Happy Fourth of July! As a history fan, the American Revolution is an era that I find absolutely fascinating. In recent years, children's nonfiction books have branched out beyond the well-known aspects and figures of the American Revolution, which makes reading and learning about this important era more inclusive:
America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders With 21 Activities is a great introduction to African-Americans' involvement in the Revolutionary War. From Crispus Atticus, the first American to die in the American Revolution, to James Armistead Lafayette, an American slave and spy who informed Washington of Cornwallis's battle plans, young readers will learn about the important contributions of African Americans in the nation's fight for independence.
Everybody's Revolution: A New Look at the People Who Won America's Freedom demonstrates that the American Revolution was fought by men and women from many nationalities and ethnic groups, including Native Americans, African-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and women.
Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution is one of my favorite children's nonfiction books of 2015. This little-known story of a German baker who fed the hungry American troops is not only a fun and intriguing read aloud, but also a reminder that everyone has talents to share.
Who Was Abigail Adams? , part of the excellent Who Was? series, is a fine introduction to the second First Lady of the United States. If you haven't investigated the Who Was/Who Is/What Is line, you are missing out!
Happy Independence Day! Fauquier County Public Library is closed for the holiday, but we will be open from 1-5 on July 5.
Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library