Independence Day, with its long weekend of celebration, patriotism and traditional American barbecue, is the perfect time to kick back by the pool and catch up on summer reading. Learning Ally's audiobook library has titles for all ages that are chock full of red, white and blue. Read on for our top picks!
"Fourth of July Mice!" by Bethany Roberts and Doug Cushman
The Holiday Mice take part in all the activities that make the Fourth of July fun: a parade, a picnic, a baseball game, sack race, a refreshing dip in the stream, and last but not least, fireworks.
"Apple Pie 4th of July" by Janet S. Wong and Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Shocked that her parents are cooking Chinese food to sell in the family store on an all-American holiday, a feisty Chinese-American girl tries to tell her mother and father how things really
are. But as the parade passes by and fireworks light the sky, she learns a surprising lesson.
"Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July" by James A. Colaiaco
On July 5th, 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of the greatest orators of all time, delivered what was arguably the century's most powerful abolition speech. At a time of year when American freedom is celebrated across the nation, Douglass eloquently summoned the country to resolve the contradiction between slavery and the founding principles of our country.
"Judy Moody Declares Independence" by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds.
Everyone knows that Judy Moody has a mood for every occasion, and now a visit to Boston has put the famous third grader in a revolutionary mood. Judy learns her new English friend, Tori, enjoys more liberties than she does and decides to stage her own revolt.
"Born on the Fourth of July" by Ron Kovic.
The bestselling autobiography of wounded Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic, who said of writing the book: "I wanted people to understand. I wanted to share with them as nakedly and openly and intimately as possible what I had gone through, what I had endured."