Mmmm…. Hot dogs and I’m not even going to lie to you and say that I prefer turkey dogs… I love a good Fourth of July hot dog. Independence day is my second favorite holiday after Halloween. I even tried my best to have a baby on the holiday. Maybe it’s because Julia Roberts’ son in Steel Magnolias was born on the 4th or it could just be because baby, I’m a firework.
Here are seven of my favorite and fun books to have around for the 4th.
1. Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. My daughters love Judy Moody, I can’t say I’m the biggest fan or very knowledgable on her but the fact that they chose this book on their own makes it my #1 choice! Judy Moody gets inspired after a family trip to Boston. The rest is her-story. Budumpshhhh!
2. The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry and illustrated by Meredith Johnson. These board books are THE BEST for toddlers and early ages. So far, they have survived 8 years in my household and I hope that all of the books in the “The Story of…” collection last for my grandkids and great grandkids lives. That’s if they are allowed to take books to Mars of course.
3. Hats off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Meredith Johnson. I love a beautifully illustrated book. I grew up in New York City and always dreamt of witnessing a small town 4th of July parade. This book is it. It is the perfect book to read before hitting your local 4th of July parade with your family. Will they see baseball players? Cars? Soldiers?
4. The Night before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Amy Wummer. This family knows how to par-tay. I love joining this adorable family as they go through all of their pre-fourth of July traditions and the mom is s chill about her husband not doing anything. It amazes me every time.
5. The Berenstain Bears, God Bless our Country by Mike Berenstain. Now, you know I LOVE the Berenstain Bears and their love for the fourth makes me love them that much more. Brother and Sister get very involved with all of our favorite parts of the fourth (e.g. hot dogs) and then get reeled in to remember why we celebrate at all.
6. Eloise and the Big Parade by Kay Thompson, Hillary Knight and Lisa McClachy and illustrated by Tammy Lyon. Eloise is always a good idea. Who else should you invite to your Fourth of July celebration than the coolest girl in Manhattan?
7. Corduroy’s Fourth of July created by Don Freeman and illustrated by Lisa McCue. Corduroy is a classic and so are his Fourth of July traditions. Corduroy and his friends enjoy a picnic, swimming pool and of course the pièce de résistance of every 4th, fireworks!
For more great Independence Day ideas, be sure to check out these awesome posts written by my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers:
- 7 Must Have Items For Your 4th of July Celebration by November Sunflower
- 7 Red, White & Blue Creations for 4th of July Fun by Happy Healthy Hip Parenting
- 7 Fun Fourth of July Wreaths by Family Review Guide
- Movies To Watch On Independence Day by Philzendia