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June 1, 2016

Happy Kwanzaa!

My nine-year-old son, my pitching in to help with my eight- and four-year-old nieces…commuting, school, work, Parent Association meetings, playdates, soccer, piano and dance lessons…oh, my! The end-of-the-year, weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa (a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits”) is an anticipated reconnecting for our family. We set aside about an hour a day from our busy schedules to share our family’s stories and our understandings of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. One story the children love to hear over and over again is of when my sister and I were young and demonstrates Kuumba, a Swahili phrase meaning “creativity” and is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa. My sister went into the kitchen, grabbing whatever she could find and came up with a recipe of  peanut butter, ice cream, and raisins that tastes amazing! We also read aloud and discuss books about the Kwanzaa holiday and its meaning of strengthening the bonds of our family and community. Books like K is for Kwanzaa, the Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, and My First Kwanzaa are great books for presenting the Kwanzaa holiday to young children.

Harambee! (A Swahili phrase meaning “all pull together.”)

Regina Spivey is a Book Clubs Project Manager. She is also her son’s number one fan. When her son is not writing and illustrating comic books of his own, the two of them love to spend time taking turns reading Calvin and Hobbes to each other and laughing it up!

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