I don’t know about you, but we were always reading in the summer. Even though we took a break from formal homeschooling, we still learned. Why not learn more about Flag Day, 4th of July (Independence Day) by reading patriotic books the next few weeks?
Even if you don’t have time to read these books this week (before Flag Day on Saturday, June 14th), you can read them before Independence Day, July 4th. If you see star below the book, be sure to look for the FREE activities with each book.
Making this list brought back fond memories of reading these books with my kids. I hope your family enjoys them, also.
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You probably guessed it – I love all Peter Spier books. Last week’s post about Bored, Nothing to Do introduces you to the first Spier book our family ever read. After that, we enjoyed Noah’s Ark , Circus, People, Christmas & Rain. If you want our 206 Fun Summer Activities for Kids, you can find them by clicking here.
This info-packed story of our national anthem includes illustrated lyrics; the fascinating history of the War of 1812 and the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words; musical notation; historical photographs; plus a reproduction of Key’s original manuscript.
Mr. Spier also wrote about the Constitution of the United States in We the People, another excellent book to read around 4th of July. It’s a stirring American tale of how this most important document came to symbolize freedom, justice, equality, and hope for all citizens.
Spier’s book includes an illustrated preamble to the Constitution, illuminating its significance from its birth through to modern times; the fascinating history of the struggle to create and ratify the Constitution; a historical reproduction of the original document; plus the complete text of the Constitution.
Folk art paintings illustrate the life of Betsy Ross. Simple story for kids to follow. Also includes information about conflicting information about Betsy Ross, as the original flag maker.
*** FREE lessons & activities for kids about Betsy Ross
*** FREE lesson: Betsy Ross: Truth of Fiction?
*** FREE lesson plans about Betsy Ross (scroll down)
My kids enjoyed reading the Childhood of Famous Americans series when they were 8-12 years old. If you have kids at this age, they may enjoy the book about Betsy Ross’ childhood in Betsy Ross, Designer of Our Flag.
*** Another page with Betsy Ross activities for kids
Not only will your kids learn about the American flag, they’ll also be introduced to alliteration & the alphabet.
*** Flag Day Activities for Kids
*** If you want to tie together the letter F with flags, here are many Flag Day activities for kids, especially young ones.
Alice Dalgliesh is an awesome author & makes history come alive in all her books. I was introduced to her our first year of homeschooling when we read The Bears of Hemlock Mountain and The Courage of Sarah Noble. If your family hasn’t read either of these books (& you have elementary age kids), be sure to put them on next year’s reading list.
In The 4th of July Story, the characters of the American Revolution come to life: Patrick Henry speaks, George Washington leads; Thomas Jefferson writes; John Adams instructs; Benjamin Franklin teases; John Hancock signs. Across America, townsmen and frontier settlers and slave holders and free men hear the news about liberty and react to it.
One mom says, I found my children (including myself) absorbed in the book wanting to keep reading more. I had checked this book out from the library but decided I needed this great resource in our home library so ordered it.
I found this book in our local bookstore and had to flip through it. I love it!
America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish.
A is for America,
the land that we love.
B is for the Birthday
of this country of ours….
To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney’s words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people.
This book is written so that it can be read to a 4 year old or a 10 year old. There is as little or as much information as the age requires. It also evokes curiosity in children.
If you have an early reader, this is a good book for them to read independently. Your young reader will learn much about the history of the American flag and how it didn’t always look the way it is today.
Another book for beginning readers about Flag Day. Flag Day provides a short and easy-to-understand version without dumbing it down too much.
Another of my favorite authors. I seem to always find a good book by Steven Kroll when I’m looking for a specific holiday. And this is another MUST read
As one mom says, at 9 & 12 years old, my kids don’t “need” to learn from picture books, but when the book is this good, why not? The marvelous watercolors drew us into the story, the engaging narrative kept us there and, with the accompanying notes, told us all we needed to know about this event in our country’s history. It is worthy of a place on my shelf and is a book I wish I’d bought long ago.
Jean Fritz has some terrific patriotic books for kids. You’re kids will learn American history, while enjoying the story. They won’t even know they are learning. Some of our favorites to read for Flag Day & 4th of July include early American history books.
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Shhh, We’re Writing the Constitution
*** FREE printables about the Constitution
**** To reinforce parts of speech, have your child read the Constitution and circle all nouns, underline verbs and so forth.
Our Patriotic Holidays Unit Study is a fun way to encourage learning more about the 4th of July. You’ll receive books to read, videos to watch, activities to enjoy and snacks to eat. All based on Independence Day.
In addition to 4th of July, there are units for Flag Day and Election Day. Click here to read more about Patriotic Holidays Unit Study.
Question: Please share your favorite patriotic books for kids . . . and any activities for kids that you have, especially for Flag Day & 4th of July. You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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