Seven Picture Books for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa—celebrated every year between December 26 and January 1—brings many African-American families together to enjoy the “first fruits of the harvest,” the Swahili phrase from which its name is derived. Its traditions, like lighting the seven candles on the kinara and feasting at a party on the last night of the holiday, center around family and community.

What could be a better way to introduce the principles of Kwanzaa than picture books? Here are a few of our favorites—one for each night of the holiday.