This book provides the chance for young readers to learn about the death-defying attempts of Black Americans to gain the inalienable rights promised in the Declaration of Independence.
What’s blue and white and read all over? Books, of course!
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a wide selection of print and digital titles to commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. Make sure to include some reading time in your 4th of July celebration plans.
If you’re looking for more book suggestions, we’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Book Recommendation form to send us some information about what you like to read and we’ll curate a list just for you.
FYF(ourth)I: All CLP locations will close at 5pm on Saturday, July 3 and remained closed on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5 (this includes real-time virtual service through chat, phone and email). As always, you can borrow materials online anytime in the eResources section of our website: www.carnegielibrary.org/eresources.
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!
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.
A stirring picture book biography about a forgotten hero of the American Revolution who rose to the occasion and served his country, not with muskets or cannons, but with gingerbread. This title is also available as eBook on Hoopla.
This is the true story of James Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution. But while America celebrated its newfound freedom, James returned to slavery. His service hadn’t qualified him for the release he’d been hoping for. For James the fight wasn’t over; he’d already helped his country gain its freedom, now it was time to win his own. This title is also available as eBook on Overdrive/Libby, as eBook on Hoopla, or as eAudio on Hoopla.
From the Native Americans who first called this land their home, to the millions of people who have flocked to its shores ever since, America is a country rich in diversity. Some of our ancestors were driven by dreams and hope. Others came in chains, or were escaping poverty or persecution. No matter what brought them here, each person embodied a unique gift–their art and music, their determination and grit, their stories and their culture. And together they forever shaped the country we all call home.
During the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler accepts a plea for help from aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton in wooing her sister Eliza, and becomes his friend – even as the war comes closer to home. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as an eBook on Hoopla and as eAudio on Hoopla.
An eventful day exposes a young man to the horrors—and ambiguity—of war.