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Our Favorite 4th of July Books for Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Book List for the 4th of July

This is the first time that I have done a list of 4th of July books. I don’t usually make a big deal about reading about the July 4th because it seems like a general “it’s our country’s birthday party” is enough of an explanation for young children. Plus, we usually are outdoors at this time of year and not doing much reading. This year, however, it seems more important that we are teaching our children about the history of our country and the ideals that it was founded on. So, here are the books that we settled on.
The 4th of July Story – What happened on the Fourth of July long before there were fireworks and parades? Alice Dalgliesh takes young readers back to revolutionary times, back to the colonists’ desire for freedom and the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Simple text captures the excitement of the era, telling how word of Independence traveled up and down the thirteen colonies, touching the lives of everyday people throughout the land.
A Is for America: A Patriotic Alphabet Book – Little ones will love learning American history in Tanya Lee Stone’s latest alphabet book. Rhyming couplets that flow through the alphabet help kids celebrate everything from the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson and Harriet Tubman!
America : A Patriotic Primer – 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 A to Z of America frames the story — and the miracle — of our country.
Apple Pie Fourth of July – Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an 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 surprising lesson.
The Case of the July 4th Jinx – In this installment in the series, Milo and Jazz, with the help of their pen pal, private eye Dash Marlowe, discover why everything seems to be going wrong at the 4th of July fair. Weird things happen left and right, like the Hottest Chili Pepper contest entries disappearing. Is it sabotage or just a series of unfortunate accidents? 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.
Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols – 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.
Fourth of July Mice! (Green Light Readers Level 1) – Hooray! It’s the Fourth of July, and the parade is ready to start! The Holiday Mice lead the way to a day full of nonstop fun, including a picnic, a baseball game, a sack race, and a splashy-sploshy dip in the stream. The best part comes at the end of the day when fireworks go BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Level 1 beginners will delight in the wordplay, rhyme, and repetition. Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!
Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck – Grandma has run the town’s garbage business, and her three sons drive the trucks. But what happens when her sons are all too sick to work-and it’s the 4th of July, the day of the Big Parade? Leave it to Grandma to get the town clean, with the help of her young grandson, Billy, as she embarks on a hilarious romp through town-and creates nearly as much mess as she cleans up.
Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! – It’s the 4th of July and all over town, people are getting ready. Jenny Sweeney gives her dog, Rags, a bath. All the preparations lead up to the big parade and a night of bright fireworks. It’s a great day. “Happy Birthday, USA!”
I’m Your Flag So Please Treat Me Right is a story told by the American flag. It explains through the eyes of our flag what the red, white and blue stand for, and what the flag means to all Americans. I stand for freedom when I wave in the air, so proud of my stars and stripes. Whenever you see me, please show that you care. I’m your flag so please treat me right! I m lucky to have you and you’re lucky to have me. The things that I stand for are why you are free. Be proud when you see my red, white and blue. When I wave in the air…I’m waving for YOU! I didn’t always look like this. When I was younger, I looked different. This delightful, historical and colorful story will help people of all ages better understand the value of our beautiful flag.
Independence Day – A non-fiction reader about the 4th of July.
The Night Before the Fourth of July – It’s the night before the Fourth of July and all across the United States people are getting ready for hot dogs and fireworks. Decked in red, white, and blue, a family heads to a parade, hosts a backyard BBQ with friends and family, dodges an afternoon thundershower, and of course, watches a fireworks show. The Night Before the Fourth of July captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!
O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, And Important Words – Now in paperback, this celebration of twenty of America’s important places, interesting objects, and inspiring words is for the youngest Americans. Including Plymouth Rock, the White House, the flag, the bald eagle, and many more, this book draws kids in with its big, two-page spreads and fun, bright pastels and satisfies their curiosities about America’s most prominent symbols.
Red, White, and Boom! – Fireflies flit, Sparklers spit, Pinwheels spin, Goosebump skin – It’s the Fourth of July! Travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America’s birthday BOOM!
The Story of America’s Birthday – This little book presents the story of the founding of America in words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. Vibrant illustrations paired with the text help to create the connection between the story of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution and today’s Fourth of July festivities. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the history and meaning behind Independence Day.
What Is the 4th of July? – Celebrate our nation’s birthday! Learn about the 4th of July and its symbols and traditions in this fun and easy-to-read book. Enjoy a hands-on activity, too!

July 4th, 1776 was the original Independence Day, when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Kids can learn all about the Declaration of Independence with the following non-fiction books.

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Do you read any books to commemorate 4th of July? Do you have any other traditions besides going to see fireworks? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

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