All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom is a picture book about the day slaves were set free. It shows the slow progression that word-of-mouth took to tell slaves everywhere about freedom, and then the celebration that ensued.
Angela Johnson, in her author’s note, says she didn’t know how her great-grandparents celebrated when they learned they were free, so she imagined this book. It reads like poetry. E.B. Lewis paints jubilant scenes, full of power and emotion.