Happy Independence Day 2018!
As we remember the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it’s hard not for me to be reminded about how privileged we are to live in a nation where there is so much opportunity for its citizens. It is not always easy to see these advantages, but in light of current world events, Americans should be so lucky we are living in a land of forward-thinking problem solvers that make this nation great – not unlike the men who founded this nation.
I’ve compiled a list of both historical fiction and non-fiction books that tell the stories of the people and events that shaped our country. It’s by no means exhaustive, but it should be enough to get a conversation started.
However you celebrate the holiday, have fun and be safe!
A History of US: The First Americans: Prehistory – 1600 (A History of US, Book 1) by Joy Hakim; 978-0195327151
A History of US: Making Thirteen Colonies: 1600-1740 (A History of US, Book 2) by Joy Hakim; 978-0195327168
A History of US: From Colonies to Country: 1735-1791 (A History of US, Book 3) by Joy Hakim; 978-0195327175
The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert; 978-1556524561
The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry, illustrations by Meredith Johnson; 978-0824918941
Guts & Glory: The American Revolution by Ben Thompson; 978-0316312097
American Revolution: A Nonfiction Companion to Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illustrated by Sal Murdocca; 978-0375823794
The Fourth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh, illustrated by Marie Nonnast; 978-0689718762
Squanto: Friend Of The Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Peter Buchard; 978-0590440554
The Loyalists and The Patriots: The Revolutioary War Factions by Baby Professor; 978-1541911093
George Vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides by Rosalyn Schanzer; 978-1426300424
Who Was Abigail Adams? by True Kelley, illustrations by John O’Brien; 978-0448478906
Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley Jr., illustrations by John O’Brien; 978-0448482439
Who Was Ben Franklin? by Dennis Brindell Fradin, illustrations by John O’Brien; 978-0448424958
George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War by Thomas B. Allen
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky, illustrations by Paul Lee; 978-0763660918
The Role of Women in The American Revolution by Baby Professor; 978-1541911109
One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Book 1) by Nathan Hale; 978-1419703966
Lafayette! (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Book 8) by Nathan Hale; 978-1419731488
Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider by Jean Fritz; 978-0142419861
Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History by Don Brown; 978-1596439986
What Was The Boston Tea Party? by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Lauren Mortimer; 978-0448462882
You Wouldn’t Want to Be at The Boston Tea Party: Wharf Tea You’d Rather Not Drink by Peter Cook, illustrated David Anstram; 978-0531238561
Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters, illustrated by Larry Day; 978-0147511621
Liberty! How The Revolutionary War Began by Lucille Recht Penner, illustrations by David Wenzel; 978-0375822001
What Is The Declaration of Independence? by Michael C. Harris, illustrated by Jerry Hoare; 978-0448486925
What Is The Constitution? By Patricia Brennan Demuth, illustrated by Tim Foley; 978-1524786090