CJ has no interest in fireworks of any sort because they're too noisy, so we checked out a few books from the library to learn about other aspects of the 4th of July.
Are you familiar with Peter Spier? We have several of his books, and CJ adores them all because of the detailed illustrations. She loves to pore over his version of The Star Spangled Banner. It includes all of the verses of the song, and some amazing illustrations of flags on the beginning and end papers. I've already read this one several times!
Another big hit with CJ has been Steven Kellogg's Yankee Doodle. I loved Steven Kellogg's books as a kid, so it pleases me that she does as well. Once again, the detailed drawings really capture her attention, and she goes over them with a fine-toothed comb.
This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie has lovely paintings in it by Kathy Jakobsen. It shows an amazing array of the wonders that make up this country, and CJ loves books that you can sing the words to.
I enjoy the illustrations in The Rooster Crows by Maud and Miska Petersham more than CJ does, but she still enjoys looking at it with me and committing some othe catchier rhymes to memory. This book won the Caldecott medal in 1946, and I can see why- they're lovely. I'll probably be adding this one to our "reference" shelf.
CJ is belting out "The Star Bangled Banner" right now- it's supposed to be quiet time, but I can't tell her to stop singing. Have a wonderful holiday!