5 Books for the 4th of July

4th of July is typically spent outside, grilling hot dogs or burgers and splashing in the pool. Most don't think of reading 4th of July books, but this is our national holiday. Our kids should understand the importance of this holiday.

In the weeks leading up to the 4th of July, I take time to read a few books with my kids. We learn about why this holiday is important for our nation. 

5 Books about the 4th of July

1. George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides

Written by Rosalyn Schanzer, George vs. George is meant for 3rd-grade students and above. It shows both sides of the Revolutionary War and the main parties involved. Kids love funny, interesting illustrations inside of the book. 

2. Those Rebels, John and Tom

Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham wrote this book, and it's a favorite. The book shows the differences between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, along with their dynamic relationship. Those Rebels details how these two men put aside their differences for a common goal to build on the ideals of liberty. 

3. Paul Revere's Ride

This book has been a favorite for years. The poem is pretty accurate, so your children learn the history behind Paul Revere's ride. Longfellow and Rand, the two authors, created awesome illustrations that kids love. Some parents say that they love to re-enact the poem with their kids.  

4. Apple Pie Fourth of July

Janet Wonga and Margaret Chodoslrvine explore the American experience from a different angle. A young, Chinese girl tries to convince her family that selling Chinese food at a local festival on an American holiday. Does anyone exactly want Chinese food on the 4th of July? 

5. That Flag Maker

Written by Susan Bartoletti and Claire Nivola, That Flag Maker is a story inspired by Francis Scott Key who wrote "The Star Spangled Banner." This book looks at the making of and history of the most famous American flags. 

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