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June 14, 2024

10 Teen Books for Juneteenth


By Christy F., Collection Development Librarian

On June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, which marks the day that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. If you’d like to read about Hamilton County’s Connection to Juneteenth, our County Historian David Heighway has written several blogs on this topic. Below are ten titles for middle school and high school teens to commemorate Juneteenth!

Middle School

chains by laurie halse anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Treasure Island- Runaway Gold, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Treasure Island: Runaway Gold by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Remember Us, by Jacqueline Woodson

Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Amari and the Night Brothers, by B.B. Alston

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

New Kid, by Jerry Craft

New Kid by Jerry Craft

High School

Dreamland Burning, by Jennifer Latham

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The Opposite of Always, by Justin A. Reynolds

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Black Girl You Are Atlas, by Renee Watson

Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renee Watson

Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland