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Kwanzaa paper craft

Kwanzaa is a celebration that honors African heritage. It is observed from December 26th to January 1st, including a feast on December 31st called Karamu. Kwanzaa celebrations include singing, dancing, storytelling and African drums. To learn more about Kwanzaa's roots in ancient African customs and how it is celebrated, watch the PBS Learning Media video All About the Holidays: Kwanzaa and this Sesame Street video during which a family shares how they celebrate Kwanzaa together.

Read together!

Listen together as author Ibi Zoboi reads aloud, The People Remember, with illustrations by Loveis Wise. It uses the seven principles of Kwanzaa called Nguzo Saba, to share the history of African descendants in America from the time their ancestors arrived in America to the present day. The seven principles are:

1. Umoja (Unity)
2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
3. Ujima (Responsibility)
4. Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)
5. Nia (Purpose)
6. Kuumba (Creativity)
7. Imani (Faith)

You can also listen to author Donna L Washington read Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa, a story that introduces the holiday and celebrates the true meaning of Kwanzaa - coming together to help others.

Use your IndyPL library card to check out e-books, audiobooks, and other streaming content about Kwanzaa from home, right to your device. See our digital Kwanzaa collection from on OverDrive Kids, or come visit us! Below is a selection of Kwanzaa books for kids to help you get started! If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use it for both e-books and audiobooks.

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Books for Kids to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Nguzo Saba

Kwanzaa is a celebration in the U.S. that honors African heritage. It is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, ending with gifts and a feast. Kwanzaa features customs from different traditional African celebrations that include singing, dancing, storytelling and African drums. #indyplkids Last Updated: November 2022


Rathburn, Betsy

This simple book about Kwanzaa was developed for preschoolers through grade two using simple and predictable words and colorful photos.


Lynch, Seth

A simple introduction of the principles of Kwanzaa as well as a look at the traditions that are part of its celebration.

The People Remember

Zoboi, Ibi Aanu

Tells the journey of African descendants in America. They had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land. "By turns powerful and revealing, this is a lyrical narrative that tells the story of survival, as well as the many moments of joy, celebration, and innovation of Black people in America."