Fabulous Fourth of July Books for Families

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What comes to your mind when you think of the Fourth of July? In addition to celebrating our country’s independence, it also brings to mind lots of happy summer memories and celebrations for me. From fireworks and cookouts to picnics and beach trips, there are a lot of symbols and traditions that people connect with the holiday. There are a lot of great Fourth of July books to introduce kids to all the excitement of the holiday! I hope you find some new family favorites to share while celebrating America’s birthday!

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Fun Fourth of July Traditions

The Night Before the Fourth of July was written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer. In this installment of her Night Before series, the story follows a family as they celebrate the holiday by attending a parade, hosting a BBQ and more! The cheery illustrations and flowing rhymes make this a fun read aloud. This is a great book for introducing kids to all of the fun traditions of the holiday.

Fourth of July Mice was written by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Doug Cushman. This story follows a family of mice as they celebrate all of the fun traditions that Fourth of July offers. They march in a parade, have a picnic, play games, go swimming and watch fireworks. The text is simple and has a nice flowing rhyme, making it a good book for early readers. Young kids will enjoy the bright and colorful depictions of the mice family having fun together. We have the older picture book version of this book, but it now comes in an early reader version as well.

Hats Off for the Fourth of July was written by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Gus Miller. This is a fun story about the parade that takes place in Chatham on the Fourth of July. Bright and colorful illustrations accompany the peppy rhyming story. Kids will enjoy seeing all of the fun parade acts depicted on the pages, as well as the steady rhythm of the text.

Corduroy’s Fourth of July was written by Don Freeman and illustrated by Lisa McCue. This is a sweet board book which outlines all of the fun things that Corduroy and his friends do together to celebrate the 4th of July. The simple text and colorful illustrations make this a great book for very young bookworms.

Celebrating Symbols of America

L is for Liberty was written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Laura Freeman Hines. This is a great book for introducing kids to the Statue of Liberty and what she represents. The story takes you through a brief history of the statue, including how she came to America. It also talks about the Fourth of July and why we celebrate it. This is a great way to introduce the reason behind the holiday to very young kids. They will also enjoy the bold and colorful illustrations which show the Statue of Liberty while it is being built, and as it stands over the harbor welcoming people to this country.

F is for Flag was written by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and illustrated by Barbara Duke. This is a wonderful book to introduce kids to the symbols or our country – especially our flag. The book takes the reader through the history of the flag, and also discusses the pledge and the national anthem. The colorful illustrations accompanying the text show many places that kids may see the American flag as well.

Celebrating America

Apple Pie 4th of July was written by Janet S. Wong and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. This book tells the story of a young Chinese American girl who is upset when her parents are making lots of Chinese food to sell in their store on the 4th of July. She insists that no one will want to buy Chinese food on a holiday celebrating America. Her parents continue preparing the food though, and the girl learns a surprising lesson about the holiday and the United States. The illustrations accompanying the story are beautiful and colorful, and they reflect the character’s changing emotions. This is a great book for teaching kids how the United States is made up of many different cultures.

Good Night America was written by Adam Gamble and illustrated by Suwin Chan. This addition to the Good Night Our World series introduces readers to places and animals all around the United States. The beautiful illustrations help kids to explore various landmarks across the country, while giving them a great reminder of all the amazing things this country has to offer.

Fourth of July books




  • candy

    June 19, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    I am going to see if our local library has any of these books. Leading up to the 4th of July these would be fun to read to my grandchildren.

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

      I love preparing for a holiday with some themed books!

  • Devon

    June 19, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

    Great post! I did a similar one and some of the books were the same but you found some that I didn’t. It’s great to encourage reading using holidays.

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

      I agree! I love getting out new books for the holidays! I will have to check out your list too!

  • Jessica Peresta

    June 19, 2017 at 10:32 am Reply

    These all look like awesome books! I haven’t heard of a few of them. It is so important to me to educate my children about why we celebrate 4th of July.

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      I agree! I love that there are some great kid’s books available now to introduce the different traditions and symbols of the holidays to our kids!

  • Krystal Miller

    June 19, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Great choices here! I didn’t realize Natasha Wing had released a July 4th book. We’ll need to check that one out!

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      I love her Night Before series! They make it on almost all of my holiday lists, haha. She does such a great job of talking about all of the symbols and traditions in a fun way!

  • Marissa Writes

    June 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

    I love this collection! I would love for you to share it with my little book community in my weekly link up, Encouraging Hearts & Home – it opens Thursdays, and I’d love to see you there!

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      I will check it out! Thanks!

  • Clair

    June 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Great list of 4th of July books! ❤️

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    June 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I love Natasha Wing’s The Night Before series. My daughter has always loved her books.

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 10:43 pm Reply

      Me too! She does such a great job of introducing kids to the symbols and traditions of every holiday in a fun way!

  • Tabitha Blue

    June 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm Reply

    We love books in our house and this post makes me want to head to the library tomorrow!!!!

    • Vicki

      June 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Victoria

    June 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Great book collection!

  • Jehava

    June 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Great collection!! This is great!

  • Alfa Sengupta

    June 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm Reply

    These are awesome suggestions! Thank you!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    June 20, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

    This might sound crazy – we have so many themed holiday books, but it never occurred to me to buy the kids 4th of July books. Guess a trip to the bookstore is in the cards for us this week!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      I thought I had a good amount of books for each holiday before my daughter was born, but then when I started reading them to my daughter before each holiday, I realized how many I was missing!

  • Kristi File

    June 20, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply

    Such awesome options! We love The Night Before the Fourth of July! Can’t wait to add more of these books to our collection. Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm Reply

      I love her books for all holidays! I hope you find some new favorites on here!

  • Daynia Anthony

    June 20, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

    I love this book collection

  • Jessie

    June 20, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply

    We have Apple Pie 4th of July! I’ll have check out the others.

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

      It is such a good one! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice

    June 20, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

    I’ll have to add a few of these to our library queue. I love having a collection of books out as an invitation for my kids and some of these would be perfect for my younger son.

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

      I love bringing out books for each new holiday that approaches! I hope your kids love them!

  • The Mommy Doc

    June 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply

    This is really helpful! Love that you’ve featured books talking about the holiday from so many different perspectives!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

      I love giving families a variety of books to choose from. I think it is important for kids to learn about the reason behind a holiday, but also to enjoy a light book about the fun traditions as well!

  • Ashley

    June 20, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I’m glad to see that our local library has some of these books! I love adding holiday books to our collection each year, and I think this year will be the “L for Libery” book.

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      A great addition! I love having new books to share with my daughter for each holiday.

  • April Kitchens

    June 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply

    I’m going to put some of these on hold at our library!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Hanna

    June 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    AWE! Love this Patriotic book collection!!

  • Erin @ burdenfreecaregiving.com

    June 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    These books look amazing. I wish we had known about these when we had a little one to read to.

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm Reply

      I love that there are so many great themed books available now!

  • Daneen Rogers

    June 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm Reply

    What a great list! I wish I had little kids again (sometimes)…lol…I pinned this to my kid stuff board on Pinterest!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you can share them with other littles!

  • Kariann

    June 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I have fond memories of reading Corduroy books when I was younger so this is fun to see a 4th of July themed one!

    • Vicki

      June 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

      I love finding themed books with some favorite familiar characters!

  • Justine @ Little Dove

    June 21, 2017 at 1:37 am Reply

    The Night Before Fourth of July looks really cute! I really need to pick up some more patriotic books for my kiddos.

    • Vicki

      June 21, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      I love the Night Before books! I hope they enjoy it!

  • Meredith

    June 21, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

    These are such cool options! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a fourth of July book, but now I need to get one!

    • Vicki

      June 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

      I love all of the options available now!

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee

    June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    These are great suggestions, so many choices! Corduroy has always been a favorite of mine, I will definitely have to check out his 4th of July book!

    • Vicki

      June 29, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy it! I like having holiday books with favorite characters.

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