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All July Picks

For Elementary Readers

Pie is for Sharing

Good friends share food, fun, and of course, pie, at a memorable fourth of July picnic.

Apply in the Classroom

Encourage students to think about what they could share to help celebrate the fourth of July with families that are new to your community. Picnics and fireworks are fun, but you can really bring some zing to America’s birthday with reading! Independence Day is, after all, a celebration of a written document.

Ask students to brainstorm how to share positive messages about summer reading to welcome more people to your community of readers with bookmarks, posters, and a booklist of titles generated by student vote that celebrate America and its people.

Questions for Discussion or Reflective Writing

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?

Who do you celebrate with? Where do you celebrate?

Are there any special foods you always eat for the 4th of July?

What traditions do you like celebrating on the 4th of July?

What ideas do you have for new traditions?

Related Teaching Resources

It’s Independence Day! Or is it? from ReadWriteThink

Culturally Responsive Instruction for Holiday and Religious Celebrations from Colorin Colorado

Celebrate Juneteenth! Compare Juneteenth celebrations to Fourth of July celebrations from ReadWriteThink

Reading Is Fundamental support materials

Interview with Janet S. Wong about Apple Pie 4th of July from Reading Rockets

Fourth of July – Independence Day from the History.com

More Titles to Try


Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas

Uncle Chente’s Picnic/El Picnic De Tio Chente by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

The Flag We Love by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong

Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw

Hats off for the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert

Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo