U.S. Flag

The Flag

Flag Day. Mir Tamim Ansary. Chicago: Heinneman Library, 2007. Grades 1-3.

Why is June 14 Flag Day? This nicely illustrated book explains the story of the teacher who helped spread the idea for Flag Day. It also discusses who designed our first flag and what the stars and stripes stand for. Contains a glossary, bibliography, and index.

The Flag We Love. Pam Munoz Ryan. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing, 1996. Grades K-3.

Each left-hand page features a four-line rhymed verse with a box of flag facts underneath, and a full-page painting appears on the right-hand page. Describes how we use flags and where they fly: at sporting events, over schools and monuments, at ceremonies and funerals, in parades, at our harbors. The illustrations include such moving scenes as the train carrying Lincoln's coffin, the Vietnam War Memorial, and an astronaut walking on the moon with a U.S. flag reflected in his visor.

Our Flag

Describes the history of the flag and sets forth the practices and observances appropriate to its display.

The Pledge of Allegiance. Terry Allan Hicks. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2007. Grades 2-6.

Tells the story of how the pledge of allegiance came to be written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, an editor with a popular children’s magazine. Describes how the pledge quickly became a key part of Americans’ everyday lives, and also how the some of the wording of the pledge has changed over the years. Contains a glossary, bibliography, and an index.

Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag. John Herman. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1998. Grades K-3.

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, to the pioneer movement to a walk on the moon, the American flag has been there through it all. Explains the history of the flag, including the famed (but not proven) story of Betsy Ross and the first flag. Describes the variety of flags flown during the American Revolution and the various ways that the early stars and stripes were depicted until 1818, when Congress decided that the flag would have thirteen stripes to represent the original colonies and that the field of blue would contain a star for each state.

The Children's Books and Web Sites bibliography lists more kid-friendly literature about the U.S. government.