Kwanzaa 2012

Fruits of the Harvest: recipes to celebrate Kwanzaa and other holidays

by Eric V. Copage

Nonfiction, Cooking

Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays offers more than 125 treasured recipes from people of African descent all over the world: Jerked Pork Chops and Fresh Papaya Chutney from Jamaica; New-Fashioned Fried Chicken, a dish from the Deep South; and Tiebou Dienne , Senegalese herb-stuffed fish steaks with seasoned rice. In addition to main courses, there are recipes for a full range of dishes, from appetizers to soups...


by David F. Marx; consultant, Katharine A. Kane

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Earth and Space Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives. Social Studies: Civic Ideals & Practices, Culture, Global Connections, Power, Authority, & Governance Production, Distribution, & Consumption Science, Technology, & Society

A Kwanzaa Holiday Cookbook

by Emily Raabe


During Kwanzaa, African Americans celebrate both their heritage in Africa and their lives in America. In this book, students learn how Kwanzaa began in the 1960s, the meaning of Kwanzaas seven symbols, and other facts about this important holiday. As part of the lesson, students make Kwanzaa treats such as benne cakes and Kwanzaa cornbread. The recipes are presented with clear, step-by-step instructions that make it easy for kids to bring history...

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa

by Donna L. Washington; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Li'l Rabbit wants to celebrate his favorite part of Kwanzaa, the feast of Karamu, but poor Granna Rabbit is sick in bed. Li'l Rabbit decides to go off and find a very special treat for Granna Rabbit so she can have the most wonderful Karamu. Full color.

Santa's Kwanzaa

by Garen Eileen Thomas; illustrated by Guy Francis


Santa lays the last present beneath the last Christmas tree and returns weary-eyed to the North Pole-to the surprise of a lifetime. From the twenty-sixth day of December to January first, Santa and his family delight in the Kwanzaa tradition, and have a jolly-good time. But as the last day approaches, Santa is still filled with the holiday spirit and wants to do something extra special to show his love for humanity. What more can Santa give? Pain...

K is for Kwanzaa: a Kwanzaa Alphabet Book

by Juwanda G. Ford; illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max


Celebrates the African-American holiday Kwanzaa by introducing related words from A to Z, including "Africa," "bendera," "dashiki," and "yams."

Habari Gani? = What's The News? A Kwanzaa Story

by Sundaira Morninghouse; paintings by Jody Kim

December 26 to January 1 will never be the same for seven year-old Kia and her family. The Edwards are celebrating Kwanzaa, the only indigenous, non-heroic African American holiday in the US. "Habari Gani" replaces "Hi." As each day unfolds Kia experiences the seven principles of Kwanzaa woven into her family and community life and learns that Kwanzaa is a cultural and political celebration of the African American experience.

Paper crafts for Kwanzaa

by Randel McGee

Action/Adventure, Nonfiction

Do you want to make your own paper kinara pop-up card? The kinara is an important part of Kwanzaa. Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Kwanzaa in PAPER CRAFTS FOR KWANZAA. Learn to make a lion, a mkeka (the mat used in Kwanzaa celebrations), and more!

Kwanzaa: Seven Days of African-American Pride

by Carol Gnojewski


Light the candles, set the table for the feast, and bring out the instruments. It is December 26, and it's time to celebrate the culture and history of Africa and its people! Kwanzaa is a holiday based on traditional African harvest festivals. It centers around the Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles of African-American culture. Kwanzaa -- Seven Days of African-American Pride explores the development of Kwanzaa by Professor Maulana Karenga and ex...

The Story of Kwanzaa

by Donna L. Washington; illustrated by Stephen Taylor


It's Kwanzaa-time! Light the candles on the kinara! Fly the bendera, and tell stories from Africa! The festival of Kwanzaa was originated by Dr. Maulana Karenga to honor the customs and history of African Americans. The seven principles of Kwanzaa, called the Nguzo Saba, serve to remind African Americans of the struggles of the past, and also focus on present-day achievements and goals for the future. Activities at the end of the book include mak...

The Seven Days of Kwanzaa

by Angel Medearis


Every year, for seven days beginning December 26th, African-Americans celebrate their heritage during the Kwanzaa holiday. In this book, you can find out about that special time so you can celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa, too. Includes recipes for African dishes to make a Kwanzaa feast, and instructions for making masks, African toe puppets, and other special Kwanzaa gifts. Available October.


by Molly Aloian


Kwanzaa is an African American festival that celebrates family, community and culture. It began in 1966 and based on various African harvest festivals in an attempt to bring African Americans together and remind them of their roots. On this