Ever wonder how to explain something as important and yet as vague as patriotism to a child? After all, is patriotism all about loving one’s country, being loyal to a political party or respecting the rights of others? Is it just one thing or a mix of everything? Yes, it is essential to inculcate a sense of patriotism in a child. But it is also essential not to confuse him. These kids’ books on patriotic values and living will help children understand the “real” meaning of being a patriot.
American Patriotism by Kerry Patton
This delightfully illustrated book by Kerry Patton talks about patriotism as being something more than just a political label. It explains to young readers that being a patriot means being kind, forgiving, compassionate and a good citizen. American Patriotism is a book that aims to raise the awareness of being civil and peaceful in children and through its simple language and beautiful illustrations by Rachel Simmons, it achieves just that.
America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney
Wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, Lynne Cheney has written this beautiful children’s book on patriotism for readers aged 4-8. This book is a great supplement to American history literature being taught at school and will walk the kids and their parents through the different letters of the alphabet, each representing a person, value or milestone that represents patriotism. So, you have “J” for Jefferson and a detailed, illustrated spread showing quotes, details and images of Jefferson and his works.
This is a lovely book on understanding the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States for readers aged 8-12. With funny as funny can be illustrations by political cartoonist David Catrow and with witty yet meaningful lines by him as well, this is a book that may seem light-hearted but actually does a great job of helping children understand and most importantly, follow the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
How the U.S Government Works by Syl Sobel
Patriotism involves understanding how a country is governed and while younger children may not be so interested in this, older kids, aged 8-12, do need to learn about governments and how they function. This book by Syl Sobel is a great way to supplement classroom learning and explains the functioning of the federal system. It helps the youth of America to understand how officials are elected, how the different government agencies function and serve the people as well as what makes up the federal system. The concept may be complex but the explanations are interesting and easy-to-follow for young readers.
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What books or toys have you used with your kids to encourage them to be a real patriot?
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