From a very young age, we have introduced new topics to our girls through seasonal activities and stacks of books. Whether we are learning about the beach, the solar system, or U.S. History, my girls love pouring over books from the library to discover new ideas.
During the month of June, we’ll be focusing our family read-aloud time on topics related to American history, symbols, and famous citizens who have impacted our nation. This list of patriotic books is by no means the “ultimate guide,” but it will hopefully give you a starting point when you go to the library or book store.
Note: I suggest you read through these books (or any history book) personally before reading them aloud to your children or sitting them out for independent reading time. Our nation’s history is full of war, tragedy, and unfair events. While I always answer my daughters’ questions honestly, I also strive not to expose them to things they are not yet ready for emotionally.
Patriotic Books for Kids
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Alexander Hamilton: A Plan for America by Sarah Albee
The American Story by Jennifer Armstrong
Flags and Seals by Erinn Banting
Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare by Gene Barretta
Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? by Teresa Bateman
America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
The Children’s Book of America by William J. Bennett
Smart About the Fifty States by Jon Buller, et al.
The Wall by Eve Bunting
A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? by Jean Fritz
This Little President : A Presidential Primer by Joan Holub
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
Across America, I Love You by Christine Loomis
Coming to America: The Story of Immigration by Betsy Maestro
The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America by Peter Spier
So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence by Judith St. George
The United States Flag by Amanda Doering Tourville
Just Like Abraham Lincoln by Bernard Waber
The History of the White House by Kate Waters
Finding new books at the library can be a fun way to kick off a study of U.S. history! You can click here for our favorite patriotic resources and a simple sensory bin or here to download our Patriotic Family Activity Guide with 40 learning ideas for kiddos ages 2-6.