Children’s Books to Celebrate Juneteenth Recommended by the Teen Reading Ambassadors

By Rachel Roseberry, Manager, Young Adult Literacy Programs
June 9, 2021

NYPL’s Teen Reading Ambassadors program brings together 10th–12th grade students from across New York City to learn about the Library and help further its mission to inspire lifelong learning in others, particularly young children. Below are book recommendations for kids ages 5-12 written by Ambassadors to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States. 

The books recommended below illuminate the lives of historic African American figures, both before and after Emancipation, honor the richness and resilience of Black culture, and affirm the identities and experiences of Black children. From a biography of Arturo Schomburg and his “exhilaration [at] finding the hidden facts” of African American history to a picture book that “reflects the innocence, joy, and sheer happiness of Black boys after getting a fresh cut,” we hope these titles help you mark Juneteenth and celebrate Black history and culture all year round.  

Learn more about how the Library is celebrating Juneteenth with themed events, storytimes, and highlighting historical resources.