Children’s Books About the 4th of July

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

The thirteen colonies unite in the desire for independence. They select Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. The news carried of independence across the colonial settlements. A great read aloud for younger children.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Cross Giblin

This spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July and tells how they have come to be associated with the holiday. It will make the Fourth of July more meaningful for readers young and old. James Cross Giblin is an editor of children’s books who also writes for children. He edited the Clarion holiday series started by the late Edna Barth. Ursula Arndt brings to this book the same delightful style she employed as illustrator of the six Barth holiday books. This title, along with all of Edna Barth’s classic holiday books, is now being reissued with a fresh, new jacket design and fun activities inside the paperback covers.

America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates

This book offers beautiful illustrations to accompany the Bate’s song of “America, the Beautiful.” There are wonderful images of the Statue of Liberty, Pike’s Peak, immigrants, the Apollo II, the firemen of Sept. 11th, and the WWII Tuskegee Airmen. There are wonderfully colorful and powerful illustrations! Enjoy the refreshing and unique interpretations of each phrase.

Hats Off for the Fourth of JulyEdit by Harriet Ziefert

This book captures the essence of small town Fourth of July celebrations everywhere – from a plane trail advertising banner, Uncle Sam on stilts, the Little League, the High School Band, the baton twirler, the beauty queen winner, and the final fireworks display through short sentences, repetition and rhyme. Both text and art show the movement of the day.

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