America the Beautiful (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Neil Waldman
Vibrant landscapes from across the nation illustrate the first verse of Katharine Lee Bates' famous patriotic song. A wonderful way to introduce young children to an American classic!
Betsy Ross: Designer of Our Flag (ages 8-12)
Written by Ann Weil
Part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series, this classic biography reads more like a romantic adventure than a textbook or reference work. Children, especially, will delight in the tales of Ross's childhood. Older readers will enjoy the work as well, but will find that it provides relatively limited information about Ross's adult years.
By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 6-10)
Written by Steven Kroll; illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Beautifully illustrated account of the writing of the national anthem in historical context. Begins with the War of 1812 and ends with a look at Key's final years and the growing popularity of his poem.
The Flag We Love (ages 4 and up)
Written by Pam Munoz Ryan; illustrated by Ralph Masiello
This tribute to the American flag is geared toward young children, but suitable for readers of all ages. Each right-hand page of the book is filled with a colorful painting, while the facing page contains a smaller picture, a four-line verse, and several facts about the flag.
Red, White and Blue: The Story of the American Flag (ages 4-8)
Written by John Herman; illustrated by Robin Roraback
Easy-to-read book tells how America's flag came into being. Geared toward the youngest readers, it manages to include the sort of fun trivia and little-known facts one might expect to find in a much longer book.
Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Story of America's Symbols (ages 8-12)
Written by Teresa Bateman; illustrated by John O'Brien
Geared toward upper elementary and middle school students, this book traces the history of 17 American symbols, ranging from the U.S. flag to Uncle Sam. The two to four pages devoted to each symbol provide enough information for young researchers, but oon't overwhelm them with detail. It's light-hearted, relatively easy to read, and capable of captiviating even children who don't think they like history.
The Star Spangled Banner (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Features bold, bright illustrations perfect for younger kids along with the complete text of the National Anthem as penned by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812.
The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 8-12)
By Deborah Kent
Part of the Cornerstones of Freedom series, this library-quality book tells not only how Francis Scott Key came to write the lyrics for the song, but how that song eventually became our national anthem.
The Star-Spangled Banner (ages 4-8)
Illustrated by Peter Spier
This version of the National Anthem features Francis Scott Key's classic lyrics alongside Peter Spier's well-researched pictoral history of the War of 1812. Fun and informative sidebars are sure to thrill readers of ages.
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