How does your family celebrate the Fourth of July? Do you put on red, white, and blue and head to parades, host barbecues, go to the beach, or watch firework shows? Does your preschooler know why we celebrate this day? Here are some books to read with your child and learn about Independence Day and many American traditions.
Daniel’s First Fireworks (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) by Becky Friedman and Jason Fruchter
Sometimes new things are scary! Daniel and his family are planning to take a picnic to the beach where they will watch a firework show. Daniel’s sister Margaret is afraid of the firefly bugs, and Daniel becomes afraid of the loud boom of the fireworks. This story about first experiences can help your preschooler if they are afraid of fireworks or other new experiences.
Hello, Fourth of July by Martha Day Zschock
In this book, a parent and a child eagle participate in many typical Fourth of July events. The book also introduces preschoolers to several national symbols and events from the United States’ past. Your preschooler is sure to enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of the book as well as the colorful illustrations.
Red, White, and Boom! By Lee Wardlaw
Visit the sights and hear the sounds of a Fourth of July parade, a picnic at the beach, and a firework show in the park. This is also a rhyming book. It is great for introducing some of the traditions associated with this holiday celebration as well.
Fourth of July (Holidays in Rhythm and Rhyme) by Emma Carlson Berne and Luke Flowers
Some people refer to the Fourth of July as America’s birthday. This book not only shows some of America’s Fourth of July traditions, but it also tells how America was founded. If you purchase the book, it includes online music access to enhance the reading of the story.
Whether you plan to have a relaxing family picnic or a more extravagant block party, have a safe and fun Fourth of July celebration!
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