By Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan
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It's a fine day in June. Cassandra's family has just moved from the city back to her parents' hometown in Texas. Cassie likes her new house, and her new school is okay, but Texas doesn't quite feel like home yet.
What Cassie doesn't know is that her family has a surprise for her — a Texas tradition. As she helps prepare red velvet cake, fried chicken, and piles of other dishes, she wonders what makes June 19th so important. It isn't until Cassie and her family arrive downtown that she discovers what the commotion is about. And, in the process, she realizes that she and her family have indeed come home.
With text and illustrations as warm as a summer day, author Carole Boston Weatherford and artist Yvonne Buchanan bring the African American emancipation celebration of Juneteenth to life for children. Readers of all ages will delight in this declaration of freedom and homecoming.
About the Creators
New York Times best-selling author CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD has dozens of books, including the Newbery Honor book, BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, and three Caldecott Honor books: Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, Carole teaches at Fayetteville State University. Juneteenth Jamboree is her first book.
YVONNE BUCHANAN is a versatile artist whose political illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She also created the award-winning animated children's video, Follow the Drinking Gourd: The Story of the Underground Railroad. Buchanan lives in Syracuse, New York.