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Summer Unplugged: Fourth of July

Fourth of July! We’re headed down to the beach this weekend to celebrate, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite books about the US and the American Revolution.

Picture Books

Chapter Books
  • King George: What Was His Problem?: The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin and Tim Robinson – You already know I love Steve Sheinkin because of Bomb! and this one is full of humor, interesting facts, and a basic overview of the whole Revolution. 
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes – This Newbery winner has long been one of my favorites about a silversmith apprentice who loses his career dreams after an accident burns his hand. In the aftermath, he becomes a rider delivering messages and finds himself on the front lines of the early battles of the war. 
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson – I love this well-written and less-well-known take on the Revolutionary War about the slaves who saw their masters fighting for independence from Britain and wondered if they could find their own freedom during the fight as well. 
  • Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz and Tomie dePaola – Jean Fritz is a master at making history interesting for children. Don’t miss this one.  

A Few Crafts, Activities, and Recipes:

This week’s giveaway is a little different because I posted it yesterday as part of the 14 Days of Summer Love Giveaway running for the rest of the week.

It’s a $100 credit to Wrenn Jewelry (her stuff is amazing!) – go check it out and enter

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  • Reply Elaine June 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Here are my Revolution links:; Fraction Fireworks:; and some videos of the Boston Pops 4th of July Esplanade Concert:
    Did you go when you were living here? Crowds are amazing but it is a great event.

  • Reply Elaine June 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Oh, and some Independence Day crafts from Enchanted Learning:

  • Reply april July 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Oh, this is a fun list. Spencer loves history (he didn't get it from me). I got him a chapter book about Thomas Jefferson yesterday at the library bookstore, but I'll be on the lookout for these.

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