Juneteenth picture book released by Cobb resident
A picture book for young people conveying the history of Juneteenth was published recently by Cobb resident Arian T. Moore. Juneteenth honors June 19th, the day in 1865 when federal troops informed Texan slaves of their freedom. Juneteenth became a federal holiday last year with the Cobb Government and the City of Marietta voting to make it a paid holiday for employees.
Moore’s book features a foreword by Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth. It contains illustrations and a storyline that teaches young readers about the significance of Juneteenth. It also includes a coloring page and affirmations to encourage children.
In Lee’s foreword, she writes, “It’s never too early to teach our children about freedom. ‘Juneteenth Jellybean’ is an inspiring, neat little book to introduce little ones to the history and celebration of Juneteenth.”
In a press release announcing the book, Moore said, “I believe Juneteenth is an opportunity to teach history. Studies show that early childhood education lays the foundation for a life of learning. Consequently, I wanted to write a story that preschool and kindergarten-aged children could learn from and enjoy.”
“Juneteenth Jellybean” is available on Amazon via a link on the book’s website.