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Holiday Collections - Virtual Book Display: Kwanzaa

Explore different holiday traditions or find a fun holiday-related book, ebook, or film with our virtual book display.



Although Kwanzaa is an important cultural event for many families, there are a limited number of books and films illustrating this rich cultural tradition. Therefore, we've provided a collection of suggested works that showcase the seven principles of Kwanzaa: 

  1. Umoja (Unity)
  2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  5. Nia (Purpose)
  6. Kuumba (Creativity),
  7. Imani (Faith).


The Complete Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa and Me
African American Culture: an Encyclopedia of People, Traditions, and Customs [3 Volumes]
A Kwanzaa Keepsake
Kwanzaa - All You Need To Know
by herrimanjoe.

From Visually.

Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Books DVDs

Umoja (Unity)

If Beale Street could talk - Umoja (Unity)

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

Homecoming - Kujichagulia (Self-determination)

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

Invisible Man
Judas and the Black Messiah

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Oh freedom after while - Ujamaa (Cooperative economics)

Nia (Purpose)

Mumbo Jumbo

Kuumba (Creativity)

Brown Girl in the Ring
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child -  Kuumba (Creativity)

Imani (Faith)

The Underground Railroad
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa -  Imani (Faith)

Children's Books

My First Kwanzaa
The Sound of Kwanzaa
Crafts for Kwanzaa
My First Kwanzaa Book
The Gifts of Kwanzaa
K Is for Kwanzaa