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Read, White, and Blue! 9 Kids' Books That Celebrate America

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Photo by Kristin Rogers Photography / Stocksy United

By Rachel Ward

Throw on your most red, white, and blue get-up; grab the burgers, ‘dogs, and potato salad; and get ready for those dazzling firework displays—Independence Day is just around the corner! What better time to explore books that celebrate America with your little patriot? Our top ten finds will introduce him to the basics of the U.S.A., show him what makes our country such a special place, and get him excited to explore!

Good Night America cover
Good Night America by Adam Gamble, illustrated by Suwin Chan. Used by permission of Good Night Books.

1.  Good Night America by Adam Gamble

Age group: Infants/Toddlers

Send your tot to sleep with some of America’s most famous landmarks and places, including the Statue of Liberty, the White House, the Florida Everglades, and the Grand Canyon. Best of all, this sturdy board book can’t be ruined by baby drool or torn apart by a toddler’s ever-exploring hands. 

America the Beautiful cover
Copyright © 2004 by Robert Sabuda. Used by permission of Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

2. America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book by Robert Sabuda

Age group: Preschool

Your munchkin will love seeing miniature versions of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty rising from the page! Accompanied by the lyrics to America the Beautiful, these paper marvels will awe kids time and again.

Hail to the Chief cover
Text copyright © 2016 by Callista Gingrich. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Susan Arciero. Used by permission of Regnery Publishing. All rights reserved.

3. Hail to the Chief by Callista Gingrich

Age group: Preschool

Little readers will take a journey throughout history with Ellis the Elephant as they learn more about U.S. presidents,  from Washington to Obama.  There’s even an interactive element: Kids can search for a bald eagle on every page!

All Aboard National Parks cover
Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Kevin and Haily Meyers. Used by permission of Gibbs Smith. All rights reserved.

4. All Aboard! National Parks by Kevin & Haily Meyers

Age group: Infants/Toddlers

Snuggled up in their parents’ laps, infants and toddlers can visit our most famous national parks, from Yosemite to Acadia to Rocky Mountain—and for each park, they’re introduced to an animal friend who lives there!

United Tweets cover
United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbot. Used by permission of Penguin Random House. All rights reserved.

5. United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbott

Age group: Preschool

Come one, come all, to the United Tweets of America Pageant! Led by America’s favorite bird—the bald eagle—little ones will learn more about state birds, from Alabama’s Yellowhammer to Wyoming’s western meadowlark.

All the Way to America cover
All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino. Used by permission of Penguin Random House. All rights reserved.

6. All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino

Age group: Preschool

In search of better opportunities, the Yaccarino family comes to America with only a recipe for tomato sauce and a little shovel to build a new life as Americans. This is a great book to broach the topic of immigration, its role in our country’s history, and the value that immigrants bring to our society.

Our 50 States cover
Text copyright © 2006 by Lynne V. Cheney. Illustrations copyright © 2006 by Robin Preiss Glasser. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

7. Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by Lynne Cheney

Age group: Preschool/Kindergarten

Lead your curious reader across the United States, all while cuddled up on the couch! With fun and intriguing tidbits about each state (did you know that 90% of lobsters harvested in the U.S. come from Maine?), there’s something new to learn on every page.

Story of Johnny Appleseed cover
The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

8. The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki

Age group: Preschool

When Johnny Appleseed set off on a journey across America with a bag of apple seeds, a happy tune, and a skip in his step, he probably never knew he’d become a national legend. Kids will adore Johnny’s gentle, friendly nature and discover how something as small as apple seeds can make a world of difference.

9. I Am America by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Age group: Toddlers/Preschool

Filled with photos of American kids just being kids, this book celebrates the unique personality of the next generation along with the diversity that makes our country so special. To the future!

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