The Story of America's Birthday
Written by Patricia Pingry; illustrated by Stacy Venturi-Pickett
This boardbook, created especially for preschoolers and kindergartners, tells the story of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, and America's quest for independence. Related books in this series include The Story of George Washington, The Story of Thomas Jefferson, The Story of Benjamin Franklin, and The Story of "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Other recommended books for young readers (preschool-Grade 2) include ...
Written by Esther Forbes
Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain is supposed to be a silversmith's apprentice. Through a series of events, the young teen finds himself out of the shop and right in middle of the American Revolution. When Johnny Tremain rolled off the presses in 1944, it claimed the prestigious Newbery Award. Now, more than half a century later, the tale of adventure, loss, courage, and history steal captivates readers, drawing them back more than two centuries in time.
Suitable for upper elementary students, this book also merits reading by any teen or adult who somehow missed it during their younger years. Also worthy of mention is the 1957 movie version of this American classic, which shares the name Johnny Tremain.
Yankee Doodle Boy: A Young Soldier's Adventures in the American Revolution Told by Himself
Written by Joseph Plumb Martin; edited by George Scheer
Presents the firsthand experiences of a Connecticut farm boy who enlisted in his hometown regiment one summer's night and found himself a seasoned veteran of the battlefield by year's end. Teens and adults may enjoy the unedited work upon which this version is based, A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier, as well as an anthology of first-hand accounts compiled by this work's editor, Rebels and Redcoats: The American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who Fought and Lived It.
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
Written by Jean Fritz
Offering a glimpse at the war as seen through British eyes, Jean Fritz delivers this account of the life of King George. A prolific writer of juvenile biography and history books, Fritz has also authored books on an assortment of other key figures of the Revolutionary era, including ...
A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution
by Giulio and Betsy C. Maestro
Each year, millions of Americans celebrate their nation's independence on the Fourth of July. Without wise leaders, however, the fledgling nation could never have survived. In this brief work, the Maestros share the story of this nation's Constitution--and the stories of the 55 men responsible for it--in terms even young Americans will understand and enjoy. (Recommended for Grades 2-4).
We the Kids
Illustrated by David Catrow
Artist and political cartoonist David uses humorous illustrations and the actual text of the Preamble to the Constitution to help elementary school students grasp the concepts entrenched in this historic document.
Other recommended books for older readers (upper elementary and early middle school) include ...
Yes, as a matter of fact, the Childhood of Famous Americans series was a childhood favorite. I'm pretty sure I read every volume our tiny library system had within two months of discovering them. I read the copies at our local library many times over, and truth be told, I still enjoy them.
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