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BOOK LIST: PATRIOTIC BOOKS
There are so many different holidays that might have you searching for patriotic books and activities for your preschool & kindergarten littles…4th of July, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, or even Election Day!
Keep reading to check out some of our favorite preschool patriotic books that can be used for a variety of American holidays. They include both fiction & nonfiction choices, and they’ll make your Patriotic Theme SO much more fun!
PATRIOTIC BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
The Night Before the Fourth of July: This book is part of Natasha Wing’s series for special days in a child’s life. This specific edition looks into the anticipation of 4th of July and how many families celebrate this holiday. Your little ones will be able to read about the excitement of the parades, food, fireworks and of course, special time with family!
Sweet Land of Liberty: Your little ones will learn alongside Ellis the Elephant about how America became the land of the free. Ellis knows the wonderful world of history and knowledge that books can hold, so he heads to the library to uncover how America became the land of the free. From when the pilgrims landed in their new land to putting the first man on the moon (and everything in between!), Ellis learns how so many different cultures have come to call America their home.
How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A: Nothing screams America quite like cherry pie! Travel through some of America’s great states to see some of the fun things they have to offer. Travel to New York, Mississippi, Washington and more on a search for tools and ingredients to make America’s famous cherry pie. The very detailed pictures depict each state’s terrain and culture so your littles can learn about what the different states have to offer. A cherry pie recipe is included so you and your little ones can bake together, too!
I Pledge Allegiance: Libby’s great aunt, Lobo (meaning wolf in Spanish) studied very hard to pass her American citizenship test. Now that Lobo has passed the test, she will go to a special place to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. As Lobo prepares for this great day, Libby and her classmates also prepare with her, practicing the Pledge of Allegiance all week. Not only will your little learn the Pledge of Allegiance with this book, but they will also learn the meaning behind it and the reason why we hold the Pledge of Allegiance in such high regard. Of course, learning a few Spanish words and phrases along the way is also a nice bonus! *Note: This is a bit of a longer book, but the fun pictures and interesting story will help keep your little ones engaged.
Red White, and Blue and Katie Woo: This young reader’s chapter book is perfect for your kindergarteners! Everybody loves America’s birthday, and Katie Woo is no different. Follow along with Katie and her friends as they enjoy a parade, party, and of course, fireworks! Katie and her friends encounter some setbacks in the day, but they are able to see the positive in each situation and still have a fantastic day. Enjoy the additional discussion questions, writing prompts, and a recipe to cook alongside Katie, found in the back of the book.
This Little President – A Presidential Primer: This is a great book to teach your littles not only about the history of presidents, but also about the great characteristics of each. This book encourages honesty, intelligence, and bravery. Preschoolers will learn about the first president to live in the White House as well as the president who made National Parks and Preserved Forestland. This is a short, engaging book with interesting bright pictures that will help keep your preschoolers engaged.
Pie is for Sharing: Picnic time! The best part about 4th of July is sharing time with our friends and family. Join in on the picnic fun with pies, jump rope, the beach, music and so much more. This book includes beautiful images to depict the joy that comes with 4th of July.
Vote for Our Future: Every vote counts! This book is perfect to explain the importance of voting, why we vote, and how we vote. It’s so important to teach our young kids that they can be involved with the voting process, even though they can’t actually vote yet. Plus, this book will help prepare them for when the time comes for them to vote. We LOVE this patriotic preschool book! It’s fun and engaging with detailed pictures and a story that is so easy to follow along with.
My Fourth of July: Many of us love to celebrate 4th of July with parades, picnics, and entertainment. Not only is 4th of July full of fun activities, but we also get to spend so much extra time with our friends and families. We love reading this book because it shows the importance that holidays have in shaping young minds, and the memories they make during these special events will last a lifetime!
My America: America is home to so many amazing people! Meet some of the people that have come to America to make it their new home. This is a perfect book to teach our littles about immigration and the great melting pot that is America. Not only will your littles learn about America, but they will also learn a little bit about other countries that American Citizens used to call home.
Apple Pie 4th of July: The 4th of July is not just about hamburgers, hot dogs, and apple pie. It’s about what makes America so special, which is the people and their cultures. Some people in America have to work on the 4th of July, and they open their stores and businesses just as if it were any other day. We love reading this book because it shows that not everyone’s 4th of July looks the same, and that is what is beautiful about America.
Fourth of July Mice: The Parade is starting! Follow along with the mice as they march through the parade, have a yummy picnic, play games, go swimming, and watch fireworks. The mice sure do have an adventurous day, and it’ll be so much fun to read all about it with your little ones.
Parade Colors: This is the perfect book if your little ones are learning their colors. It’s a quick read that is accompanied by bright colorful pictures. You get to see all the beautiful vibrant colors that are on full display during a 4th of July parade.
PATRIOTIC BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Rolling Thunder: This book follows along with a grandson and grandfather as they participate in the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. This motorcycle ride happens every year in Washington DC to honor America’s veterans. The illustrations perfectly capture the love, joy, honor, and sadness that come with this Memorial Day celebration.
The Star-Spangled Banner: This book is paired with beautiful illustrations that depict the visuals of The Star-Spangled Banner. This book is packed full of history that leads up to the poem that Francis Scott Key wrote, that we now know as The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as the history that follows it.
This Land is Your Land: What a beautiful depiction of This Land is Your Land paired with amazing illustrations. It’s breathtaking to think of the different landscapes and cultures that our beloved country has! Even with the differences from California to New York, this land was made for each and every one of us.
Hero Dad: Some heroes are on our TV screens…they fight the bad guys and keep us safe. And some heroes are our dads, friends, and loved ones that protect us and our country every day. This is a fun engaging book for your little ones, with detailed illustrations that they’ll love.
Hero Mom: Our moms are our heroes! These moms are heroes that work to defend our country. These super moms lead battalions, fly helicopters, help people who are sick and hurt, and so much more. We honor and respect those who serve our country as well as honoring and respecting their family members.
I am George Washington: Let’s learn all about George Washington, from when he was a little boy all the way until his presidency. George Washington was brave, smart, and a strong leader. All of his great characteristics made him our first president, someone who put the American people above himself. We love this book because it talks about the importance of what you do as a leader. You have to be kind and have courage to do the right thing for the people you are leading.
Blue Sky White Stars: This book has beautiful, detailed illustrations that your little ones will love. It’s a short read and shows the inspiration and connection with our American flag, from the past to our present day lives.
Lady Liberty’s Holiday: Lady Liberty is going on vacation! She travels all across the the United States from the Rocky Mountains to New Orleans, from the Florida Keys to the Kansas wheat fields, and everything in between. Lady Liberty is a symbol of freedom and an important part of the 4th of July celebration in New York. The question is, will Lady Liberty be back before the 4th of July celebration?
O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks and Inspiring Words: Learn all about America’s symbols, landmarks, and inspiring words that have shaped America’s history and have a very large impact on our daily lives. The illustrations are so colorful and fun, and they depict the symbols and landmarks so vividly. *Note: This is a longer book but would be perfect for breaking up throughout the week.
Red, White, and Boom: We love a good rhyming book! Celebrate 4th of July in some of America’s favorite ways…with parades, at the beach, and of course…with fireworks! This book has short rhyming phrases that help develop phonological awareness, accompanied by detailed pictures that depict our favorite parts of 4th of July.
Imogene’s Last Stand: Imogene is a lover of history! Join Imogene on her journey to restore her town’s old historic home, the Liddleville Historical Society. Once the house is restored is when the story (and journey) truly begin! Liddleville’s Mayor is on a mission to have the house taken down and put a shoelace factory in its place. Your little ones will learn about perseverance, standing your ground, and fighting for what you believe in…even when others might not stand with you.
Our Flag Was Still There: Flags have always been important symbols to countries. That is how they used to do most of their communicating from ship to ship. America needed a flag to communicate that this land belonged to America, and Mary Pickersgill was the woman to do it! Your littles will love this book and learning about America’s history.
NONFICTION PATRIOTIC BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Independence Day (Seedlings Series): Let’s celebrate together! Your littles will learn about the American flag, what the colonies were, what the Declaration of Independence is, and so much more! This book is a quick read and perfect for your young readers and learners. At the end of the book, there are also bonus vocabulary words and additional resources to continue your learning about Independence Day.
Independence Day (Bullfrog Series): Why do we celebrate 4th of July? Freedom, of course! How do we celebrate? With picnics, fireworks, parades, and yummy snacks! Your young learner will learn about different symbols for Independence Day and why Americans place so much value on them.
North American Animals Bald Eagles: Did you know that this American symbol is not actually bald? Bald eagles get their famous name from the white feathers on their head that make them look bald in comparison to the brown feathers on their bodies and wings. Learn all about these beautiful creatures, from where they live, to what they eat and…what I found the coolest…their large wingspan that can spread up to 7 feet!
Presidents’ Day (Bullfrog Series): Happy Presidents’ Day! The third Monday of February is the day we get to celebrate all of our presidents, from George Washington to Joe Biden and everyone in between. We celebrate Presidents’ Day to honor the hard work each president has put into leading our country.
Veterans Day (Bullfrog Series): November 11th is a special day for America. We honor and thank those who are in the armed forces. We celebrate this day in many different ways across the country. This is a quick read that will keep your littles engaged and learning all about Veterans’ Day!
One of our favorite things to do is pair books with treats, and this American Flag treat is perfect to pair with any of these patriotic books! We made these American Flag Rice Krispie Treats by following this recipe from Two Sisters Crafting & they were delicious!
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PATRIOTIC MATH & LITERACY PRINTABLES
I hope this book list helped you fill-in your patriotic lesson plans for your preschool classroom or homeschool. If you want an entire pack of printable math & literacy centers for this theme, check out my Amazing America Preschool Activity Pack that can be used for any patriotic holiday!
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