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As we enjoy this time off during the summer, we are in the midst of a very important holiday. A lot of people think of the Fourth of July as a great time to have a barbeque, but it is also a time for all of us to honor the many sacrifices carried out to make the United States of America a free country. Fireworks will ring through the air to celebrate our country’s independence. Here are some books that will definitely interest your kids during this time of remembrance and celebration.
My first patriotic pick for young readers is America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates. This beautiful picture book will entrance young readers while they learn one of the most famous songs about the U.S. Young readers can also discover famous landmarks across our country with their favorite big red dog in Clifford Sees America by Norman Bridwell. Finally, In 1776 by Jean Marzollo will help young readers understand that the Fourth of July is more than just fireworks and hot dogs.
My fourth graders can’t get enough of The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelson and Let’s Call It America! Meet Our Founding Fathers by Gare Thompson. They love the interesting and fun facts while learning about our country’s earliest leaders and what makes each state so unique. The state-by-state guide could also make for a fun trivia game during summer road trips.
America at War is a great eBook series for advanced readers. Older students can learn more about why members of our armed forces are so important by understanding more about the Vietnam War, World War II, and the Civil War.
While enjoying some time off from school and work, take time to also enjoy these books about our country and the brave men and women who protect us and our freedoms. Happy reading!
Author Bio: Laura Murray is a fourth grade teacher in Paramus, New Jersey. This is her second year using Storia in her classroom and at home with her daughter, and she loves it!
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