Children's Books about the Fourth of July

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Allen, Kathy. The First Independence Day Celebration. Coughlan Publishing, 2010. 32 pp.
In the United States, the Fourth of July means picnics, parades, and fireworks. But it wasn't always so. The First Independence Day happened during a time of war. Here's the story.
Aloian, Molly. Independence Day. Crabtree Publishing Company, 2009. 32 pp.
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is one of the most important days in the history of the United States of America. Millions of Americans celebrate this national holiday each year. Parades, barbecues, and fireworks have all become staples of the celebration. Learn the importance of this national holiday to the people of the United States, then and now.

Amato, Carol A. and Ann D. Koffsky. Fourth of July: An Independence Day Feast of Fun, Facts, & Activities. Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2007. 48 pp. Illustrations. Grades 1-5.

Anderson, Joan. The Glorious Fourth at Prairietown. Photographs by George Ancona. New York: Morrow, 1986. 46 pp.

Recreates the Fourth of July in 1836 in the fictional village of Prairietown, Indiana, to show how the holiday was celebrated in a typical frontier community.

Ansary, Mir Tamim. Independence Day. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2002. 32 pp.
Includes the following chapters: A summer holiday -- Celebrating our independence -- Thirteen English colonies -- A busy new world -- Growing apart -- The French and Indian war -- The king's taxes -- Angry colonists -- Trouble in Boston -- War breaks out -- The Declaration of Independence -- A nation is born.

Bertrand, Diane Gonzales. Uncle Chente's Picnic. Illustrations by Pauline Rodriguez Howard ; Spanish translation by Julia Mercedes Castilla. Houston, Tex.: Pinata Books, 2001.
A big rainstorm and a power failure during a Fourth of July picnic in honor of Uncle Chente cause a change in plans, resulting in a very special family gathering.

Best, Grace. The Fourth of July Mouse Party. Illustrations by Tricia Cedarleaf. Palmer Lake, Co." Mouse House, 1976. 29 pp.

Butterworth, Hezekiah. In Old New England: the Romance of a Colonial Fireside. New York: D. Appleton, 1895. 281 pp.

These stories were originally published in the Century, Harper's and other magazines. Includes Milo Mill's Fourth of July poem.

Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit's Fourth of July. Illustrations by Pat Schories. New York: HarperFestival, 2005. 1 volume (unpaged).

The dog Biscuit celebrates America's birthday--the Fourth of July.

Chall, Marsha Wilson. Happy Birthday, America! Illustrations by Guy Porfirio. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 2000.
Joined by an army of aunts, uncles, and cousins, eight-year-old Kay and her family celebrate the Fourth of July.

Court, Rob. How to Draw Independence Day Things. Mankato, MN: Child's World, 2008. Illustrations.
Includes flag, stars, eagle, Uncle Sam, sparkler, fireworks, watermelon, apple pie, picnic, liberty bell, Statue of Liberty, White House, Mount Rushmore, and Washington Monument.

Dalgliesh, Alice. The Fourth of July Story. Illustrations by Marie Nonnast. New York: Aladdin books, 1987. 32 pp.
The thirteen colonies unite in the desire for independence, select Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence, and carry the news of independence across the colonial settlements.

Dean, Sheri. Fourth of July. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2006. 24 pp. illustrations.

Delton, Judy. Pee Wees on Parade. Illustrations by Alan Tiegreen. New York: Dell, 1992. 90 pp.

The Pee Wees are planning on riding ponies in the Fourth of July parade, but Molly is the only one who doesn't know how to ride.

"A Fabulous Fourth of July" (filmstrip). Norwalk, Ct.: Educational Enrichment Materials, 1978. 1 roll; 35 mm. & teacher's guide plus 1 cassette (2-track, mono.)

The story of the way in which Jeff, a boy on crutches, wins first prize in a parade is told. Facts of American history are presented.

Freedman, Russell. Give me Liberty!: the Story of the Declaration of Independence. New York: Holiday House, 2000. 90 pp.
Describes the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence as well as the personalities and politics behind its framing. Beginning with the Boston Tea Party, this stirring account introduces characters including Patrick Henry & Paul Revere, events such as the battles at Lexington & Concord, & ends with the Continental Congress & the drawing up of the Declaration of Independence. The events leading up to it plus the personalities and politics behind its framing.

Freeman, Don. Corduroy's 4th of July. New York: Viking, 2007. Illustrations by Lisa McCue.
Corduroy and his friends celebrate Independence Day by having a picnic, marching in a parade, and watching fireworks.

Frost, Helen. Independence Day. Mankato, Minn.: Pebble Books, 2000. 24 pp. illustrations.
Simple text and photographs explain Independence Day, how and why we celebrate it to honor the founding of the United States.

Gentry, Jennifer Mills. Maria's 4th of July. PublishAmerica, 2011. 32 pp.
Giblin, James. Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags. Illustrations by Ursula Arndt. New York: Clarion Books, 1983; reprint, N.Y.: Clarion Books, 2001. 90 pp.
Traces the social history behind America's celebration of Independence Day and explains the background of such national symbols as the flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, and Uncle Sam.

Glass, Timothy. Penny's 4th of July. U.S.: Platinum Paw Press, 2007. Unpaged.
Sleepytown Beagles, Penny's 4th of July is the second book in the Sleepytown Beagles series. It takes your child on another journey into a peaceful and secure place where they can visualize and drift off to sleep. In this story, Penny shares the valuable lesson she learned about dealing with her fears. Enjoy this journey with the lovable characters of the Sleepytown Beagles.

Goeller, Dorothy. The 4th of July. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2011. 23 pp.
Simple text and photographs present a story with a 4th of July theme.

Goodspeed, Judy. Perky Turkey's 4th of July Adventure. Illustrations by Chet Taylor. United States: Kittycat Books; Dragonfly Publishing, Inc., 2008.
Perky Turkey and the rest of the farmyard turkeys find a hole in the fence on the Fourth of July but a fox may take the fun out of their newly found freedom.

Gore, Willma Willis. Independence Day. Hillside, N.J.: Enslow, 1993. 48 pp. Illustrations.
Describes the origins and past and present celebrations of Independence Day.

Graham-Barber, Lynda. Doodle Dandy!: The Complete Book of Independence Day Words. Illustrations by Betsy Lewin. New York: Bradbury Press; International, 1992. 122 pp.
Defines or explains various words, commonly associated with Independence Day, such as "barbecue," "fireworks," and "liberty," and gives their origin or historical background.

Graves, Charles Parlin. Fourth of July. Illustrations by Ken Wagner. Champaign, Ill.: Garrard Publishing, 1963. 64 pp.
Describes the events of July 4, 1776; early celebrations of the day, and the symbols, patriotic music, fireworks, monuments and statues associated with this holiday.

Grosgebauer, Clare Ham. Snickerdoodle's Star-Spangled Fourth of July! Illustrations by Karen Rissing. Fairfax, Va.: Small Wonder Enterprises, 2005. 1 vol.
Uncle Yankee Doodle's family and animal friends gather for a Fourth of July celebration, and when it looks like the fireworks will be spoiled by the bouncy behavior of the firehouse dog, Snickerdoodle finds a solution and shines the spotlight on an unusual special guest.

Harris, Stanley. The 4th of July Spies. Harrisburgh, PA: Critical Choices, 2010. 257 pp.
It is June of 1776, the second year of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, appoints five men to prepare a draft of a document that proclaims America's independence from Britain. Three of the men are Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. Captain Benjamin Tallmadge, George Washington's spy chief believes that the British plan to prevent this declaration of American liberty, but he doesn't know how or when. Tallmadge enlists four young Americans as spies to help uncover the plot. Three of the young people live in 1776. The fourth lives in the present day. Charles Miller travels back in time to join his18th century friends Ben Sampson, Emmy Sampson and Aaron Attucks. Each is given an assignment to stop the British from succeeding - Charlesas the manservant to Thomas Jefferson, Emmy as a maid for John Adams, and Ben and Aaron working in the homes of two of the suspected plotters. The four young people, following every lead, discover and decodea British message that exposes the conspiracy. With the help of Jacob Garter, a tailor and secret agent, and Lester Miles, a time-traveler who is more than he seems to be, they defy the British spies in a tense confrontation and prevent them from kidnapping the three American patriots. On July 4th, the Declaration Of Independence is approved by Congress. As he begins his journey back to the present, Charles learns that history is not always what it seems to be - that what is recorded as occurring in the past may not have been what actually happened.

Haynes, Mary. The Great Pretenders. New York: Bradbury Press; Maxwell Macmillan International, 1990. 135 pp. Plates.
Eleven-year-old Molly has gotten off on the wrong foot in her new town by insulting the mayor's daughter, but with the help of her baseball prowess and two friends she hopes to redeem herself during the Fourth of July parade.

Heinrichs, Ann. Independence Day. Child's World, Inc., 2006. 32 pp. Illustrations.
Tells the story of the struggle for independence from Great Britain. Includes kid-friendly activities and recipes.

Henry, Henther French. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Jellybeans: A Fourth of July Story. Illustrations by the author. Cubbie Blue Publishing, 2004. 32 pp.
Claire learns from Ben Franklin and the Founding Fathers that the Fourth of July is more than just fireworks, it's the celebration of our freedoms.

Hess, Debra. The Fourth of July. Benchmark Books, 2004. 40 pp.
Children see "Proud to be American" signs on cars and in windows everywhere. Yet have they any idea what the words really mean? Do they understand why they pledge allegiance to the flag, sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and celebrate the Fourth of July? Do they know why the Liberty Bell was rung, who lives in the White House, why the Statue of Liberty holds a torch? It is the aim of Symbols of America to explain, in an engaging manner and with words young reaeders can readily understand, the origins and meanings of America's greatest symbols.

Hodgson, Harriet W. My First Fourth of July Book. Illustrations by Linda Hohag. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987. 31 pp.
A collection of poems about traditional celebrations of America's independence, describing picnics, fireworks, and bicycle parades.

Hoig, Stan. It's the Fourth of July. New York. Cobblehill Books, 1995. 81 pp. Photographs.

Holub, Joan. Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky. Illustrations by Amanda Haley. New York: Little Simon, 2003. unpaged.
Fourth of July poetry.

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Beat the Drum, Independence Day Has Come. Illustrations by Tomie de Paola. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. 29 pp.
An anthology of poems about American independence.

Kain, Kathleen. All about Holidays with Inspector McQ. Illustrations by Ben Mahan. Chicago: World Book, 1992. 30 pp.
Briefly explains the origins of such holidays as New Year's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah.

Kaplan, Leslie C. Independence Day. New York: PowerKids Press/Rosen Pub. Group, 2004. 24 pp. Illustrations.
Includes the following chapters: What is Independence Day? -- Under British rule -- War breaks out -- The Declaration of Independence -- A famous birthday -- Another big birthday -- Fireworks on the Fourth -- The Liberty Bell -- Other holiday symbols -- Celebrating Independence Day.

Kimmelman, Leslie. Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! Illustrations by Nancy Cote. Morton Grove, Ill.: A. Whitman & Co., 2003.
Town residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day with food, a parade, and fireworks.

Klingel, Cynthia F. and Robert B. Noyed. The Fourth of July. Chanhassen, MN: The Child's World, 2003. 24 pp. Illustrations. "A level two reader."

Landau, Elaine. Independence Day: Birthday of the United States. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishing, 2001. 48 pp. Illustrations.

Lasky, Kathryn. Fourth of July Bear. Illustrations by Helen Cogancherry. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1991. (unpaged)
Spending summer vacation on a Maine island, Rebecca misses her best friend Emily until she meets Amanda, who invites Rebecca to be in the Fourth of July parade.

Lewin, Betsy. Hip, Hippo, Hooray! New York: Dodd, Mead, 1982. Illustrations. 32 pp.
On the hottest July day, one hundred hippos gather for their annual parade, only to be subtracted as they collapse from the heat while marching.

Livingston, Myra Cohn. Callooh! Callay! Holiday Poems for Young Readers. Illustrations by Janet Stevens. New York: Atheneum, 1978. 131 pp.
An anthology of more than 80 poems celebrating special days including birthdays, Halloween, the Fourth of July, and Columbus Day.

Marx, David F. Independence Day. New York: Children's Press, 2001. 31 pp. illustrations.
Introduces the history of Independence Day and explains how it is celebrated today.

Melchiore, Susan McCarthy. Caesar Rodney: American patriot. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Senior Consulting Editor. 88 pp. Illustrations.
A delightful book about Rodney's life and his exciting ride through inclement weather from Delaware to Philadelphia to cast the deciding vote on behalf of Delaware for independence.

Mercer, Abbie. Happy 4th of July. New York: Rosen Publishing Group; PowerKids Press, 2008. 24 pp. Illustrations.
An introduction to the history of and celebration surrounding the American Independence Day holiday.

Merington, Marguerite. Holiday Plays: Five One Act Pieces for Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. Duffield, 1910; 1931.
Duffield published this through 6 editions. In 1934, Dodd, Mead published the most recent edition.

Merrick, Patrick. Fourth of July Fireworks. Chanhassen, Minn.: Child's World, 2000.
Briefly explains the significance of the Fourth of July holiday, describes the origin and meaning of its celebration with fireworks, and discusses the making and safety aspects of fireworks.

Mills, Claudia. Phoebe's Parade. Illustrations by Carolyn Ewing. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994. (unpaged)
Not even her brother's teasing can spoil Phoebe's excitement about being a Peewee Majorette in the Fourth of July parade.

Murray, Julie. Independence Day. Edina, Minn.: ABDO Pub., 2005. 24 pp. illus.

Nelson, Robin. Independence Day. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2003. 23 pp. Illustrations.

A brief introduction to the history of Independence Day and how and why it is celebrated.

Nielsen, Shelly. Celebrating Independence Day. Illustrations by Marie-Claude Monchaux. Edina, Minn.: Abdo & Daughters, 1992. 32 pp.
Rhyming text introduces aspects of this important national holiday.

Nobleman, Marc Tyler. Independence Day. Compass Point Books, 2004. 24 pp.
Describes the holiday of Independence Day, including how it began, how the holiday is celebrated, its symbols, and how Independence Day has changed.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Happy Birthday, America. Illustrations by Peter Catalanotto. Brookfield, Conn.: Roaring Brook Press, 2003.
The whole family joins in a lively small-town celebration of the Fourth of July, including a parade, picnic, music, and fireworks.

Panzer, Nora, ed. Celebrate America: in Poetry and Art. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1994. 96 pp.
"A collection of American poetry that celebrates over 200 years of American life and history as illustrated by fine art from the collection of the National Museum of American Art." Includes texts of Emerson's "Concord Hymn" and James Russell Lowell's "Our Fathers Fought for Liberty."

Paraskevas, Betty. On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed. Illustrations by Michael Paraskevas. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2000. 32 pp. Illustrations.
As the tall ships sail into New York Harbor to celebrate the Fourth of July, a bald eagle soars in the sky overhead, a regal symbol with shining armor and eyes like canary diamonds.

Phelan, Mary Kay. The Fourth of July. Illustrations by Symeon Shimin. New York: Crowell, 1966. (unpaged)
The spirit of July 4th is studied from the events preceding the Declaration of Independence to current celebrations.

Pingry, Patricia A. The Story of America's Birthday. Illustrations by Stacy Venturi-Pickett. Nashville, Tenn.: Candy Cane Press, 2000.
Simple text that explains why the 4th of July is celebrated as the nation's birthday.

Roberts, Bethany. Fourth of July Mice! Illustrations by Doug Cushman. Clarion Books, 2004. 32 pp.
Four energetic mice enjoy a parade and other festivities on Independence Day.

Sandak, Cass R. Patriotic Holidays. New York: Crestwood House, 1990. Illustrations. 48 pp.
Discusses the origins and traditions surrounding the Fourth of July, President's Day, Armistice Day, and other American holidays.

Sanders, Nancy I. Independence Day. New York: Children's Press, 2003. 47 pp. Illustrations.
Includes the following chapters: Fireworks spectacular -- The beginnings of a nation -- The Revolutionary War -- Through the years -- A day of pride.

Shachtman, Tom. America's Birthday: the Fourth of July. Photographs by Chuck Saaf. New York: Macmillan, 1986. 44 pp.
The Fourth of July celebration along the coast of New Hampshire and Maine is presented in text and photographs.

Schultz, Ellen. I Can Read About July 4th, 1776: America's First Birthday. Illustrations by Herb Mott. Mahwah, N.J.: Troll, 1979. 44 pp.

Servis, Joan. Celebrating the Fourth: Ideas and Inspiration for Teachers of Grade Four. Portsmouth, N.H.: Heinemann, 1999.

Seymour, Tres. Jake Johnson: The Story of a Mule. Illustrations by Marsha Gray Carrington. New York: DK Ink, 1999. (unpaged)

Farmer Puckett's custom of hauling a wagonload of fireworks to the fairgrounds for the Independence Day social is endangered when his stubborn new mule Jake Johnson refuses to move.

Singer, Marilyn. Big Wheel. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1993. 153 pp.
Wheel's attempt to organize a Fourth of July carnival starring all of his friends, is threatened when the new kid in town starts to take over his gang.

Sobol, Donald J. Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake!: A Cook and Case Book. Illustrations by Ib Ohlsson. New York: Four Winds Press, 1983. 121 pp.
The ten-year-old detective solves "The Case of the Missing Garlic Bread" and other food related mysteries. Includes menus and recipes for a Fourth of July party, a birthday brunch, and other occasions.

Summers, Nickie. The 4th of July: A Celebration of Independence. U.S.: Authorhouse, 2010.
Introduces preschoolers to the birth of the nation, the founding fathers, and explains why the 4th of July is more than fireworks, barbecues, and summer fun.

Trueit, Trudi Strain. Independence Day. Children's Press, 2006. 32 pp.
Readers will learn about the customs and traditions of the Fourth of July.

Van Leeuwen, Jean. A Fourth of July on the Plains. Illustrations by Henri Sorensen. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997. (unpaged)
Young Jesse and his family are with a wagon train traveling from Indiana to Oregon when they stop to celebrate the Fourth of July, but Jesse is too young to go hunting with the men so he comes up with his own contribution to the festivities.

Van Nutt, Julia. Skyrockets and Snickerdoodles: From the Diaries of Lucky Hart. New York: Doubleday Book for Young Readers, 2001. Illustrations by Robert Van Nutt.
Lucky Hart and her team play a rival team on the Fourth of July. Topping off the celebration is a burst of fireworks.

Warren, Jean. Huff and Puff's Fourth of July. Everett, WA: Warren Pub. House, 1995. Illustrations by Molly Piper. Activity Illustrations by Marion Hopping Ekburg.
Huff and Puff get even with their troublesome cousins by creating their own fireworks using lightning.

Watson, Wendy. Hurray for the Fourth of July. New York: Clarion Books, 1992. (unpaged)

A small-town family celebrates the Fourth of July by attending a parade, having a picnic, and watching fireworks. Interspersed throughout the pages are patriotic songs and traditional rhymes.

Whitehead, Kathy. Looking for Uncle Louie on the Fourth of July. Illustrations by Pablo Torrecilla. Boyds Mills Press, 2004.
A boy gets a big surprise when the low riders take part in the Independence Day parade.

Wong, Janet S. Apple Pie 4th of July. Illustrations by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

Ziefert, Harriet. Hats Off for the Fourth of July! Illustrations by Gustaf Miller. New York: Viking, 2000; reprint, N.Y.: Pufifn Books, 2002.
Spectators wait to see what will come next as they watch the town's Fourth of July parade.

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