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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Experience the joy of Juneteenth in this celebration of freedom from the award-winning team of Angela Johnson and E.B. Lewis.

Through the eyes of one little girl, All Different Now tells the story of the first Juneteenth, the day freedom finally came to the last of the slaves in the South. Since then, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 1st 2013)
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Realistic watercolor illustrations by E.B. Lewis complement the inspirational narrative by Angela Johnson in this story that depicts slaves in Texas learning of their freedom, inspiring the Juneteenth holiday.

The images of children waking to light streaming in through their window is so beautiful, which contrasts starkly with their terrible working and living conditions. And the celebration of the announcement at the seaside shows how the family hopes that the tide is turning and that their liv
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
If you don’t already know the story of Juneteenth Day, this book won't enlighten you until you get to the author’s notes at the back of the book. By starting at the end, you will learn that at the conclusion of the Civil War, many slaves did not yet know they were now free. [The author errs in her note (although not in her timeline) by stating that slaves were free as of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. This was a wartime measure and in any event did not free all the slaves; som ...more
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book last night at the library, thinking I might get it to read to my six year-old daughter. The story is very touching and the artwork is BEAUTIFUL, but I think this book is for kids that are a bit older than mine is. Before I read it to her, I'd have to explain slavery, the Civil War, and Emancipation. She only knows a little about the Civil War and Lincoln right now, but once we've learned a bit more, I would love for her to read this book, especially since it deals with Emancipat ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a picture book, the artwork is nice to look at. It's fluid and fits the tone of the story well. Since it's not nonfiction, the story itself doesn't really delve into what Juneteenth is and why it was such a big deal. It does get the message across on how important it was to black people. I'd recommend this book for a younger age group, somewhere between 3-6. It could possibly come with questions from the child but I think they'd just enjoy the flow of the book.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
everything about this book is stunning. the prose, the illustrations. the emotion behind it. so wonderful. another great book by angela johnson.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
1. "As we've been reading and learning about African-American history in the United States, we've focused on slavery and the Emancipation Proclamation. Does anyone remember what the Emancipation Proclamation did?" (pause for answer) "Yes, it stated that everyone held as a slave was free. Even though President Lincoln issued the proclamation on January 1st, it took a long time for it to become a reality in all states. Today, we're going to read a book called All Different Now. As we will see, it ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Celebrate the beauty of freedom in this book dedicated to Juneteenth. Told from the point of view of a young girl, the story is about the first Juneteenth, the day that freedom was first announced for the last of the slaves in the South. Living in shacks on a plantation in Texas, the day is just another day for the girl and her family and the rest of the slaves. They worked hard in the hot sun, not knowing that word of their freedom was steadily heading their way. Then the news arrived and peopl ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
1. I made a text to world connection with the book All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson. In this book, the narrator, who is a little African American girl, starts to notice adults all around her responding to some extremely incredible news. I can make a connection to the world because I know about the fight for freedom in the Civil War. Although the book does not mention the war, I know that it lasted a long time, and slaves were held in great anticipation an ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little girl in Galveston, TX, wakes up one morning to find that her whole world has changed when news arrives from the port that all slaves are now and forever free. Her family and the rest of the people in the field receive the news with different emotions as the news overwhelms them and fills their hearts with joy and hope. They all end the day at the beach with a celebration that grows as more and more free people join them.
This historical fiction picture book gives us the perspective of a
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
There aren't very many picture books about Juneteenth. In this 2014 book, Angela Johnson conveys the enormous joy surrounding the 1865 announcement of freedom for slaves on Galveston Island who had toiled on for more than 2 and a half years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Without describing the horrifying atrocities of slavery, Johnson gives young readers a clear sense of change that transpired when the endless cotton field labor that proceeded the Juneteenth announcement was replaced ...more
Carrie Charley Brown
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity, pb-nonfic
Wow. To imagine a day when freedom finally comes to the last of the slaves in the South. It is difficult to put in words how amazing this book is. It is best to let the author and illustrator do it for you. The illustrations and words are so very moving, including the notes shared at the end of the book. Everyone needs to read this book!
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Artistic interpretation of the Juneteenth announcement that slavery had ended. Don't miss the author and illustrator notes and additional historic information in the back.
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful telling of the end of slavery in the USA, and shown in wonderfully expressive illustrations.
At the back of the book there is a page of Important Dates; a page called Juneteenth, then and now; and a page of online sources and Key Terms.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book tells the story of the first Juneteenth, which is the day that the last slaves in Texas found out that they were free. The story is told through the eyes of a small slave girl as she describes her surroundings and how everything is "different now."

I enjoyed the pictures in this book, and the topic of the book; however, I do not feel that this book did a great job addressing what Juneteenth actually is. It is not until the timeline, vocabulary, and authors note at the end that one can r
Seema Rao
Watercolor illustrations and clear,concise text tell the story of a group of cotton working slaves learning of emancipation (Juneteenth).
Johnson, A., & Lewis, E. (2014). All different now: Juneteenth, the first day of freedom. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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This book uses simple text to tell the powerful story of one family of slaves in Texas learning of their freedom on June 19, 1865. The prose is almost lyrical - “And nobody knew, as we ate a little, talked a little, and headed to the fields as the sun was rising, that soon, it would all be different.”

The story and illustrations give the
Colleen Smith
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
All Different Now by Angela Johnson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis won the ILA teachers choice award in 2015.
The story is told by a little girl who wakes up thanking that it will be any other day. Her and her family are slaves that work on a cotton farm in Texas and find out on June nineteenth that they are free. The family is happy and some are crying because they thought this day would never come. They celebrate by having a picnic on the shore. The story ends with the family riding away from t
Thomas S.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
4: All Different Now – Juneteenth, the first day of freedom
Summary: This book is set on June 19th 1865 – the day slaves were told that they were free. The first person narrator, a girl, describes it as a perfectly normal morning. Her family woke up and went to work at the cotton field. Then word spread in Texas and into the cotton field, that slavery was abolished. The narrator’s aunt started singing in joy, and the elder bowed their heads in gratitude of the big day. The rest of the day, all th
Hunter Branch
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
This book tells the Juneteenth, which was the day that the slaves were emancipated. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl, who wakes up to a typical morning, not knowing how the events of the day would change her life forever. All of the slaves were carrying out their daily tasks when news of their freedom maid it through the town and to their plantation. They celebrated that night as free people and woke the next morning to a new reality in which they were unsure of exactly what th ...more
Harvest McCampbell
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The emancipation proclamation, made by President Lincoln on January 1, 1893, set the stage for end of slavery, but it did not instantaneously set all the slaves free. That news did not reach Texas until June 19, 1865; and that is what Juneteenth is all about.

This sensitively illustrated children's book tells the story of that day from a young girl's view; a young girl who started out the day as a slave and was then free.

This book is great addition to a Juneteenth theme. It would make a great co
Maddie Russell
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"All Different Now" is the story of "Juneteenth," or June 19th, the day on which slavery was officially abolished in Texas. While the text itself does not contain much detail surrounding the event, E.B. White's stunning, intricate watercolor illustrations give readers the sense that they themselves were in the log cabins on the morning that Texan slaves learned of their freedom. Additionally, the final pages contain further information about "Juneteenth" for curious readers to explore.

Mady Dailey
1. I made a text to text connection with the book, Fifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. Washington. In All Different Now, the book shows the transition from being an African American slave during the Civil War to becoming a free person. The story follows a young African American girl's perspective of what it felt like and what she witnessed as the slaves became free people. Just like this story, Fifty Cents and a Dream Young Booker T. Washington starts out in the same way, but only following ...more
Angelica Chuklanov
Genre: Picture Book/Historical Fiction

Copyright Date: 2014

A beautiful book about the first day of freedom from slavery. Great book to use for discussion.
Jim Erekson
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very nice example of complementary text and illustrations. While the two modes crossed over into 1-1 correspondence part of the time, the story being told by E.B. Lewis on the whole adds clear narrative elements and character to the story presented in words. Johnson's poetic language could absolutely stand on its own, as could Lewis' storyboard. With the visual and verbal stories put together, it made for a beautiful experience.

Lewis' watercolors are spare and articulate. I noticed his use of
There is something extra special about a book like this that is based on family experiences. As the author explains in an author's note at the end that this story was inspired by a photograph that of her great-grandparents that she saw as a child. When the Civil War is studied, most often the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation is considered the moment when slaves were freed. But many slaves didn't ever hear about that, they were too far away. This is the story of a group of slaves that do ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: multicultural
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom written by, Angela Johnson

Reflection: When the elderly man at the cotton plants started crying, several adults were praying. This reminded me of different situations in the Omaha community where we have prayed as a community. An example would be Officer Orozco’s funeral.

Rationale: I chose this story because it talks about the day freedom came to the last of the slaves in the South. This story is also a good picture book to read aloud to en
Gabrielle Blockton
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Date: March 30th, 2015

Author/Illustrator: Angela Johnson; Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Title: All Different Now – Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Plot: A young slave girl thinks it is just another day on the plantation when she receives the news that will change her young life forever.

Setting: Southern Plantations; Texas

Characters: Various characters; Main Character is the young slave girl

Point-Of-View: First-Person

Theme: Freedom; Slavery; Family; Family Life

Style: Children Non-fictional Pict
This fiction book contains many of the elements of a good non-fiction book. There is a description of Juneteenth, then and now; a list of important dates; key terms; online sources; and author and illustrator notes. While it is a well told story all by itself, there is also a good deal of historical significance to the events described. Unlike some other books about the time of slavery, this book focuses on the ending of slavery and how the people felt to realize that they were free. The text po ...more
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stunning book. Simply stunning. E. B. Lewis never disappoints, but his illustrations seemed especially perfect in this book. His detailed author's note describes how he photographed real people from a small town in SC as the basis for these illustrations. They even dressed in period costumes. The text is not as strong (4 stars), but it works and, in combination with Lewis's illustrations, captures a significant moment in the history of slavery in this country. Juneteenth is still celebrated toda ...more
Sunah Chung
This picture book is about the Juneteenth, the first day of freedom in the South. African American slaves who had worked on a cotton farm in Texas received the news of their emancipation in 1870, as a result of the thirteenth amendment. African American families on the farmland did not know what would happen once they were freed from slavery. They knew they would have a different life after the Juneteenth, which was the first day of freedom.
This historical fiction talks about what it is like t
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