books about the 4th of julyThe 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 4th of July represents more than the birth of a nation. It also represents the birth of liberty – and not just for the 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. That idea was truly revolutionary at the time, and for some people today, it’s still revolutionary. It can be difficult to understand that people have rights whether a government recognizes them or not. Our rights can be violated, but that’s not the same as the rights not existing. As I said, it can be difficult for people to understand, but it’s an important distinction to make, especially in reference to the Fourth of July, which is a day that celebrates, not just independence from England, but a new way of viewing the rights of man. It’s never too early to help your child understand the importance of American Independence Day.


The Story of America's Birthday (Board book)


This little book presents the story of the founding of America in words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. Vibrant illustrations paired with the text help to create the connection between the story of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution and today's Fourth of July festivities. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the history and meaning behind Independence Day. Ages 2-5.
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The Fourth of July Story (Paperback)


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. For Ages 4-8.
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The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) (Paperback)


The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country.  Features 12 full-color stickers.

For ages 4-8
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It's Not About You, Mrs. Firecracker: A Love Letter About the True Meaning of the Fourth of July (The Love Letters Book Series) (Paperback)


The Fourth of July is a very special American holiday and celebration. Families and friends spend fun time together and at night, beautiful fireworks are displayed for everyone to enjoy. But what actually happened on that day that causes us to remember and celebrate it for many hundreds of years? This wonderfully illustrated children’s book explains what brave Americans did to declare their freedom and equality, and identifies who was the source of guidance through it all.
For ages 5-10
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The Declaration of Independence (A True Book) (Paperback)


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. For ages 7-9
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The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence (Paperback)


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? For ages 7-10
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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 4th of July represents more than the birth of a nation. It also represents the birth of liberty...