Happy (belated) 4th of July, everyone! Hope you’re all feeling rested and refreshed after a weekend of all-American activities. The 4th has always been my favorite non-gift-giving holiday, mostly for the food and fireworks—guess I never really outgrew being a pyro. In fact, this 4th, I was thrilled to discover that Connecticut has relaxed their fireworks laws—picked up some great Roman candles and other assorted goodies at Stop & Shop. No M-80s, but still, it’s a start!
Visiting my folks in CT, who are in driving distance of the beach, I’ll admit that books weren’t at the forefront of my thoughts (gasp). But as I watched Henry prance around the yard waving a little American flag, I did start to wonder a little about how to explain the holiday to him. So, back in the City last night, I combed through his bookshelves and discovered to my chagrin that we really didn’t have much for him—a copy of Lynne Cheney’s AMERICA: A PATRIOTIC PRIMER (which, no joke, is a really good book, but way too old for Henry), but that’s about it.
Thinking about my own reading, though, most of the books I remember from childhood, like Jean Fritz’s Revolutionary-era stories on Patrick Henry and John Hancock, would be too old for Henry. And doing a little Amazon surfing this morning, it seems like the bulk of Americana for kids is either in the early reader format or aimed more for the 5-10 picture book readers than the younger end.
But maybe I’m just not finding them… so, I turn to you, dear readers. Anyone got any recommendations for young picture books on America? Think of it as your patriotic duty…