4 Titles to Learn More About the 4th

These four titles share new perspectives on some of the people and events surrounding our nation's independence.

These four titles share new information and perspectives on some of the people and events surrounding our nation's independence. 

The four covers juxtaposed against a colonial American flag.

Forgotten Founders by Mifflin Lowe. illus. by William Luong. Bushel & Peck. ISBN 9781638190929. 
Gr 2-5–Showcasing the diversity that has always been an integral part of America, this informative book introduces readers to some of the amazing men and women who helped shape a new nation. This book will delight visual learners, history lovers, and trivia enthusiasts. It would also validate the diversity of the United States’s heroes, encourage critical thinking, and inspire further research.

The World Turned Upside Down: The Yorktown Victory That Won America’s Independence by Tim Grove. Abrams. ISBN 9781419749940. 
Gr 5 Up–Grove’s history of the final military conflict of the Revolutionary War is told from many viewpoints. Ranging from commanding officers (George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Charles Cornwallis) to a enslaved-person-turned-spy (James Armistead Lafayette), the voices weave together the war’s final battle, the Battle of Yorktown. In order to place the titular event in context, Grove delves deeply into the entire Revolutionary War. 

Revolutionary Prudence Wright: Leading the Minute Women in the Fight for Independence by Beth Anderson. illus. by Susan Reagan. Calkins Creek. ISBN 9781644720578. 
Gr 1-4–An episode of the American Revolution not widely taught. Prudence Wright had an idea that the women of her town could stage their own rebellious acts by doing small things against unjust British laws, so they refused to purchase and consume English goods. How Prudence rallied the townswomen to arm themselves, kept watch at a bridge she realized would be used by Tory spies, and captured two messengers who planned to pass along information for the British informs makes for a thrilling tale.

Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth About Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride by Jeff Lantos. Charlesbridge. ISBN 9781580899338. 
Gr 6 Up–A deeper look at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1860 poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” that examines the narrative told by the poem and how it compares to the actual events of that fateful night in American history. A well-done and easily approachable work for young people to learn not only about a piece of American Revolutionary history but how historical narratives can be used to shape future events.

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