Happy week of The 4th of July!
The 4th of July is more than parades, picnics, and fireworks-it’s also a chance to share the pride of our nation’s history. With that in mind, Jump Into a Book has “marched forth” and gathered up some picks great patriotic books for kids. If you have some family or classrooms favorites, please share! Leave us your ideas in the comment box below or even on the JIAB Facebook Page .
We The Kids: David Catrow: Sooner or later, just about every American kid is required to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. And until now, it was one of the more boring, meaningless assignments. But artist and political cartoonist David Catrow has changed all that with his witty, clear-as-a-Liberty-Bell picture book. In one especially winning picture, the kids’ long-nosed, long-eared pooch provides “for the common defense,” keeping lackadaisical guard over the camp as the three human friends yuk it up in silhouette inside the tent. Readers will never yawn at mention of the Constitution again! (Ages 8 to 12)-Amazon review
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh: Two-time Newbery Honor author Alice Dalgliesh makes history come alive in this accessible story of America’s birthday. This is a great ‘read aloud book’ for younger children who need to know about the history of our nation.
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller: None other than Uncle Sam himself narrates Laurie Keller’s hilarious story about the day the 50 United States decide to trade places. With hilarious illustrations alive with side jokes and non-stop references to different states, Laurie Keller makes the map of the United States literally come to life as each state assumes its own character and behavior that is typical to its location in the country.
A is for America by Devin Scillian, Pam Carroll (Illustrator), Pamela Carroll (Illustrator): From the British and our Constitution that replaced their rule, to Yellowstone Park and Zane Grey’s stories of the west, “A is for America” is a sweeping tribute to all we know and love about our country. With delightful poems that beg to be read aloud, and expository text to broaden a student’s horizons, this American alphabet will make you fall in love with the United States over and over again. Bright, beautifully detailed illustrations from California artist Pam Carroll bring each letter to life, from eagles to Thomas Edison to the veterans of two World Wars.
Betsy Ross: Becky White (author) and Megan Lloyd: Betsy ripped. Rip, rip. Seven rich, crimson strips.
Inch by inch, bit by bit, Betsy Ross clips, dips, and stitches the first American flag. Based on a sketch Betsy’s friend George Washington gave her in 1776, the flag had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, which Betsy showed George how to make with a single clip of her scissors. Included activity shows children how to make their own Betsy Ross star
Something To Do: Create your own “4th Inspired” crafts with these fun ideas.
Found on DaniellesPlace
Fourth of July Cup Windsock Craft for Kids – Patriotic Windsock
The long red and white streamers on this patriotic craft look like a flag blowing in the wind.
What you will need: One-inch red and white ribbon, 18 oz. blue plastic cups, silver white or multi-color star stickers (Office supply store), scissors, string and tape.
How to Make a Patriotic Windsock:
1. Poke a small hole in the top of the cup. Cut a piece of string about two feet long and poke both ends of the string through the hole towards the inside of the cup. Place your hand inside the cup and pull the string ends almost all the way through. Tie the two ends together to make a big knot. Pull the string back out of the cup. The knot should keep the string from coming all the way through.
2. Stick star sticker all over the outside of the cup.
3. To finish cut red and white ribbon into three feet pieces and tape them alternately to the inside of the cup.
Awesome Noisemaker Right from the Kitchen (Apartment Therapy)
- Wooden slotted spoons or Wooden Spatulas
- Large craft bells
- Red, White, and Blue Paint.