Written by Deborah M. Chocolate, Illustration by Cal Massey
What happens when it’s Kwanzaa time? This book tells the exciting story of this holiday from the perspective of a young boy. Throughout the days of Kwanzaa, this family dresses in special ways, greet relatives and visitors, listen to stories about the family and from Africa and share wonderful activities that bring everyone together in a very meaningful way.
A beautifully written story, this book for young readers shares special moments in a family’s celebration plus the seven principles of Kwanzaa and a history of the holiday that will inspire any reader.
During the last week of December, Kwanzaa is a time to dress up in African clothes and gather together with relatives from all over the country. Grandma brings special things to eat, Grandpa lights the candles, and everyone in the family celebrates their heritage.
Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz
Although written for earliest readers, this is a beautiful, informational and inspirational book for any age! Karen’s Katz’s beautiful illustrations take you through the seven days of Kwanzaa and the activities that one family does to celebrate each day.
It’s wonderful to watch principles or concepts such as “creativity, faith, self-determination, and helping our neighborhood grow” come alive on the pages of this book. A great book for reading or reading aloud at holiday time to inspire the question… what do the holidays mean to you?
Suggested Reading Level – Ages 3 and up.
A simple way to get acquainted with Kwanzaa
During the seven days of Kwanzaa we celebrate the importance of family, friends, and community. This warm and lively introduction to a very special holiday will help even the youngest children join in!
Author and illustrator Karen Katz kicks off a wonderful new series of picture books for the very young with My First Kwanzaa. The series will offer a simple and fun way to get familiar with the traditions of holiday celebrations from different cultures.
Written by Angela Shelf Medearis, Illustrated by Daniel Minter
This is a wonderful folktale style story with glorious illustrations that seems to embody the very spirit of Kwanzaa. The tale starts with a father who has lost his wife and must take care of his seven sons all by himself. Although the sons have many blessings, it seems that all they can do is fight all day long. However, when their father passes away, he has left them with a test. If they turn seven spools of thread into gold in one day without fighting, they can have all that was his.
How will the boys accomplish this? And what will be discovered when they learn to work together instead of fighting all day long? Will they learn the seven principals of Kwanzaa during their struggle to turn thread into gold? And will they find a way to benefit everyone in their village instead of just their own personal needs? Pick up this beautifully illustrated book to discover how the boys solved this tough riddle and in the process, learned how to put the seven principles of Kwanzaa into action.
Without giving away more of the story, the book also mentions kente cloth and offers an easy-to-do hand weaving project (similar to those used in Africa) that is perfect for small hands or beginning crafters. I’m off to try making a kente style belt today!
This is a beautiful book for so many reasons! Perfect for any home school or classroom library!
In an African village live seven brothers who make life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread or they will be turned out as beggars.
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