Kids' Books to Celebrate Juneteenth

By Gwen Glazer, Librarian
June 18, 2019

On June 19, 1865—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—a general in the Union Army finally told the people of Galveston, Texas, that slavery had ended. The holiday of Juneteenth commemorates that date in particular, and, more generally, freedom from slavery after the Civil War. (Learn more about Juneteenth's history and traditions via NYPL's online resources!)

Juneteenth has inspired literature for adults, including Ralph Ellison's classic novel of the same name, but there are also great books to introduce the holiday's stories and traditions to the youngest readers.