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Fourth of July Books for Kids

Description: Celebrate this 4th of July with fireworks, flags, and the Founding Fathers! From the well-known George Washington and John Adams, to Sybil Ludington’s midnight ride, this collection of books brings history and festivity to kids of all ages. #kids

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Apple Pie Fourth Of July

by Janet S. Wong

No one wants Chinese food on the Fourth of July, I say. We're in apple-pie America, and my parents are cooking chow mein!. . . They just don't get it. Americans do not eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July. Right? Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on this all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese-American girl tries to tell her mother and father how things really are. But as the parade passes by and fireworks light the sky, she learns a lesson of her own. This award-winning author-illustrator team returns with a lighthearted look at the very American experience of mixed cultures.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Bald Eagle

by Hal Marcovitz

In the early days of American independence, government leaders tried to identify an animal that would represent the new nation. They settled on the bald eagle, a proud raptor that fiercely defends its nest and its family. The eagle has been used to represent government power since the time of the Roman Empire. In 1787 the bald eagle was officially adopted as the emblem of the United States. The eagle is often shown holding an olive branch (representing peace) and arrows (representing war) in its talons. Today the bald eagle remains a living symbol of American strength and values.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

by Jean Fritz

A biography of George the Third, King of Great Britain, at the time of the American Revolution.

Date Added: 06/25/2019


by Laurie Halse Anderson

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom.

Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel.

When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Date Added: 06/25/2019

The Declaration of Independence

by Elaine Landau

Inside this book you will find out information about the Declaration of Independence including the risks people tool to sign it, time lines associated with it, as well as some fun facts.

Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers. A True Book -- American History: How do you wrap a 450,000-pound gift? What is the world's oldest and shortest written consitution? Find out in this patriotic celebration of things uniquely American.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Fantastic Fireworks

by Liz Huyck

Have you ever wondered how fireworks work? This article gives you information about how these spectacular shows are created.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Fireworks at the FBI

by Ron Roy

KC and her friend Marshall are watching the fourth of July fireworks with the president of the United States when they see smoke and sparks in the distance. It's more fireworks, but they are not part of the holiday plan. They're coming from the FBI Building! Is it just a prank? Or are these fireworks masking a bigger mystery . . . and a capital crime? From the Trade Paperback edition.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Fireworks, Picnics and Flags

by James 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.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Five 4ths of July

by Pat Hughes

On July 4th, 1777, Jake Mallory and his friends are celebrating their new nation's independence in a small coastal town in Connecticut. Fourteen year old Jake wants nothing more than to get out from under the strict thumb of his father and see some adventure. But he learns too late that he must be careful what he wishes for. Over the course of four more 4ths, he finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances-from battling the British army to barely surviving on a prison ship to finally returning home, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for his and America's future.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Fourth of July

by Barbara M. Joosse

Five-year-old Ross is often told "wait until you are six," but when he carries a banner to the end of a long, hot Fourth of July parade, his parents decide that he is old enough for sparklers after all.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Fourth of July Mice!

by Doug Cushman and Bethany Roberts

It's the most patriotic of all holidays-Independence Day! The Holiday Mice take part in all the activities that make the Fourth of July fun: a parade, a picnic, a baseball game and sack race, and a refreshing dip in the stream. Even Mr. Mouse, the littlest mouse's special toy, joins in the festivities. The best part of all comes at the end of the day: a spectacular fireworks show!Packed with plenty of red, white, and blue and featuring the four Holiday Mice at their most adorable, this story about our nation's birthday will delight readers young and old alike.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

The Good Fight

by Anne Quirk and Elizabeth Baddeley

Can’t get enough of Hamilton? Think the British were the only ones we squabbled with during the Revolutionary War? Think again! A unique look at how the founding fathers settled their differences in their quest to settle a nation. The Revolutionary War was full of bloody battles and broken treaties. But it wasn’t just about the colonies fighting the crown. In the 18th century, it seemed that everyone was at war with each other—including the very people who were supposedly leading us on a path to independence! Don’t miss out on a ringside seat for these fascinating bouts: • Benjamin Franklin’s son William was once jailed on accusations of being a traitor . . . and Ben didn’t even visit him. • Thomas Jefferson quit his job as secretary of state because his archrival, Alexander Hamilton, started the national bank. • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day. Could it have been mutual exhaustion after years of disagreement? George Washington vs. King George. Benjamin Franklin vs. his son William. John Adams vs. Thomas Jefferson. Alexander Hamilton vs. everyone! Join historian Anne Quirk and illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley as they referee four fascinating historical throw-downs between the founding fathers . . . and prove that the United States of America is a place worth fighting for.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Hats Off for the Fourth of July!

by Harriet Ziefert

Spectators wait to see what will come next as they watch the town's Fourth of July parade.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.

by Marjorie Priceman

IN THIS EXUBERANT companion story to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, our young baker sets her sights on a cherry pie. She heads off on a round-the-U.S.A. journey to find all the materials she needs to stock her kitchen: New Mexico for clay (mixing bowl), Washington for wood (rolling pin), Hawaii for sand (sand? to make the glass for her measuring cup, of course). In joyful art filled with small vignettes and sly humor, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman takes us on a cross country journey by riverboat, taxi, bus, train, plane--all in search of the natural resources of our country. Includes a brightly painted endpaper map of the U.S.A.--and a recipe for cherry pie, of course!

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Independence Day (Holidays, Festivals, & Celebrations)

by Ann Heinrichs

Fireworks, parades, and picnics are just a few of the ways Americans commemorate their freedom every July. Colorful photos and engaging text tell the story of our struggle for independence from Great Britain.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

A Is for America

by Devin Scillian

The author of the charming fable "Fibblestax" includes a rhyming poem for each letter of the alphabet and informational text about the United States.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

I, Too, Am America

by Langston Hughes and Bryan Collier

Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality. This picture book of Langston Hughes's celebrated poem, "I, Too, Am America," is also a Common Core Text Exemplar for Poetry. Image descriptions present.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Jellybeans

by Heather French Henry

Claire learns from Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers that the Fourth of July is more than just fireworks, it's the celebration of our freedoms.

Date Added: 06/06/2018

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

by Christopher Bing and Henry Longfellow

In his magnificent interpretation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellows poem, Christopher Bing seamlessly weaves history and imagination into a rich portrait of an American hero. A meticulous researcher, Bing includes material that provides texture to history, maps that follow the British campaign to quell the rebellious citizenry, as well as the patriots ride into the Massachusetts night of April, 1775. Documents firmly affixed into the book, including the British generals orders to his troops and Reveres own deposition relating the events, give the reader not only a visual experience but a tactile one as well. Far more than a brilliantly presented history lesson, this book represents a tour de force of coherent artistic vision. In an extraordinary series of rich and moody engravings, from the mysteriously shimmering rigging of the British sloop, The Somerset, looming in a moonlit Boston harbor to the taut urgency of a man and his horse galloping at a combustible moment in the American experience, this book illuminates our country's past unlike any other.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Murder on the Fourth of July

by Carolyn Keene

AMERICA'S TOP TEEN DETECTIVES TEAM UP TO DEFUSE A BOMBSHELL MURDER CASE NANCY DREW is in Seattle to join in a weekend celebration of the Orca Odyssey, a whale-saving campaign. But the celebration is short-lived. Nancy has learned that the group itself is in danger of extinction. The reason: A major fund-raiser, businessman Ian O'Brien, has been accused of murder! Convinced O'Brien has been framed, Nancy begins her own investigation...with the businessman's future and a potential million-dollar donation at stake. Meanwhile... FRANK and JOE HARDY have just arrived in Seattle from Bayport. They've come at the request of a fireworks manufacturer preparing the city's Fourth of July exhibition: A saboteur has targeted the stage for an Independence Day disaster. Although Nancy and the Hardys may be working different cases, they seem to be working with the same evidence. Is the sabotage connected to the murder? As explosive as the question may be, the fireworks are just beginning... in MURDER ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

Date Added: 06/06/2018

Olivia Forms a Band

by Ian Falconer and Dame Edna

Everyone's favorite Caldecott Honor-winning porcine diva is back, and with fanfare! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But when she finds out that there isn't going to be a band, she can't understand why not. How can there be fireworks without a band?! And so Olivia sets to putting a band together herself...all by herself. Using pots, pans, her brother's toys, and even her father's suspenders, Olivia forms a band spectacular enough to startle any audience. Lavishly brought to life in Ian Falconer's signature style, and introducing an eye-catching shade of blue, here is Olivia doing what Olivia does best -- making noise.

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Date Added: 06/25/2019

Pooh and the Storm That Sparkled

by Isabel Gaines

Pooh sees strange lights flashing in the sky and thinks there is a big storm approaching. He and Piglet go to warn their friends, and discover they're all on the Great Hill -- right where the storm is!

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution

by Jean Fritz

Go behind the scenes at the Constitutional Convention, thanks to award-winning author Jean Fritz's words!

This factual gem that's written with Newbery Honor author Jean Fritz's humorous touch chronicles the hot summer of 1787 where fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled together in the strictest secrecy in Philadelphia to draw up the constitution of the United States!

Date Added: 06/25/2019

Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride

by Marsha Amstel

The story of Sybil Ludington's ride on horseback to rouse American soldiers to fight against the British who were attacking Danbury, Connecticut during the American Revolution.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

They Called Her Molly Pitcher

by Anne F. Rockwell

The rousing true tale of an American Revolution heroine. When her husband joined General Washington’s army, Molly Hays went with him. All through the winter at Valley Forge, Molly watched and listened.

Then in July, in the battle at Monmouth, she would show how much she had learned. Molly could tell the day would be a scorcher, so she decided to bring water from a nearby spring to the fighting men. More than 50 British soldiers would die of heatstroke that day, but the American soldiers need only cry, “Molly–pitcher!” On one trip through the fighting field, she saw her husband get shot. She satisfied herself that he wouldn’t die from his wound, then took over his job–firing off the cannon! Molly epitomized the feisty, self-reliant spirit of the colonists who would soon win their battle for independence–and her story has rightly become a beloved legend of American history. From the Hardcover edition.

Date Added: 06/25/2019

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