of modern families and they avoid stereotypes to introduce the holiday in a way that is realistic and culturally sensitive.

The Story of Kwanzaa is highly informative and can help you answer all of those questions that your students are bound to come up with.  My favorite thing about this book is that it includes a glossary of vocabulary words along with the pronunciation guide for each.

Hopefully these will give you a starting point that you can branch out from!

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