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Parading with Pride: Rediscovering the Pinkster Festival

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"Rediscovering Pinkster" is an engaging and educational children's book that takes young readers on a fascinating journey into the vibrant history of the Pinkster Festival. Through colorful illustrations, this book brings to life the forgotten celebration of Pinkster, offering a valuable glimpse into African and African American heritage.

 Through vivid descriptions and kid-friendly language, readers will discover the various customs and traditions associated with Pinkster. They'll learn about the important role the festival played in providing respite for enslaved individuals, the vibrant markets where African and European cultures converged, and the lively dances and music that characterized the celebrations. Along the way, they'll encounter interesting facts about Pinkster, such as the crowning of the Pinkster King and the opportunity for enslaved Africans to subtly mock their captors through artistic expression.

"Rediscovering Pinkster" not only educates young readers about this forgotten history but also emphasizes the resilience, creativity, and unity of African American communities. Through its pages, children will develop a deeper appreciation for diverse cultures and the importance of preserving and celebrating heritage.

 This captivating children's book combines storytelling, facts, and vibrant illustrations to bring the Pinkster Festival to life. It inspires children to explore history, embrace cultural diversity, and recognize the valuable contributions of African American traditions. "Rediscovering Pinkster" is a delightful read-aloud or independent reading choice that sparks curiosity, fosters understanding, and encourages young minds to celebrate the vibrant tapestry of our shared past.


ISBN: 978-1-0881-3495-5


  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Non-Religious

Lexile Range: 1010L-1200L (Grade 4-6)

Audience: Juvenile (Child 9-11)

Page count: 46

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

Funchess' debut picture book, "The ABCs of Black History," was published in 2023. It is a non-fiction book that explores the history and experiences of Black people in America, with a focus on key events and figures who have shaped Black history. Funchess' second picture book, "ABCs and the NBA," was also published in 2023. The book uses the alphabet to introduce young readers to the world of the Men's National Basketball Association (NBA).


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