The Story of Juneteenth


By Dorena Williamson

Illustrated by Markia Jenai

Formats and Prices




$11.99 CAD


Board book


Board book $7.99 $11.99 CAD

Introduce little learners to the Juneteenth holiday with this 250-word board book about its origins and traditions.

What are the origins of America’s newest national holiday? With simple, age-appropriate language and colorful illustrations, this little board book introduces children to the events of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform the people of Texas that all enslaved people were declared free and the Civil War had ended. The book also connects those events to today’s celebrations. Thoroughly researched and historically accurate, The Story of Juneteenth distills a pivotal moment in U.S. history and creates an opportunity for further conversation between parent or caregiver and child.

  • " . . . this informative board book strings together facts about Juneteenth for readers unfamiliar with the holiday and its origins." 
    Kirkus Reviews
  • “A versatile and welcomed addition to the limited but growing collection of children’s books available about Juneteenth.”
    School Library Journal

On Sale
May 3, 2022
Page Count
24 pages

Dorena Williamson

About the Author

Dorena Williamson is the best-selling author of ColorFull (B&H Kids), The Celebration Place (IVP Kids), and Crowned With Glory (WaterBrook). She is a longtime bridge-builder and co-planter of Strong Tower Bible Church, a multicultural faith community in Nashville, TN. Dorena is married to Dr. Chris Williamson and they have four children.

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