Happy Fourth of July

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Happy Fourth of July

Book recommendations for July 4th

It's almost independence day, when we party in the USA.

While you could instead celebrate by watching Independence Day, I prefer to cuddle up with a good book before I eat my hot dogs and apple pie and watch the fireworks.

Red White and Boom!
 
I do love fireworks, so Lee Wardlaw's book Red, White, and Boom!, filled with vibrant illustrations of a July Fourth parade has a lot of appeal for me.
Another personal favorite is First Mothers by Beverly Gherman. While text heavy, it's a child-friendly and interesting portrait of the mothers of every President. A is for Abigail by Lynne Cheney is another bright and popular book with a similar theme.First Mothers
 
Felicity
 
Middle grade readers might enjoy books about children's experiences during the Revolutionary War. One of my favorites was the Felicity series, by Valerie Tripp. Meet Felicity introduces a spirited young girl growing up in Colonial Williamsburg.
A teen favorite that's also appropriate for most upper elementary students set during the Revolution is Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. In this book, a slave named Isabel finds herself spying for the American rebels.Chains
 
My Brother Sam is Dead
 
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Collier was a favorite of many boys in my fifth grade class, because of its engrossing descriptions of the conflict in the Meeker family when one son joins the rebellion and the rest of the family attempts to stay neutral.

And of course, adults (like me!) also enjoy reading. While we have lots of great nonfiction at the library like John Adams by David McCullough, and Washington's Crossing by my fave college professor David Hackett Fischer, there's also tons of great fiction about American history and governance.

Some of my favorites include Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, the story of the first Native American student at Harvard, and American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld, about a fictional first lady with remarkable similarities to Laura Bush.


What will you read to celebrate Fourth of July?
-- Ms. Sho, Children's Librarian