For some reason, there seem to be a lot more nonfiction Kwanzaa books than Kwanzaa stories. If you are looking for a story, here are a few suggestions:
The Black Snowman by Phil Mendez
Through the powers of a magical kente, a black snowman comes to life and helps young Jacob discover the beauty of his black heritage as well as his own self-worth. Although the story doesn’t mention Kwanzaa, the combination of a winter setting and the theme of pride in African heritage make it an appropriate picture book for older readers celebrating the holiday.
Imani in the Belly by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
Imani is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, but of course it can also be a name! In this picture book, Imani’s faith helps her save herself and her children from the belly of the King of Beasts.
Kente Colors by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
A rhyming description of the kente cloth costumes of the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and a portrayal of the symbolic colors and patterns end with a picture of an African American family wearing the fabric in front of a table all ready for a Kwanzaa celebration.
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington
L’il Rabbit searches for a gift for his grandmother when she is sick during Kwanzaa, and surprises her with the best gift of all.
My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
A girl describes how she and her family celebrate the seven days of Kwanzaa.
Santa’s Kwanzaa by Garen Eileen Thomas
Christmas and Kwanzaa are combined in a rhyming story of Santa’s trip home after delivering presents to celebrate Kwanzaa with his family.
Seven Days of Kwanzaa by Ella Grier
The seven days of Kwanzaa is a celebration of rich African-American culture and traditions: lighting candles, storytelling, singing and making mkeka mats.
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. This book from the junior fiction section includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and how to make a belt.
The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo
Lively verse and colorful illustrations guide you through the seven principles of this festive holiday.
Together for Kwanzaa by Juwanda G. Ford
While celebrating Kwanzaa and its many traditions with her parents, Kayla hopes that her big brother Khari will get home from college before the holiday is over.