From the Series On My Own Holidays

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

June 19th, 1865, began as another hot day in Texas. Enslaved African Americans worked in fields, in barns, and in the homes of the white people who owned them. Then a message arrived. Freedom! Slavery had ended! The Civil War had actually ended in April. It took two months for word to reach Texas. Still the joy of that amazing day has never been forgotten. Every year, people all over the United States come together on June 19th to celebrate the end of slavery. Join in the celebration of Juneteenth, a day to remember and honor freedom for all people.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Holidays
Copyright 2006
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF026080, JNF018010, JNF025270
Dewey 394.263
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 102739
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Maps, Note to adults, Recipes, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and Timeline


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2006



“This entry in the On My Own Holidays series offers a solid introduction to the holiday for independent readers. . . leaping, embracing figures convey the resilience and rejoicing of celebrants then and now.”

School Library Journal

“The description of slavery is brave in its honesty, difficult to read but necessary to understand. . . Realistic paintings in vibrant colors illustrate these easy readers.”
School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Schroder’s plentiful illustrations have a static, dioramic look, but their rich colors will show to better effect in group use than many of the more tepid palette choices of easy chapter books. Like the good news itself, easy holiday books about Juneteenth have been late in arriving and this will be welcome in most collections.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Author: Drew Nelson

Author: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of The Book Itch, as well as three Coretta Scott King Award-winning books: No Crystal Stair, Bad News for Outlaws, and Almost to Freedom. She is a former youth services librarian in New Mexico. Visit her online vaundanelson.com.

Illustrator: Mark Schroder

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