I don’t know about you guys but I had SUCH a hard time finding books pertaining to America’s Birthday. I hunted all over the place for a book through which I could introduce my son to the Fourth of July. Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but it was hard to find something!
This year I was positively delighted to find not ONE, but THREE books from Ideals Books. Here they are, in no particular order.
Where is the best place to start? How ’bout at the very beginning? Story of America’s Birthday tells the young reader that at one point in time, in place of 50 states there were 13 colonies. It introduces the idea that the colonist were not free, but had to pay taxes to the king of England “The colonist did not like to pay taxes to the king. One July 4, 1776, leaders from the colonies met. One of the leaders, Thomas Jefferson, wrote the “Declaration of Independence” that declared America to be free. It briefly hits on the idea that America fought a war against England and eventually gained its freedom and therefore we celebrate our country and our freedom every year on the fourth of July.
Next up is The Story of the Star Spangled Banner which, to refresh your memory, was born when America was once again at war with England. (This almost boggles the mind these days, doesn’t it?) This book generically describes the battle of Fort McHenry, and mentions that Frances Scott Key was a witness to this battle. It explains how the battle raged all night and Key prayed for his country. In the morning light, he saw his country’s flag waving in the distance and he wrote a poem to express his feelings. This poem, of course, became our country’s national anthem. At the back of the book, the lyrics are included for easy reference and for you to warble off key with. (Your children will be ever so grateful! Heh.)
Lastly, in keeping with the theme of America’s Indepdence and freedom, you might also want to look into The Story of the Statue of Liberty. It reads as follows:
“Long ago, France helped America win the Revolutionary War and become a free country. The two countries became good friends. Almost a hundred years later, in 1865, a French sulptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was asked to design a really big gift for France to give to America.”
The book talks about how the statute had to be built in piece, was original brown in color but turned green with time. This is an awesome and quick explanation of one of America’s greatest gifts and treasures. I absolutely loved this book.
But then again, I absolutely loved all of these titles as they are so helpful in sharing the reason behind celebrating the Fourth of July to my preschool aged child.
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Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.