Read to Lead Series: Juneteenth (Day 1)

The Clinton Presidential Center’s Read to Lead Series is all about helping young learners become great readers, leaders, and active citizens. We will explore some interesting topics, like how to be a good member of your community and learn more about yourself and the culture and history of our neighbors.

In our first edition of the series, we will explore Juneteenth, a national holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in America. Participants will enjoy captivating stories from remarkable books, hands-on sensory-friendly crafts, and interactive music-making sessions featuring traditional African instruments. 

Bring your young reader to the Clinton Presidential Center on June 10 for a day of fun, learning, and celebration! This enriching event is free, while general admission to the museum applies. Children attending the event can tour the Clinton Center free with a paid adult.

Register here for the program.

Book 1: “Let’s Celebrate Juneteenth – An Inclusive Holiday Board Book for Babies and Toddlers” by Tonya Abari  

This book introduces children to the holiday of Juneteenth: a federal holiday in the United States on June 19, commemorating the freedom of enslaved African Americans.  Colorful illustrations by Tabitha Brown show the various ways that people celebrate the anniversary of freedom for all! 

Book 2: “Dream Big, Little One” by Vashti Harrison  

This inspiring story celebrates the achievements of exceptional black women throughout history. From scientists to artists, “Dream Big, Little One” encourages young readers to dream big and reach for the stars as they learn about the incredible accomplishments of these trailblazers. 

The Clinton Center is a proud affiliate partner in Juneteenth in Da Rock 2023. Visit to see the full calendar of events and join the celebration!

Other events in this series:

Juneteenth Day 2: June 17

Pride Month: June 24