If you only have one Kwanzaa book in your library, "The Sound of Kwanzaa" by Dimitrea Tokunbo is the one I would recommend. In the author's notes in the back of the book you will discover that her father was a friend of Dr. Maulana Karenga who began the tradition of Kwanzaa. She was able to meet him as a child, and I am sure that impacted her writing of this book.
Each page descirbes the Nguzo Saba (the seven guiding principles) of Kwanzaa through the sounds associated with the night; such as "beating drums and singing voices" to celebrate creativity, and "laughing shoppers and chanting merchants" for Ujamaa - cooperative economics.
Books for Children Ages: 2 years old and older
Recommended for Family Reading: Yes
Related Discussion Topics: Kwanzaa, the seven principles, family traditions, multi-culturalism.
- Make the Kwanzaa Brownie Bites recipe in the back of the book.
- Create a poster with the Nguzo Saba on it for your wall.
- Plan your own karamu for the last night of Kwanzaa (Jan. 1) and invite all your friends.
Culture Differences: Kwanzaa represents values that most cultures all share. Learning about this celebration can be an enriching experience for your family whether or not you are African American by descent.
Children's Book Review Rating: 5 Stars - Beautiful Book