Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July Recipes for a Patriotic Book Picnic

Happy Fourth of July!  It's that time of year when we all get together to celebrate the freedoms our country enjoys and to pay tribute to those brave men and women who fought for those freedoms.  For teachers, it also marks the halfway point for summer, so it's a little bittersweet!  I wish all of you a safe and happy holiday, and I would also like to say thank you to our country's forefathers (and mothers) who risked everything to make this nation independent and free!
Now, what do you take to a Fourth of July picnic?  Books, of course!  Here are my favorite patriotic titles and food pairings that make fabulous red, white, and blue contributions to the celebratory smorgasbord! 
Pair white-chocolate-covered strawberries with sprinkles with America the Beautiful: Together We Stand!
  America the Beautiful: Together We Stand
You'll love George Vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides while enjoying healthy fruit kabobs!

Start your day laughing with some tasty toast and Crankee Doodle!


Pair a delicious pizza with Henry and the Cannons - you can't go wrong!
Who doesn't love a beautiful trifle?  Triple it up with Chains and Forge!
Hungry for some cookies?  Read John, Paul, George, & Ben while you're eating them!
Bring a cool drink with you as your travel back in time to the American Revolution with George Washington's Socks and Revolutionary War on Wednesday!
We all love jello!  Enjoy this dessert while reading We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States!
One if by land, two if by sea...cupcakes and Paul Revere's Ride!
  Paul Revere's Ride
Enjoy The Flag We Love while devouring cake pops!
 Sit at a beautifully decorated picnic table while reading The Winter of the Red Snow!
There's nothing more American than apple pie!  Pair it up with Revolutionary Friends!


How about some watermelon?  Don't you love watermelon in July?  Share it with The Star Spangled Banner!

  The Star Spangled Banner (Paperback): Francis Scott Key, Susan Winget
Do you have any favorite books to share with children on the Fourth of July?  If so, please share them!  I know there are many more.
Enjoy the fireworks, food, and fanfare today!


  1. You are a busy lady! I love reading your posts. Happy Fourth! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thanks, Brandee! Summer has given me time to write and read! :-)

  2. I would definitely add Kate Messner's book, Capture the Flag. I love Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's one of my favorite historical fiction books and one I often recommend to my students.

    1. Oh yes, of course! The problem with writing book lists is that you always wish you had included one that you forgot at the time! Oh well. Thanks for mentioning it! I loved Capture the Flag!