10 Books to Celebrate the 4th of July
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It’s the 4th of July, Independence Day! The birthday of the United States! Complete with fireworks, beach picnics, hikes, barbeques and….BOOKS!
This list of 10 picture books celebrates this great country we live in through words, pictures, poetry and imagination. Grab a blanket, ice-cold lemonade and your amazing little readers and give 3 cheers for the USA!
1. My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States (Lee Bennett Hopkins & Stephen Alcorn; 2000)
Amazing original artwork brings the words to life in a collection of poems celebrating all of the regions of the United States. Maps and state facts included help to give reference to each poetic section.
2. Little Miss Liberty (Chris Robertson; 2005)
Little Miss Liberty has a special story in this fun picture book. From the day she is ‘born’, everyone knows she’s different. A clever story about being your own person, being independent and finding a place to call home will have you cheering for this American icon as she finds her way!
3. You Can’t Take a Balloon into the National Gallery (Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman & Robin Preiss Glassner; 2000)
A clever wordless picture book that shares the journey of two children and a balloon as they travel through the National Gallery and Washington DC. Each page shows art, landmarks and institutions in our nation’s capital. Kids will love tracking the balloon through the pages rich with history and art.
4. The Scrambled States of America (Laurie Keller; 1998)
The states are bored. They are so bored they decide to switch spots. What ensues is a comical story of geography—will the states like their new homes??
5. The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History (Jennifer Armstrong & Roger Roth; 2006)
Full color illustrations and stories of both the triumphs and tragedies that shaped our nation; this book is a great way to introduce the history of the United States!
6. We The Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States (David Catrow; 2005)
Using watercolor pictures and the text of the Preamble, David Catrow explains the language of one of our great historical documents in a way kids can understand!
7. The Flag Maker (Susan Campbell Bartoletti & Claire Nivola; 2007)
A little girl and her family bring life to this tale of our famous flag in this fictional account (with historical facts mixed in) of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore inspiring the Star Spangled Banner!
8. “A” is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women (Lynne Cheney & Robin Preiss Glassner; 2003)
“A is for Abigail Adams, who knew that women should be heard”; “D” is for Emily Dickinson; “K” is for Mary Kies and other inventors and entrepreneurs; “E” is for the Educators, the women who taught us well.” Politicians, writers, scientists, artists, athletes, mathematicians and more are featured in the pages of the book celebrating American Women!
9. Red, White and Boom! (Lee Wardlaw & Huy Voun Lee; 2012)
Travel across the country through charming illustrations sharing in all of the things that Americans do during this great birthday celebration!
10. The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence (Judith St. George & Will Hillenbrand; 2014)
A wonderfully illustrated story of the resilience of this amazing document. The Declaration has survived harrowing adventures that sound as if they were made for movies! No boring history here!
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