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21 Books That Demostrate the 7 Principals of Kwanzaa

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

My People by Langston Hughes


Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together. 

If Kids Ran The World by Leo and Diane Dillon

Rain School by James Rumford

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. 

Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by President Barak Obama

Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. 

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant

Mimi's Tutu by Tynia Thomassie

Magic Trash by J. H. Shapiro


Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Beautiful Moon by Tayna Bolden

Hope for Haiti by Jessee Watson

Juliana's Bananas by Ruth Walton


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