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KUED Suggests: July 4th Children Books

Celebrate this Fourth of July with fireworks, flags and the Founding Fathers! From the well-known George Washington and John Adams, to Sybil Ludington’s midnight ride, this collection of books brings history and festivity to kids ages 0-12.

Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?
By: Jean Fritz
Illustrated by: Margot Tomes
Age Level: 7-9
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
There are two sides to every story, and this book takes an interesting look at England’s King George III’s side of the story during the American Revolution. It travels across the Atlantic to teach readers about King George’s upbringing and explores how a king became a tyrant.

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies
By: Cokie Roberts
Illustrated by: Diane Goode
Age Level: 7-12
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
So often we only hear about the Founding Fathers, but this book takes a look at the women behind the American Revolution. It shines the spotlight on heroines such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Mercy Otis Warren and more as they helped build a new nation.

God Bless America
By: Irving Berlin, Lynn Munsinger
Illustrated by: Lynn Munsinger
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
America’s music inspired a nation and this picture book explores the lyrics behind one of America’s most iconic tunes. Lynn Munsinger’s adorable drawings join Irving Berlin’s lyrics to bring out the singer in everyone.

John, Paul, George and Ben
By: Lane Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
This story is a fun take on five of the more popular Founding Fathers. From George Washington to Ben Franklin, these short tales on their beginnings and roles in the American Revolution are accompanied by delightful illustrations. Follow them as they grow up and team up to unite a nation.

Red, White, and Boom
By: Lee Wardlaw
Illustrated by: Huy Voun Lee
Age Level: 3-7
Reading Level: Pre-Reader
This colorful book follows one town’s celebration of Independence Day. Music, sparks and balloons fill the pages and capture the spirit of this festive day.

Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride
By: Marsha Amstel
Illustrated by: Ellen Beier
Age Level: 7-9
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
Paul Revere wasn’t the only one who made a famous midnight run. Sybil Ludington was only 16 when she answered her nation’s call for heroes, and she and her horse rode for miles to alert her countrymen about the approaching British soldiers. This inspiring look at Sybil’s life reminds us that anyone can change history with a little courage.

The Flag We Love
By: Pam Muñoz Ryan, Ralph Masiello
Illustrated by: Ralph Masiello
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
No country is complete without its flag, and this book celebrates the stars and stripes so commonly seen across our nation. It combines poetry and history to explore the American flag’s origins, design, and the inspiring role it’s played over the centuries.

The Fourth of July Story
By: Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrated by: Marie Nonnast
Age Level: 4-8
Reading Level: Beginner Reader
Two-time Newbery Honor author Alice Dalgliesh’s The Fourth of July Story transports readers back to that historic day when colonists became Americans. Enjoy a trip to Philadelphia and join the bells in celebrating the birth of a nation.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
By: Henry W. Longfellow
Illustrated by: Jeffrey Thompson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
This popular rhyme is accompanied by illustrations to immerse readers in the night Paul Revere took his famous ride. The pages’ designs include documents, coins, and letters to give the book a historic feel.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher
By: Anne Rockwell, Cynthia von Buhler
Illustrated by: Cynthia von Buhler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Molly Pitcher followed her husband into the army behind the one and only George Washington. She provided water to soldiers on the battlefield, but after her husband was injured, she grabbed his cannon and continued to fight. Join this extraordinary heroine as she explores the darker side of the Revolution.

Those Rebels, John and Tom
By: Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by: Edwin Fotheringham
Age Level: 7-10
Reading Level: Intermediate Reader
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson didn’t always agree, but this book explores their teamwork in a colorful and creative look at their differences and similarities. Award winners Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham researched the lives of these two great men to deliver an accurate but witty biography to young children.