Wednesday, July 22, 2009

American History for your Elementary Age Children

A great way to introduce American History to your child is through picture books. Jean Fritz is a beloved children's book biographer born in China. She lived there until she was 13 years old, and her parents were missionaries. Her father often told her stories of American heroes, and she became fascinated and longed for a sense of heritage and belonging. She was an only child and found solace in writing. Her books target older elementary aged students. They have a lot more words and are kind of lengthy. Definitely not bedtime stories unless you are planning an all-nighter! However, you can break them up throughout the week. She uses different illustrators which changes things up a bit.

I own the following seven books:

Will You Sign Here John Hancock?
Who's that Stepping on Plymouth Rock?
Where was Patrick Henry on May 29th of May?

Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
Where do you think you're going, Christopher Columbus?
George Washington's Breakfast
The Great Little Madison

And there's still more:

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Can't You Make Them Believe King George?
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
You Want Women to Vote Lizzie Stanton?
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt

Be sure to look for them in your local library.

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