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The Fourth of July is hands down everyone’s favorite Summer holiday! It’s a time to relax, snack on our favorite summer time food, and enjoy the local parade or fireworks display. It is also a time to reflect on our history, and for us to recognize the reasons that we can enjoy these fun activities.
It is not, however, a subject that is easy to find children’s books on. A couple of my favorite series didn’t disappoint though, so here is my list of books to get your young readers ready for your Fourth of July celebrations.
Fourth of July Books for Preschoolers
The Night Before the Fourth of July – Natasha Wing
Natasha Wing didn’t let me down so she had to be first on our list! Her Night Before series is filled with the cutest illustrations and completely captured the holiday celebrations. The family is decked out in red, white and blue as they participate in a parade, cookout and fireworks display.
The Berestain Bears God Bless Our Country – Mike Berestain
Mike Berestain and the Bear family came through for us too! The cubs celebrate the holiday with a town parade and, or course, a lesson in freedom and pride from Mama and Papa Bear. Our book came with some fun stickers too!
Corduroy’s Fourth of July – Don Freeman
Your youngest readers will enjoy a Fourth of July celebrations with the friendly Corduroy Bear. This board book showcases all the standard celebrations of the fourth including parades, cookouts and fireworks.
F is for Flag – Wendy Cheyette Lewison
F is for Flag is a very simple book that focuses on not the Fourth of July, but on our beautiful flag. This was a good one for us. My girls think the American Flag means it’s the Fourth of July whenever they see it. Now they understand a little more about the flag, it’s meaning, and how the flag is a symbol for more than just a holiday.
The Story of America’s Birthday – Patricia Pingry
This is a great book to introduce our country’s birthday to your youngest readers, including the Declaration of Independence and America’s Revolution. The information provided in this books is super simple terms even toddlers can handle.
The Story of the Star Spangled Banner – Patricia Pingry
Patricia Pingry took the same simple text from our last pick to explain the history behind our National Anthem. Children also learn some basic flag manners and the words to America’s favorite song.
Although, books about the Fourth of July aren’t easy to find, we did manage to find some good ones. I love to mix my girls’ favorite characters in with learning about something important like America’s freedom. I hope they learned something from it, and they have a better understanding behind the holiday, but I’m sure their favorite part is still the candy from our town’s parade!
Happy Fourth of July!