All Different Now

all-different-now-9780689873768_lgAll 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.

Juneteenth is celebrated today throughout the United States. Find local celebrations or visit The Smithsonian or The Henry Ford Museum on June 19.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to All Different Now

  1. This looks like a beautiful book of celebration!!! Thanks for sharing!

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