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Fourth of July
McDuff Saves the Day

McDuff Saves the Day

By: Rosemary Wells
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Level: 6-7

When Fred and Lucy’s delectable picnic is devoured by an army of creepy crawly critters, McDuff sets out to find some lunch for his family. With his nose to the ground, the determined Westie bumps into Mr. DiMaggio, who just happens to have more food than he knows what to do with! When a starving Fred and Lucy are invited to share Mr. DiMaggio’s picnic, new friendships blossom, appetites are satisfied, and McDuff is hailed hero of the day on 4th of July!

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The Graves Family Goes Camping

The Graves Family Goes Camping

By: Patricia Polacco
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 10-11

When the Graves family goes camping, so do all their ghoulish sidekicks—bats, spiders, and even their Venus flytrap. Yet nothing can prepare them for their latest companion: a fire-breathing dragon. The Graves family knows they’ve got to get rid of the dragon—especially after the giant beast accidentally soaks all the town’s fireworks just before the big Fourth of July celebration. The explosive solution is pure fun.

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Mailbox Mania

Mailbox Mania

By: Beverly Lewis
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Level: 10-11

The Fourth of July is on its way, and Abby Hunter has big plans. As president of the Cul-de-sac Kids, she declares “Mailbox Mania” on Blossom Hill Lane. The kids decorate their mailboxes. And choose a judge to vote for the winner! Before long, the friends are fighting and everyone is upset. Then a mysterious gift shows up in each of their mailboxes. Who hid the presents there? And why?

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Americana Adventure

Americana Adventure

By: Michael Garland
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 12-13

Celebrate the Fourth of July in a vibrant seek-and-find adventure. This fun-filled ode to America brims with patriotic spirit and more than 200 hidden objects to find. Tommy awakes on July Fourth to find a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a spectacular surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him. Tommy’s clues lead him on a magical cross-country trip through America’s great places and iconic traditions. From Times Square to Mount Rushmore, from a Mississippi riverboat to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Sleepytown Beagles Penny's 4th Of July

Sleepytown Beagles Penny’s 4th Of July

By: Timothy Glass
Publisher: Platinum Paw Press
Level: 8-9

Sleepytown Beagles, Penny’s 4th of July is the second book in the Sleepytown Beagles series. It takes your child on another journey into a peaceful and secure place where they can visualize and drift off to sleep. In this story, Penny shares the valuable lesson she learned about dealing with her fears. Enjoy this journey with the lovable characters of the Sleepytown Beagles.

Also check out:  Sleepytown Beagles Differences and Sleepytown Beagles Oh Brother!

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The Fourth of July Story

The Fourth of July Story

By: Alice Dalgliesh
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 8-9

What happened on the Fourth of July long before there were fireworks and parades? Alice Dalgliesh takes young readers back to revolutionary times, back to the colonists’ desire for freedom and the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

Simple text captures the excitement of the era, telling how word of Independence travelled up and down the thirteen colonies, touching the lives of everyday people throughout the land.

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Star Spangled Banner

Star Spangled Banner

By: E. Rachel
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 6-7

Patriotic images of everything from historical events to baseball games to children marching in 4th of July parades accompany the words of our national anthem. This timely book brings a modern narrative to the song that was written more than 175 years ago.

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Biscuit's Fourth of July

Biscuit’s Fourth of July

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Biscuit celebrates America’s birthday. There’s a parade and fireworks to watch, and lots of treats to share with friends and family. Unfold the flaps to see what surprises are in store this Fourth of July.

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Hurray for the Fourth of July

Hurray for the Fourth of July

By: Wendy Watson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 6-7

In a small Vermont town a family celebrates the Fourth of July by attending a parade, having a picnic, and watching fireworks.

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Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags: The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols

By: James Cross Giblin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 12-13

This spirited look at our national birthday explores the stories behind the familiar symbols of the Fourth of July and tells how they have come to be associated with the holiday. It will make the Fourth of July more meaningful for readers young and old.

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