The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. When I was growing up, it meant picnics with family and friends, swimming in the lake, and lighting fireworks. And for my kids, it’s still a special time for eating watermelon and setting off firecrackers. But even more importantly, it’s a time to remember our heritage, a time to treasure our freedom, a time to reflect as a family on all that it means to be an American.
There are a lot of great books about the 4th. If you’re looking for some to share with your children, check these out:
America the Beautiful by Katherine Bates and Wendell Minor
America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser
A is for America by Devin Scillian and Pam Carroll
Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Giblin and Ursula Arndt.
Looking for Uncle Louie On the Fourth of July by Kathy Whitehead and Pablo Torrecilla.
Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts
Independence Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! by Leslie Kimmelman and Nancy Cote
Fourth of July Fireworks (Our Holiday Symbols) by Patrick Merrick
Fireworks and Freedom: A Fourth of July Story and Activity Book by Carol Amato and Ann Koffsky
Hurray for the 4th of July by Wendy Watson
America Is…by Louise Borden and Stacey Shuett
American Patriotism by Kerry Patton, Kathleen Hawkins, Rachel Simmons and Paul Vallely
Patriotism (Character Education) by Lucia Raatma
The American Patriot’s Almanac: Daily Readings on America by William Bennett and John Cribb
How to Raise and American Patriot: Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American by Marijo Tinlin
How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country by Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston.
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