Books for Kids About the Liberty Bell

America, like most countries, has symbols to reflect the ideals and history of the country. One of the most significant symbols of America is the Liberty Bell. As its name suggests, it represents liberty, the liberty for which our founders risked their lives, honor, and fortunes. Not all were wealthy, but they stood to lose all they had, and some of those who signed the Declaration of Independence did lose everything. Your children can learn about the Liberty Bell through these books. 

Not everyone can manage to take their child on a tour of the real Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia. It is set up as a tour with Clara, a tour guide talking about the Bell. Clara will help your child learn about how the bell was created, how it was used in the Revolutionary War, how it cracked, and when it last rang out. It includes a glossary of unfamiliar words, which is great for young children.

Ages 5 to 7

Mr. Chen takes his class on a field trip to the Liberty Bell Center, and your child can go right along with them!  Ranger Marcela provides details about the bell, along with its history. Who made the bell? What are the words on it? When did it ring for the last time? Why does it have a huge crack?  This book has a nice touch since it discusses how the children can ring the bell, even though it no longer rings. Ranger Marcela explains that we ring the bell by making sure everyone has freedom.

Ages 5 to 7

This is a wonderful - and true - story about how an eleven-year-old boy helped save the Liberty Bell. The story takes place in 1777, a year after the Declaration of Independence was read to Americans for the first time. The bell announced that reading. So Philadelphians already knew the significance of this special bell. But the bell was being threatened. Red Coats were approaching Philadelphia and would be looking for metal to melt down for bullets. That would mean they would take the bell and melt it down using its metal against the people for whom it rang out the call for liberty. Young Johnny and his father took the bell in their wagon for the trip back to their home. in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

But young John Jacob Mickley and his father helped sneak the bell out of Philadelphia for safe keeping elsewhere. They make it to within four miles of home when their wagon breaks down. Thanks to the help of local citizens, the bell was hidden in the Zion Reformed Church, under the floorboards, in what is now Allentown.

Kids will learn that even a young child can make a big difference, an idea so important to many gifted children.

Ages 7 and up

The Liberty Bell is such an iconic American symbol that most people don't know that the original bell had been imported from England in 1752. It was not the best bell. Its ring was a dull sound and it cracked right away. It had to be recast two different times at an American foundary. That doesn't sound like the background of such an important bell. But then it fits the early Americans perfectly. They weren't the elite citizens of the world. Many came to America to improve their lives and learned to make do and work hard. The Liberty Bell worked hard, too. It rang to announce many important events, not just the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Ages 8 and up

The Liberty Bell was saved in 1776 from falling in the hands of the Redcoats by the Mickleys, who sneaked the bell out of Philadelphia and saw that it was well hidden. But that's not the only time, the bell was almost lost to us. It was almost lost in 1816, too, when the Pennsylvania State House was scheduled to be demolished. The citizens of Philadelphia, however, didn't want to see it demolished, so they raised $70,000 to buy the building and the bell. (That would be about 1,170,699.95 today.)

When the building was being renovated, the bell was offered to a scrap dealer for $400 ($6,689.71 today). Fortunately for us, the dealer turned it down because he didn't think the bell was worth that much. This book is full of wonderful facts about the famous bell.

Ages 9 to 12

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