The best Books about America for Children of All Ages
Our list of books about America introduces young children to the beauty, history, and patriotism of the country. The colors red, white, and blue are woven into the fabric of our flag and into our daily lives. Parades, picnics, and flag-waving are part of our American celebrations. Before you celebrate America this Fourth of July, take your child on a journey through history, diversity, values, and self-discovery with books from our hand selected list.
Books about America for Ages 0-3
Corduroy’s 4th of July, Don Freeman. The lovable bear in green overalls is back, but this time he is enjoying a picnic, a parade, and fireworks. This book uses simple sentences about July 4th descriptions, therefore is a nice introduction to America for the youngest readers.
Parade Colors, Barbara Barbieri McGrath. Available as a board book, children discover the colors of patriotism and celebrations. This book uses simple text and colorful images which are especially engaging for the youngest readers.
Hello, Fourth of July! Martha Zschock. Take part in a parade, see statues, enjoy the beach, watch the fireworks in this toddler-friendly board.
Good Night America, Adam Gamble. The Good Night Our World series takes readers through child-friendly locations and themes. In this edition, readers discover landmarks, statues, animals, and more throughout America.
Night-Night America, Katherine Sully. Travel across the country and say goodnight to iconic locations and monuments in this colorful board book.
Books About America for Ages 3-6
F is for Flag, Wendy Cheyette Lewison. The flag represents America and flies in many places. With short sentences, American facts, and bright colors, this is a nice introduction to our country’s flag.
What Is America? Michelle Medlock Adams. Why do we celebrate on July 4th? What is America? Rhyming text and colorful illustrations help answer questions about America in a child-friendly manner.
The Night Before the Fourth of July, Natasha Wing. Rhythmic text and vibrant, easy-to-follow pictures take children on a journey through this patriotic holiday. This book captures the fun, excitement, and pride of Independence Day.
The Story of America’s Birthday, Patricia A. Pingry. This book is a simple introduction into American history for toddlers and preschoolers. The short text and vibrant pictures are easy for young readers to follow while still introducing facts.
Books About America for Ages 6-8
What Does It Meant to Be American? Rana DiOrio and Elad Yoran. Being an American is about more than apple pie and fireworks. It is equality, freedom, opportunities, and more. The text and illustrations convey our country’s diversity, history, values in a child-friendly manner.
Of Thee I Sing, Barack Obama. With a lyrical rhythm, this book introduces children to several great Americans who helped shape our nation. The traits of these heroes and ground-breaking pioneers can be found in every child.
A is for America, Devin Scillian. Discover the wonders and beauty of America through the alphabet. Beautifully detailed pictures of animals, landmarks, and locations teach early readers about the United States.
America the Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates and Chris Gall. Let your child discover the beauty of America’s purple mountain majesties, fruited plains, and shining seas. The lyrics of the classic song are paired with beautiful, heartfelt images from across the country thus create a perfect 4th of July read.
Our Flag, Carl Memling, This Little Golden Book takes readers and parents on a historical journey. Discover colonial life, Betsy Ross, and George Washington. The text is informative and images are colorful, therefore creates a nice introduction into our country’s history.
I’m Your Flag So Please Treat Me Right, Julia Cook. Children start to learn the Pledge of Allegiance at an early age however, they may not know why. Therefore, this book uses colorful images, simple text, and snip-its of history to introduce the flag for young children and help them understand and appreciate it.
Put on your red, white, and blue and dive into the world of history, patriotism, and summer fun!
Pro Tip: While reading, point out capital letters to your child. Check out this video for a quick tutorial!
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