Books for Kids About the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is an important holiday in America. It's America's birthday and we celebrate it by having picnics, going to parades, and watching fireworks. But for many people, the Fourth of July represents more than the birth of a nation. It also represents the birth of liberty - and not just for American colonists who sought independence from England. The Declaration of Independence is a document that was the first to claim that the rights of men come from God or nature, and not from the generosity of government. It's never too early to help your child understand the importance of American Independence Day.

The Story of America's Birthday

The Story of America's Birthday
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Children can get caught up in the fun we can have on the Fourth of July. Food cooked outdoors, outdoor games, parades, and fireworks - everything that makes family time fun on this holiday. Even the youngest child can learn about the holiday, though, and this board book is a great way to get kids started. The meaning of the customs and traditions on this holiday and the history behind them are explained in simple terms and pictures that young children will understand and enjoy.
Ages 2 and up

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The Fourth of July Story

The Fourth of July Story
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The history behind Independence Day is presented in story form, starting with the ringing of the Liberty Bell on the fourth of July after the vote for independence from England. Children learn the reasons the colonists wanted their independence and then learn about Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence. From there children learn how the news about the declaration spread throughout the colonies. Some of the scenes are certainly fictional, but they just as certainly represent what must have happened as riders spread the word. All the important figures from the time have a role in the story: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, and George Washington.
Ages 4 and up

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence
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This book has ample information about the Declaration of Independence and what led to it. It also provides some context for the times and for the American Constitution. It starts with the question of why the colonists were unhappy, and then discusses the debate over whether to break with England. Not everything thought the colonies should but those ties. There is also a section that discusses the Declaration of Independence itself -- "What's all the fuss about?" That is an important question to ask, with a very significant answer. Children will find some interesting facts, like the kind of schools ​children attended at the time and the importance of the Boston Harbor. This is an excellent book for curious minds.
Ages 7 and up

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The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence
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When most of us think about the Declaration of Independence, we might picture the copies of it we've seen in museums or photos of it we've seen in books. If we are lucky, we were able to see the real deal displayed in The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in Washington, D.C. Where was it before it found its home in the Rotunda? It wasn't always in Washington. It has gotten around quite a bit, taken to secret places in times of war to keep it hidden and safe. This book is an entertaining story of where the Declaration started and where it has been. During the Revolutionary War alone, the document was kept in five different places. Of course, at that time, it wasn't just to keep it safe. It was because the leaders of the 13 states couldn't agree on where it should be kept. Even after the war, they couldn't agree. For five years after the war ended, they argued about where it should be and moved it more than once. Where has it been?
Ages 7-10

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