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Independent Reading

EASY
Borreguita and the Coyote
by Verna Aardema. Knopf, 1991
A little lamb uses her wiles to keep a coyote from eating her up.
Cranberry Summer
by Wendy and Harry Devlin. MacMillan Publishing, 1992
An abandoned circus donkey brings excitement to a Fourth of July celebration.
Dara's Cambodian New Year
by Sothea Chiemruom. Half Moon, 1992
Dara paints a picture of his native Cambodia to celebrate the New Year.
Hurray for the Fourth of July
by Wendy Watson. Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Traditional songs and rhymes add to the celebration of the Fourth of July.
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year
by Kate Waters/Madeline Slovenz-Low. Scholastic, Inc., 1990
This Chinese New year, Ernie will perform his first Lion Dance.
July
by James Stevenson. Greenwillow, 1990
The writer remembers boyhood summers at his grandparents' house.
AVERAGE
Dragon Parade
by Steven A. Chin. Steck-Vaughn, 1993
An immigrant grocer introduces Chinese New Year celebrations to San Francisco.
The First Thanksgiving
by Jean C. George. Philomel Books, 1993
Pilgrims and Native Americans gather to share the bounty and celebrate our country's first Thanksgiving.
Fourth of July Bear
by Kathryn Lasky. Morrow, 1991
Rebecca celebrates the Fourth of July with a new friend on a Maine island.
Luka's Quilt
by Georgia Guback. Greenwillow, 1993
Luka and her grandmother attend a Lei Day celebration.
Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Dial, 1993
Between December 26 and January 1, millions of families observe Kwanzaa by reflecting on seven important principles.
Tonight Is Carnival
by Arthur Dorros. Dutton, 1991
A family prepares to celebrate Carnival in an Andean village.
CHALLENGING
Farmer Boy
by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harper Collins, 1961
A farm boy's year includes celebrating Independence Day in town.
The Fourth of July
by Mary Kay Phelan. Crowell, 1966
Tells of the events leading to the Declaration of Independence, and modern celebrations.
Imani's Gift at Kwanzaa
by Denise Burden-Patmon. Simon & Schuster, 1992
Imani learns to celebrate Kwanzaa and share its meaning with another child.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags
by James Cross Giblin. Houghton Mifflin, 1983
Tells the story behind the celebrations and symbols of Independence Day.
Mexico
by David Flint. Steck-Vaughn, 1994
Surveys the geography, people, culture, and industries of Mexico.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Doodle Dandy! The Complete Book of Independence Day Words
by Lynda Graham-Barker. MacMillan Publishing, 1992
Etymologies and facts about everything associated with Independence Day, from fireworks to the founding fathers.
My Fellow Americans: A Family Album
by Alice Provenson. Harcourt Brace, 1995
This pictorial collection portrays people of various cultures who have made our country great.
For Jefferson and Liberty: The United States in War and Peace
by Leonard Falkner. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1972
This book contains vignettes, diary entries, cartoons, and songs that give a vivid picture of America at this time.
The New Nation
by Joy Hakim. Oxford University Press, 1993
Explains historical events, issues, and personalities of our new nation.