In 1776 by Jean Marzollo

Beautifully illustrated by Steve Bjorkman and written by Jean Marzollo, In 1776 is a historically written picture book which introduces the American Revolution to students of all ages through fun and fact-filled verse. The book starts with explaining that the colonies were ruled by Great Britain, ever though they were thousands of miles away. Then, the book carefully discusses how they wrote a declaration which would separate the colonies and King George III, which led us into a war to both earn and proclaim our independence. On July 4, 1776 this declaration was adopted by the thirteen colonies and we officially became the United States of America. The story concludes with the US voting for the first president, George Washington and an eloquently written statement which calls readers to action, "The Declaration still guides as all; the struggle for liberty never ends."

As I stated, this is an incredible book to introduce the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the birthday of the United States of America, and the election of the first president. However, it is the final words that call readers to action that I love the most about this book. A simple reminder that these historical moments are not stagnant and placed on a shelf somewhere, they are living, breathing, active moments that must be cherished in the lives of people through the actions of the citizens that live in the U.S.; the ability to create a fully democratic society is more than a document, a war, and a birthday.

In the classroom, allow this book to start a lesson on what it means to be a citizen in the United States of America. Take the time to discuss our freedoms and rights that this gives us, but also teach your students their responsibilities to live in a democratic society.

Happy Independence Day, America! I enjoyed this book as a part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can read more about his here. In addition, I will be adding Jean Marzollo's In 1492 and Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King to my reading list in hopes that are done as well as this one. Stay tuned for my next book tomorrow!

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