Books for Kwanzaa

November 27, 2012 | Scott

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When December arrives our city is decorated in lights marking the beginning of the Christmas season. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto is home to people with various ethnic backgrounds including those who celebrate holidays other than Christmas and specific to their cultural heritage. One of those holidays is Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration invented by Dr. Maulana Karenga who based it on African harvest celebrations and traditions. Created to give African Americans a time to celebrate their past and give thanks for the present, Kwanzaa has become a holiday celebrated all over the world, including Canada.

Reflecting the cultural diversity of the city, Toronto Public Library’s collection includes a wide selection of books about Kwanzaa for kids. Here’s a small selection of titles perfect for those who celebrate this holiday or those interested in learning more about it.

Seven Days of Kwanzaa
and The Sound of Kwanzaa

Seven Days of Kwanzaa The Sound of Kwanzaa

These two books are a great introduction to Kwanzaa and explain the principles and symbols of the holiday through colourful illustrations and lively verse. Also includes recipes.

All New Crafts for Kwanzaa All New Crafts for Kwanzaa

Over 20 hands-on craft projects to explore the symbols of Kwanzaa using inexpensive household materials. Simple instructions make these projects perfect for all ages.


Kwanzaa KidsKwanzaa Kids

This interactive lift-the-flap picture book features colourful illustrations and rhymes and is perfect for introducing Kwanzaa to younger children using simple language.

Seven Spools of ThreadSeven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

This traditional Ghanian folktale introduces readers to the origins of the seven principles of Kwanzaa illustrated in bold, vibrant colours that will transport readers into the heart of Africa.