The American flag is one of the most recognizable symbols of our freedom. June 14 is a day that’s set aside just for our flag and for reflecting on what it represents. America has had an official flag since 1777, but it’s gone through many changes since then. The one thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that our flag represents our national pride and freedom. Because Flag Day falls on a Saturday this year, we’ve compiled a list of children’s books all about our flag and our country that you can read together as a family once the day’s activities wind down.
- Did you know that Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, was inspired to write the poem after seeing a flag that survived a battle in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812? Patricia A. Pingry’s book “The Story of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’” will teach kids all about how our national anthem came to be. Kids will also learn about the importance of being respectful when our anthem plays at sports games and other events. This book is perfect for readers ages 4-8.
- For more advanced readers, Monica Culling’s book “Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner” will offer a more in-depth history of Francis Scott Key’s life and how our anthem came to be. This book is great for kids who are ready to read on their own.
- Did you know that our flag has changed as many as 28 times before it came to look the way it does today? Each time a state joined the union, a new star was added and a new version of the flag was made. The last time our flag changed was 54 years ago when Hawaii joined the U.S. Our flag has an interesting history and kids will love learning about it in Wendy Cheyette Lewison’s book “F is for Flag.” Children ages 3-8 will enjoy this book most.
- More than anything, Flag Day is a day to reflect on our freedom. Part of that freedom is enjoying our beautiful country. Katherine Bates’ book “America the Beautiful,” illustrated by award-winning artist Wendell Minor, takes kids on a visual journey across our country. Everyone in the family will enjoy looking at the fantastic illustrations in this book.
Whether you attend a Flag Day parade or just do something outdoors as a family, reading one of these books together will be a relaxing way to wind down and spend family time together.
Make a Difference Today
The fact that we live in a country where there are so many opportunities to help our communities is something to celebrate today. A day like today is the perfect time to do something that will make a difference in the lives of others. Making a vehicle donation to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, is a way that you can reach out to help others today.
If you have a vehicle to donate to Wheels For Wishes, please call us today at 1-877-431-9474 or take a moment to fill out an online vehicle donation form. Your donated car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle will go towards granting the wishes of children facing life-threatening medical conditions in your community. The American flag is a symbol of national pride and inspires us to take part in our communities. Inspire a child today by helping them get their wish granted!