2011 Kwanzaa


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

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."

Kwanzaa Fun

Linda Robertson; illustrated by Julia Pearson.

The simple and clear step-by-step instructions will make it easy for children to build a kinara and mishuma saba, paint a family tree, construct unity dolls, weave a mkeka, and make a unity cup. They'll also learn the history and the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

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...

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!

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.

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...

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.

Kwanzaa: from holiday to everyday

by Maitefa Angaza

From Preparation To Celebration, Make Your Kwanzaa A Family Tradition! Traditionally, Kwanzaa brings family, friends, and the community together for a winter celebration. But Kwanzaa can be a part of your life year round. The twenty million people of African descent who celebrate this holiday steeped in cultural richness observe the holiday for its seven principles--principles that inspire the individual and promote community. Whether you're a fi...

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...

Origami Holiday Decorations for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

by Florence Temko


Beautify your home or classroom for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa with elegant original folded paper ornaments by the grande dame of origami, Florence Temko! These 25 designs will please discriminating tastes but are simple enough for newcomers to origami or as crafts projects for youngsters.