Flag Day

Recommended Children's Books and Music for Flag Day

America the Beautiful (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Neil Waldman

Vibrant landscapes from across the nation illustrate the first verse of Katharine Lee Bates' famous patriotic song. A wonderful way to introduce young children to an American classic!

cover Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag (ages 8-12)
Written by Ann Weil

Part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series, this classic biography reads more like a romantic adventure than a textbook or reference work. Children, especially, will delight in the tales of Ross's childhood. Older readers will enjoy the work as well, but will find that it provides relatively limited information about Ross's adult years.

By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 6-10)
Written by Steven Kroll; illustrated by Dan Andreasen

Beautifully illustrated account of the writing of the national anthem in historical context. Begins with the War of 1812 and ends with a look at Key's final years and the growing popularity of his poem.

Cover of The Flag We Love The Flag We Love (ages 4 and up)
Written by Pam Munoz Ryan; illustrated by Ralph Masiello

This tribute to the American flag is geared toward young children, but suitable for readers of all ages. Each right-hand page of the book is filled with a colorful painting, while the facing page contains a smaller picture, a four-line verse, and several facts about the flag.

Cover of Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American FlagRed, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag (ages 4-8)
Written by John Herman; illustrated by Robin Roraback
Easy-to-read book tells how America's flag came into being. Geared toward the youngest readers, it manages to include the sort of fun trivia and little-known facts one might expect to find in a much longer book.

Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Story of America's Symbols (ages 8-12)
Written by Teresa Bateman; illustrated by John O'Brien
Geared toward upper elementary and middle school students, this book traces the history of 17 American symbols, ranging from the U.S. flag to Uncle Sam. The two to four pages devoted to each symbol provide enough information for young researchers, but oon't overwhelm them with detail. It's light-hearted, relatively easy to read, and capable of captiviating even children who don't think they like history.Cover of The Star-Spangled Banner (illustrated by the D'Aulaires)

The Star Spangled Banner (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Features bold, bright illustrations perfect for younger kids along with the complete text of the National Anthem as penned by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812.

The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 8-12)
By Deborah Kent

Part of the Cornerstones of Freedom series, this library-quality book tells not only how Francis Scott Key came to write the lyrics for the song, but how that song eventually became our national anthem. Cover of The Star-Spangled Banner (illustrated by Peter Spier)

The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Peter Spier
This version of the National Anthem features Francis Scott Key's classic lyrics alongside Peter Spier's well-researched pictoral history of the War of 1812. Fun and informative sidebars are sure to thrill readers of ages.

cover Wee Sing America
Book/CD combo
Book/cassette combo

Dozens of simple songs geared toward children 2-8. Selections range from "Yankee Doodle" to "I've Been Working on the Railroad." A must-have for anyone with young children.

Cover of American Patriot American Patriot (compact disc)
American Patriot (cassette tape)
Lee Greenwood

The beloved artist who gave us "God Bless the U.S.A." sings this and nine other patriotic favorites.

Cover of God Bless America CD God Bless America (compact disc)
Morman Tabernacle Choir

One of America's top choirs sings some of the nation's favorite songs. Selections include "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "This Land Is Your Land," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "This Is the Army, Mister Jones," and 19 other favorites.

Cover of God Bless the U.S.A. CD God Bless the U.S.A. (compact disc)
God Bless the U.S.A. (cassette tape)
Lee Greenwood

Features the title track and nine other favorites ranging from "Dixie Road" to "Amazing Grace."

Cover of Sing America CD Sing America (compact disc)
Various artists

A wealth of American favorites, from Leonard Bernstein's "Fanfare for the Common Man" to Leann Rimes' rendition of "God Bless America."

cover Stars And Stripes Forever and The Greatest Marches (compact disc)
Stars And Stripes Forever and The Greatest Marches (cassette tape)
Various composers; performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra

Rousing assortment of classic sounds, ranging from Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" to Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance." Also includes more humble favorites such as "Dixie" and "Yankee Doodle."

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