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11 4th of July Books for Kids

11 4th of July Books for Kids

These 4th of July books for kids will get the whole family in a patriotic mood.

Your family’s 4th of July celebrations may look a little different this year with fewer options to choose from on account of the ongoing pandemic. So why not set aside some time during the long weekend to start your own story time tradition? A big blanket, some red, white, and blue snacks, and any of these great children’s 4th of July books about Independence Day and American history are sure to put you all in the patriotic spirit. And—good news—there will still be fireworks this year!

4th of July Books for Ages 3-5

A is for America by Tanya Lee Stone

Introduce your preschooler to important pieces of American history as you explore the alphabet. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and Harriet Tubman. These new ideas to preschoolers are playfully presented in rhyming couplets and colorful illustrations.

Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard

An Independence Day picnic is the setting for this sweet story on the value of sharing. Many lessons, big and small, can be gleaned from its pages full of a diversity of Americans.

What Is America? by Michelle Medlock Adams

Preschoolers and early elementary school children will delight at the sweet and simple rhymes in this cheerfully illustrated board book. From the American flag to the Statue of Liberty, this book presents a collection of ideas, values, symbols, celebrations, and monuments that combine to capture some of what is special about our country. The drawings depict many scenes that are familiar to small children and also show kids of all ethnicities.

4th of July Books for Ages 5-8 

The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia Pingry

The 4th of July is about more than picnics and fireworks and parades, and this beautiful board book introduces the meaning and the history behind Independence Day in a way that even toddlers can grasp.

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong

Families will appreciate one young girl’s eye-opening but lighthearted experience of being raised in mixed cultures during an American holiday.

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman

Kids as young as kindergarten can travel throughout the United States by riverboat, taxi, train, and airplane with a young baker and her dog on this literary journey to find some of our country’s wonderful natural resources. Discover cotton, coal, clay, and granite -- all in the name of baking a delicious cherry pie at the end.

Lady Liberty’s Holiday by Jen Arena

After more than 100 years of welcoming people to America, The Statue of Liberty is ready for her own adventure. In this picture book for ages 5-8, Lady Liberty takes off for the golden wheat fields of Kansas, the jaw-dropping vistas of the Grand Canyon, the blustery beaches of Cape Cod, and some California sunshine. And she even makes it back to NYC for the 4th of July fireworks!

The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh

A little lesson in American history awaits kids ages 4-8, along with beautiful and classically inspired illustrations. This important picture book centered around America’s birthday delves right into revolutionary times and the fight for independence.

Leave It to Abigail! by Barb Rosenstock

One of America’s most formidable founding mothers, Abigail Adams led a revolutionary life unlike most women of her time. Kids will discover her bold personality, her involvement in the Revolutionary War, and her important role as First Lady of the United States.

What Does It Mean To Be American? by Rana DiOrio and Elad Yoran

A great conversation-starting book to read with your children this holiday, What Does It Mean To Be American? touches upon the all-important values of freedom, equality, hard work, and kindness while sharing messages of multiculturalism.

Fourth Of July Activity Book for Patriotic Kids by Steven and Georgia Barber

Give your kiddos something extra to do this 4th of July weekend with this all-American activity book! It’s packed with puzzles, mazes, crosswords, coloring pages, and more. A great option for time spent indoors or in the shade of a backyard tree.

4th of July Books for Ages 7-11

100 Questions About Colonial America by Simon Abbott

Looking for a deeper dive into colonial America? Kids will learn about so much more than the Declaration of Independence in this fully illustrated primer on important events, people, and ideas from our nation’s beginnings. It’s loaded with facts, figures, and jokes that will capture the imagination of young history buffs in the making.




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