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What’s More American?

Posted on: June 30, 2009

It’s “What’s More American?” week at Kuna Library, where we celebrate the sights, sounds, and songs of the Fourth.  Families coming to our summer reading program (Tuesday @ 10:30 & 1:30, Wednesday @ 1:30) can expect some fresh takes on our classic tribute, with—of course!—the traditional Fourth of July parade.  Plan to be there, with your red, white, and blue on! (And sunscreen, too, of course…)

If you’re looking for some patriotic reads to celebrate the week and get you through the long weekend, consider these:

Adult Fiction:

the hornet's nestThe Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter.  Yep, that Jimmy Carter.  This presidentially penned novel is the story of the American Revolution as it takes place in the South.  Spun carefully with lots of well-researched facts, this novel shows readers the effects of the revolution on American families.

Adult Non Fiction:

John Adams by David McCullough.  A triumph of 2001, this new classic is still a must-read for American history buffs.  (If you’re not up for the task, you can check out the HBO film about this founding father.)

Young Adults:

The Capital Mysteries Series: This series, designed for young readers, takes kids from the Smithsonian to the Lincoln Memorial, all in a way that’s fun and exciting.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series) 

Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Still a classic!)

Kate and the Spies: The American Revolution 1775 by JoAnn A. Grote


apple pie fourth of julyApple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong:  A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.  Will anyone eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July?  This book emphasizes the idea of a common American heritage as well as the idea that Americans are nothing if not unpredictable.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags : The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Cross Giblin

Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet ZiefertBig George : How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne F. Rockwell

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