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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Patriotic Resources

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Patriotic Resources List

  • A is for America
    by Devin Scillian (Author), Devin Scillian (Author), Pam Carroll (Author)
    ISBN: 1585360155
    From the British and our Constitution that replaced their rule, to Yellowstone and Zane Grey's stories of the west, A is for America is a sweeping tribute to all we know and love about our country. With delightful poems that beg to be read aloud, and expository text to broaden a reader's horizons, this American alphabet will make you fall in love with the United States over and over again.
  • America the Beautiful
    by Katharine Bates (Author), Wendell Minor (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0399238859
    Wendell Minor is an extraordinarily talented fine artist who has received more than two hundred awards for his work. Authors refer to him as a "quiet genius" who creates with simplicity and elegance, a "master" at capturing the essence of the written word in vivid imagery, of creating brilliant paintings that evoke the true spirit of story and place. He has illustrated hundreds of covers for many of the most popular books of the past few decades.

    Now, inspired by Katharine Lee Bates's classic verse, Minor gives readers his first picture book-beautiful visual accompaniment for an American standard. Traversing the entire nation, from the Empire State Building to the Grand Tetons, from the Alaskan coast to the Florida Everglades; encompassing multiple eras, from Pilgrims to wagon trains, from the Wright brothers to NASA, Minor takes us on a journey across land and time-literally from sea to shining sea.
  • America the Beautiful
    by Katharine Lee Bates
    ISBN: 0689852452
    The same country that inspired Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 to write "America the Beautiful" inspired Neil Waldman, one hundred years later, to illustrate Bates's poem with gorgeous acrylic paintings.

    Waldman's stunning panoramas take us from coast-to-coast: from Niagara Falls to Napa's fruited plains, from Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty. In the back of the book, a glossary provides readers with more information about each site. Also included is the sheet music for the song "America the Beautiful," combining Bates's poem with the music of Samuel A. Ward's hymn.
  • America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song
    by Lynn Sherr
    ISBN: 1586480855
    In America the Beautiful, Lynn Sherr tells the story of Katharine Lee Bates, a poet and pioneering young English professor at the newly established Wellesley College, who penned "America the Beautiful" at age 33, as she gazed over the glorious panorama from the top of Pike's Peak, Colorado. The poem, published two years later on July 4, 1895, struck a chord. Americans embraced it and immediately set it to music, trying out at least 74 different melodies. There were even Mexican, Canadian, and Australian versions. Analyzing the lyrics of "America the Beautiful" and the story of Katharine Lee Bates's unusual life, Lynn Sherr opens a window onto the shifting world of late 19th century America. She explores the lingering impact of the Civil War and the dramatic developments in commerce and technology, which shaped the American Century and the popularity of one brilliant, stirring song.
  • America: A Patriotic Primer
    by Lynne V. Cheney, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0689851928
    Written by Lynne Cheney, author and wife of Vice President Richard Cheney, to honor this "beautiful land made more beautiful still by our commitment to freedom," America: A Patriotic Primer is a proud celebration of the individuals, milestones, and principles of this nation. Each busy spread features elaborately decorated letters of the alphabet, with one or two kids draped over its bars and loops, along with the highlighted concept or person: "N is for Native Americans, who came here first," "T is for Tolerance ." Surrounding every letter is a veritable circus of entertaining and useful related information, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move). "J is for Jefferson ," for example, is bordered with biographical details and quotations from Thomas Jefferson, while mini images depict the third president's famous home (Monticello), some of his inventions, and a description of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This compelling picture book will work best as a supplement for children who are already immersed in basic American history at school. Teachers and parents will enjoy exploring with their kids every inch of the detailed, hand-drawn and illustrated U.S. map found in "U is for United States," explaining and elaborating on the historical lessons as appropriate. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter
  • And What About...Patriotic Holidays
    By Amanda Bennett
    ISBN: 0970094809
  • Ballads of American History
    by Fred Cooper, Gregg Harris
    ISBN: 1568570333
    Ballads of America History is designed to make the study of history both enjoyable and memorable. This book includes a musical compact disc featuring historical ballads sung by Gregg Harris (In the sixties, Gregg was actually a folk singer!). Each ballad tells the story of a period in American history with the musical accompaniment of instruments from that period. It Includes many interesting facts and pictures that will help your children understand the era they are studying. The historical text, sheet music and CD work together to ensure your children gain a comprehensive overview of the great eras of our country's past. Great for use in pagents with costumes and choirs. You'll find that as your children sing the ballads they will learn and remember details of American history as never before!
  • Brave Hearts Under Red Skies: Stories of Faith Under Fire
    by Jeffrey O'Leary
    ISBN: 0781438128
    Where does faith go when the blue skies disappear?

    This is not merely a book about the red fires of battle. This is a book about believers whose trust in God has produced great courage--enough to endure war's crucible. Col. Jeff O'leary (ret.), author of Taking the High Ground, has gathered a powerful array of personal war stories from America's beginnings through September 11th. These stories reveal a powerful and affirming theme of authentic faith under fire, spanning more than two centuries.

    Whether you are part of the military family or just love America, you'll be challenged and changed by the stories of those who came before you--of those who faced faith-shaking storms similar to the ones we face today. Through these stories, you'll see that God is waiting to give you strength--He is waiting to give you a brave heart under your own red skies.
  • By The Dawn's Early Light
    by Steven Kroll (Author), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0590450557
    As a captive aboard a British ship that was bombing Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wondered whose flag would be waving "by the dawn's early light." The engaging text and richly drawn illustrations will whet your students' appetite to learn more about our nation's history.
  • Celebrate America - Cassette

    ISBN: 1575835851
  • Celebrate America - Cassette and Book

    ISBN: 157583586X
    Perfect for school music programs, this album features the best-loved patriotic songs including: God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and many other favorites. Sheet music is included in the 24-page songbook, and charts containing simple instrumentation are featured on the enhanced CD–simply print out the PDF and you're ready to practice!
  • Celebrate America - CD

    ISBN: 1575835878
  • Celebrate America - CD and Book

    ISBN: 1575835886
    Perfect for school music programs, this album features the best-loved patriotic songs including: God Bless America, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and many other favorites. Sheet music is included in the 24-page songbook, and charts containing simple instrumentation are featured on the enhanced CD–simply print out the PDF and you're ready to practice!
  • D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet
    by Elissa Grodin (Author), Victor Juhasz (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1585363286
    Democracy -- America has it and it seems like many other countries want it. But what exactly is a democracy and how easy is it to maintain? Despite the banter in today's media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. In refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodin takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government's structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation). Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artwork from illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of the subject. From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendment to the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy details the political processes, parties, and people of democracy, American-style.
  • Flag Maker, The
    by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Author), Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0618809112
    Here is the story of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the national anthem of the United States. This is a story of the early days of this flag as seen through the eyes of young Caroline Pickersgill, the daughter of an important flag maker, Mary Pickersgill, and the granddaughter of a flag maker for General George Washington’s Continental army. It is also a story about how a symbol motivates action and emotion, brings people together, and inspires courage and hope.
  • I Hear America Singing
    by Kathleen Krull, Allen Garns (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0375925279
    Originally published as Gonna Sing My Head Off!, this big, colorful songbook is now reissued for the first time with a 23-song CD created especially for it. The book includes 2 of the best-loved American folk songs, with all the lyrics and easy-to-play musical arrangements of the tunes everyone remembers although they may need a little help with the words. From Maine to California, here are ”Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” “On Top of Old Smoky,” “Home on the Range,” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “This Land Is Your Land,” to name a few–songs that represent the American spirit and history. With each beautifully illustrated song is a note about its origin.
  • I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance: With Commentary
    by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Chris Raschka
    ISBN: 0763616486
    Whether kids want to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or respectfully decline, this straightforward and playfully illustrated guide clears up what the pledge really means--word by word, and line by line.

    Two pledge-loving literacy experts (Michael Sampson and Bill Martin, Jr.) and one polite pledge-abstainer (Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Chris Raschka) have come together to explicate America's time-honored oath in plain, kid-friendly language: "I pledge (A pledge is a promise) allegiance to (Allegiance is loyalty) the flag (A flag is a symbol that stands for a place, a thing, or an idea. Making a promise to a flag usually means the same thing as making a promise to whatever the flag stands for.)." Sampson and Martin's annotations adequately convey the essential meaning behind the words, although understandably less so in the thornier sections: "under God (Many people believe that a democracy is a reflection of how God thinks--every single person is important.)"

    I Pledge Allegiance also covers some of the history behind the pledge and the flag, but what kids will probably remember best--aside from the pledge itself--is Raschka's clever, winning collage work, which somehow manages to sum up ideas like liberty, justice, and God with a few quick strokes and scraps. (An 18-by-24-inch flag poster is included with the book.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes
  • Of Thee I Sing: Lyrics and Music for Americas Most Patriotic Songs
    by Jerry Silverman
    ISBN: 0806523956
  • Patriot's Handbook, The
    by George Grant (Editor)
    ISBN: 1888952032
    A concise introduction to the ideas, events and personalities of American freedom, 'The Patriot's Handbook' is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to understand the nation's identity as it has developed from its founding until now. Included are key documents, speeches, poems, songs, and profiles of the Presidents and many of the leaders who have contributed to the nation's history.
  • Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who: The Stories Behind Some of America's Patriotic Symbols
    by Teresa Bateman, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0823417840
    Includes Uncle Sam, the bald eagle, the Lincoln Memorial and fourteen others.
  • Salute to Service, A: The Rebirth of Patriotism
    by Michael J. Radford
    ISBN: 0892215976
    Concepts such as patriotism and family values have been mocked, struck down, and absolutely belittled in the past few years. The clear waters of right and wrong have been muddied until younger generations no longer seem to know right from wrong, but are mentally trapped in a murky gray area of “if it feels good do it.” This book by Mike Radford celebrates America, its families, its veterans, and its Christian heritage. Stories of great Americans and reminders of what makes America great are included here, inspiring all of us to return to the things that make this the greatest nation on earth. Contains information on how to create a “Hall of Heroes” for your community, business, church, or school, to honor the courage and sacrifice of American military personnel in the past and present day. As unique as the community that creates it, the Hall of Heroes can contain photos and memorabilia from area service men and women, as well as National Guard units. Not only serving as a timeless record of the generosity and patriotism of the American spirit, the Hall of Heroes can be a wonderful salute to the service given by so many to this nation.
  • Songs Sung Red, White, and Blue : The Stories Behind America's Best-Loved Patriotic Songs
    by Ace Collins
    ISBN: 0060513047
    Throughout our nation's history, patriotic songs have lifted our spirits during hard times and brought us closer to our heritage and to each other. Behind these "songs sung red, white, and blue" are unforgettable stories that will enrich your appreciation of their unique power.

    It's hard to imagine a single American who hasn't been touched deeply at one time or another by the songs in these pages. From the soaring chorus of "God Bless America" to the quiet poetry of "America the Beautiful," historian Ace Collins takes you inside the creation of thirty-two classic songs spanning two centuries. Military anthems like "The Marine's Hymn" and "Anchors Aweigh" share pages with other songs of war, such as the War of 1812's "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the Civil War's "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Popular tunes dating back to the earliest days of our nation, such as "Yankee Doodle," are included alongside contemporary hits like "God Bless the U.S.A." Other favorites like "This Land Is Your Land" and "This Is My Country" reflect on our nation in times of peace.

    You'll meet a surprising and diverse cast of behind-the-scenes characters, which includes both everydayAmericans -- teachers, preachers, and soldiers -- as well as celebrated songwriters like Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan. Here are songs that are as close to our hearts as any ever written -- songs that form a rousing soundtrack to America's story.
  • Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag
    by Sarah L. Thomson (Author), Bob Dacey (Illustrator), Debra Bandelin
    ISBN: 0060504161
    Schools, parades, post offices, and the moon. These are just some of the places we see the American flag.

    Fifty stars stand for the states that make up this country. Thirteen stripes remind us of the colonies that fought for their freedom. But the flag has not always looked the way it does today. Its history is as colored and rich as our country's past. Yet despite the ways the flag has changed in the past two hundred years, the pride, unity, and strength it inspires have never faltered.

    STARS AND STRIPES: The Story of the American Flag invites readers to travel back in time and witness firsthand how our flag came to be.
  • Star-Spangled Banner, The
    by Peter Spier
    ISBN: 0440406978
    Due to careful research, Spier's artwork depicts "the dawn's early light" and "the rocket's red glare" with remarkable authenticity and detail in this celebratory book. Among the highlights: a brief history of the anthem, a reproduction of Francis Scott Key's original manuscript, music for guitar and piano chords and many photographs.
  • Taking the High Ground: Military Stories of Faith
    by Jeffrey O'Leary
    ISBN: 0781435412
    From the battlegrounds of the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, Christians in uniform tell how God touched their lives in special ways. Colonel O'Leary has gathered together some of the most powerful stories of courage, on and off the battle field-accounts that reveal true grace under fire. But such grace is not merely a matter of personal strength. . . . It's a matter of Divine intervention, and it's a matter of faith!
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
    by Public Domain (Author), George M Cohan (Author), Norman Rockwell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1416917705
    Written in 1906 by George M. Cohan, "You're a Grand Old Flag" has been a favorite celebration song for generations of Americans. Now see it brought to life like never before as it is set with images of Americana, by the master of all things patriotic, Norman Rockwell. Children run to the swimming hole, families attend parades, a young couple kisses, and soldiers salute in this tribute to Norman Rockwell and the American culture, so beautifully immortalized in his art. With a foreword by Norman Rockwell's grandson, John Rockwell, this book is a treasure that families will love to sing along with.
  • You're a Grand Old Flag: A Jubilant Song About Old Glory
    by George M. Cohan (Author), Marsha Qualey (Author), Ann Owen (Author), Todd Ouren (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1404801731
    Presents the complete text of this patriotic song that was written for a Broadway musical, chronicles the history of the American flag, and recounts the life of the song's composer, George M. Cohan. Includes instructions for making a flag wind sock.
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