Posted by: nancyisanders | January 11, 2010


My husband, Jeff, teaches fourth grade. When he returned to his classroom last week, all the children shared what they did over vacation.

It was exciting to hear how one of his students met Dr. Maulana Karenga, the creator of the holiday Kwanzaa! What a special memory it was for his student.

Since we live near Los Angeles, I also know a dear friend who used to celebrate Kwanzaa with Dr. Karenga. It was a special time for her, as well.

Holidays are special times for family and friends. They are special times for teachers and students. Holidays are also special times for us as children’s writers. We can write about holidays to help children learn all about precious traditions and favorite ways to celebrate. I’ve written about Kwanzaa in a couple of my books for children, A Kid’s Guide to African American History and also in my book D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet.

Special Note: I will be teaching a teleclass this week on Thursday about setting goals for the new year. For details on how to join the fun, visit The Children’s Writers Coaching Club

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