Patriotism

Red, White, and Blue Music

On July 4th, burgers sizzle on the grill, and cold drinks are passed around. Happy dogs play with frisbees, and sunburned kids finally climb out of the pool. In the growing darkness, fireworks begin to crackle and zoom overhead. At last a special song starts playing, and all the people get quiet as they remember the reason for the celebration.

When the American colonists declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, they were doing a very brave thing. They knew that there would be no easy way to make the words they put on paper real. The Continental Army would have to fight for the country's right to exist.

People made up new songs, often using old tunes, and sung them in the streets of America. These were full of pride and jokes about the British. There were lots of them! Some, like Yankee Doodle, are classics we still remember, and many songs told the war news, such as An American Frigate,* that tells the tale of one of John Paul Jones' battles on the sea.

Beat the Drum, Independence Day Has Come: Poems for the Fourth of July

By Lee Bennett Hopkins, editor

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Celebrated author Lee Bennett Hopkins & award-winning illustrator Tomie de Paola have teamed up to celebrate the birth of our country with a bang! Words & pictures invite young readers to join the fun of picnics & fireworks as imagined by poets such as Aileen Fisher, Carl Sandburg, & Lucille Clifton.
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Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags

By James Cross Giblin

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Traces the social history behind America's celebration of Independence Day and explains the background of such national symbols as the flag, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, and Uncle Sam.
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The Flag We Love

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

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This patriotic picture book unabashedly celebrates the Stars and Stripes.

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Remember Betsy Floss and Other Colonial American Riddles

By David A. Adler

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An illustrated collection of humorous riddles about American colonial life and the Revolution.

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I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance, With Commentary

By Bill Martin

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With simple, straightforward language and quirky illustrations, a team of children's book creators takes a look at each word of the Pledge of Allegiance and explains what it means.

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Flag Day

By Mari C. Schuh

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An introduction to the history, purpose, and observance of Flag Day, when we honor our country's flag.

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Flag Day

By Mari C. Schuh

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An introduction to the history, purpose, and observance of Flag Day, when we honor our country's flag.

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance, With Commentary

By Bill Martin

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With simple, straightforward language and quirky illustrations, a team of children's book creators takes a look at each word of the Pledge of Allegiance and explains what it means.

Suggested for ages 5 - 7

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Independence Day

By Robin Nelson

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A brief introduction to the history of Independence Day and how and why it is celebrated.

Suggested for ages 4 - 8

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