Patriotism is the emotional connection to one’s country. As schools promote tolerance and introduce children to different cultures and practices, they fall short when it comes to teaching American core values. This list of patriotic children’s books augments a public education.
I Want to Be a Police Officer (Ages 3 to 6)
Publication Date: March 2000
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Patriotic children, who understand that police officers can be male or female and come from a myriad of racial backgrounds, generally do not require affirmative action laws to function in modern American society. Minimal text but ample pictures of police personnel in various roles draw in the pre-reader as well as the early reader. One of the children’s books that highlight various professions, this one does an excellent job showing the plentiful tasks police officers undertake. It secondarily addresses the idea that all levels of society require some form of order to properly function.
A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ages 5 to 8)
David A. Adler, Robert Casilla
Publication Date: June 1991
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
A patriotic American child understands that equality and tolerance are not something that comes easy. Learning from the courageous example of Reverend King, Jr., a kindergartener or first grader recognizes that social advancement comes at the potentially high cost of personal sacrifice, risk and perseverance. Among the growing number of children’s books that champion the development and formation of personal responsibility as a patriotic core value, it is an easy read and the pictures offer engaging avenues of discourse with the pre-reader. This is a must-read — not just when observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Constitution Translated for Kids (5th Grade and Older)
Publication Date: September 2008
Publisher: Ovation Books
Often quoted but rarely read and frequently misunderstood, the United States Constitution is the quintessential text for each and every patriotic American. One of the best children’s books that covers the topic and introduces kids to a modern-language version of the old document, this patriotic children’s book makes the eloquent language of long-dead lawmakers come to life.
For example, the 9th Amendment – in the original – reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.“
Unless your fifth-grader is an aspiring Perry Mason, this kind of language is sure to leave her cold. In the side-by-side translation, the same amendment reads: “Just because some rights are listed in the Constitution does not mean that United States citizens do not have other rights.” Now that makes sense to a 10-year old.
A must-have patriotic children’s book.
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