It’s no surprise that I love to gear our morning basket books to upcoming holidays. I sometimes even take it a step further and create an entire unit study on the topic. The fourth of July is coming soon and in the chaos of barbeques, vacations, and playdates with friends I didn’t want to miss out on the learning opportunities that this holiday brings. We live in such an amazing nation and this book list will get your kids appreciating our country for all the diversity and beauty that it holds.
Here are 7 books that will be in our morning basket for the week of Independence Day.
Wonders of the USA– This book is really special. It’s called a Shine-a-Light book because it has little hidden pictures on each page that you have to shine a flashlight under or hold them up to a light to reveal. In Wonders of the USA, your kids will get tons of non-fiction information about different monuments and cities of our country in such a fun way! I know my reluctant readers love any of the shine-a-light books because they are just so unique. Why not try getting cozy in a blanket fort with a flashlight and learn about some of America’s special places.
Across the USA Activity Book– This new release from Kane Miller Publishers is a perfect addition for your kids to use alongside of their picture books. With stickers, mazes, word searches, and more your kids will soak in all the knowledge they can about the USA! Riley and Robbie always devour their Usborne Books & More activity books without any coaxing from me and I have a feeling this one will be no different- mom win!
State Capitals– Another new release from Kane Miller Publishing is State Capitals. This gorgeous hardback book goes through the capital city of each state in a bright and fun way! Your kids will learn facts about each state flag, landmarks, wildlife and more. I plan on pairing this one with one of our favorite games, Scrambled States of America for some extra fun!
I Love You Americanly– The writing is beautiful and flowing in this fun picture book. Let’s not forget the awesome vocabulary words your kids will learn from this one, hello adverbs! If your child is more into storybooks than non-fiction, this book is a perfect one to sneak in some educational facts during storytime. Love, love, love it!
50 States in Every Vehicle-Calling all vehicles loving kids- here’s another fun picture book to learn about the geography of the USA as well as loads of vehicles! Follow a family as they travel through all 50 states in different vehicles and see where they end up, so fun! I love the bright illustrations in this book, and my kids had fun guessing where the family would end up at the end of the book.
My Daddy is a Hero and My Mommy is a Hero– These two sweet, rhyming books are great to teach young kids all about the different branches and jobs in the military. It’s so important to teach our kids to be grateful for all the men and women who are serving and have served our country even if they do not have a family member serving. It can be a tough concept for young children to grasp. I know my kids have asked me what do Army people do and I had no idea how to respond right away, so I’m really glad we have these books now. These would, of course, be especially great books for children who do have parents in the military.
Let me know which books you’d love to read with your children. Have a safe and fun Fourth of July everyone!
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