Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip to Washington D.C., celebrating the Fourth of July or Memorial Day, or just looking to learn more about the U.S.A., there’s a number of great picture books to prepare for your next adventure.
Books with beautiful illustrations, interesting stories, and captivating prose have made this list of 50 Best Picture books about America. We always read books based on upcoming travels, holidays, events, and projects. The books help us to prepare for what we’ll experience and give us deeper meaning when we actually partake.
The boys learn so much more about what we’re working on when they connect it to what we’ve read about. Honestly, my husband and I have learned a great deal from this book list too!
Dive into your next great adventure with this curated list of the best picture books about America.
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This little book presents the story of the founding of America in words that are simple enough for a toddler to understand. Vibrant illustrations paired with the text help to create the connection between the story of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution and today’s Fourth of July festivities. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to the history and meaning behind Independence Day. Ages 2-5.
This little board book introduces young children to the story of how the words to our national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ came to be written, when Francis Scott Key witnessed a battle in the war of 1812 and memorialized it in a moving poem. In addition, toddlers will learn basic ‘flag manners.’ This board book, here in a fresh size and updated design, will be a wonderful addition to a family’s library of patriotic and historical books — and easy for little hands to grasp. Ages 2-5.
It’s the Fourth of July! Parent and child eagles celebrate America’s birthday in best-selling author-illustrator Martha Day Zschock’s Hello! board book series for children. In Hello, Fourth of July! join the pair as they spend the day surrounded by the red, white and blue. Along the way, take in a parade, view historical paintings and statues, hit the beach, and enjoy great food at a picnic and barbecue, topping off the day with a colorful fireworks display! For ages 2-5. Made in the USA.
The Bear family and their Bear Country neighbors celebrate the Fourth of July with a big parade. But not before the cubs get a lesson about the blessings of freedom for their country. Features 12 full-color stickers.
It’s the night before the Fourth of July and all across the United States people are getting ready for hot dogs and fireworks. Decked in red, white, and blue, a family heads to a parade, hosts a backyard BBQ with friends and family, dodges an afternoon thundershower, and of course, watches a fireworks show. The Night Before the Fourth of July captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!
For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has stood proudly in New York Harbor, welcoming people from near and far. Perfect for reading together with a young child, L Is for Liberty uses simple language and bold illustrations to celebrate the statue, her history, and the freedom she stands for.