What to Read to the Kids About the 4th of July

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs

Next week American’s celebrate their Independence from Great Britain on the 4th of July. Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, political speeches and ceremonies celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Get the kids in your care in the mood for the holiday by borrowing the books listed below from the library. Also click here to see more children’s books about Independence Day. You can purchase any of the books simply by clicking on the image of the cover or title of the books listed below.


Apple Pie Fourth of July By Janet S. Wong

A Chinese-American girl helps her parents open their small neighborhood grocery store every day of the year. However, today is the Fourth of July and her parents just don’t understand that customers won’t be ordering chow mein and sweet-and-sour pork on this very American holiday. As she spends the day working in the store and watching the local parade, she can’t shake her anxiety about her parents’ naivity. When evening arrives along with hungry customers looking “for some Chinese food to go,” she is surprised but obviously proud that her parents were right after all: Americans do eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July. Nighttime finds the family atop their roof enjoying fireworks and sharing a neighbor’s apple pie.

Hooray for the Fourth of July By Wendy Watson

Author and illustrator Wendy Watson celebrates Independence Day in America with this cheerful book for preschoolers and early readers. Tracking a family through their summer holiday, Watson begins, “Crack! Pop! Snap! Wake up, everybody–today is the Fourth of July. It’s America’s birthday!” The next pages proclaim, “Everything is red, white, and blue, even breakfast,” and the lively illustration’s accompanying verse reads, “Strawberry, blueberry, cream of tartum, tell me the initials of your sweetheartum!” Young children will enjoy the silly, often quirky traditional poems and songs, as well as the colorful, cartoonish depictions of a small-town family’s Fourth of July romp.


The Case of the July 4th Jinx By Lewis B. Montgomery

It’s the Fourth of July fair! There are fireworks, parades, pies, games . . . and a jinx? When everything starts going wrong, Milo and Jazz must find out: is it really a jinx–or is it sabotage? With the help of their pen pal, private eye Dash Marlowe, the main characters of the book, Milo and Jazz, discover why everything seems to be going wrong at the 4th of July fair. The story is simple, and children will enjoy solving the mystery. Black-and-white spot art appears frequently throughout, creating a text that will not intimidate children just starting to read chapter books.


Hooray for the 4th of July: By Rick Brown

Whoopee—it’s a 4th of July parade! Kids will happily join the celebration as marching feet keep the beat, big brass bands pass the stands, and decorated floats roll along. Rick Brown’s art makes everything look grand, from the fife and drum players to the flags flying high.

For more children’s books about independence day click here.

Stop by next Saturday for another Weekly Trip to the Library for nannies and au pairs.

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