Sure, you’ve seen oodles of patriotic books for toddlers and preschoolers, but what about older kids? It’s still important for them to get to know their country and appreciate the men and women that made our freedom possible.
So, I collected the best patriotic books for middle-grade readers from my kids’ shelves. Whether you’re looking for something educational or just plain fun, here’s what’s on our bookshelves for kids in the 8-12 age range.
Patriotic Books for Kids Ages 8-12
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing books like this. It’s fun and patriotic and has interesting tidbits of information about all 50 United States. Each state has a short history and an info box with quick facts. Learn which Native American tribes lived in each state before the Europeans arrived, how each state came into the union, and in what order they joined.
This would be a great addition to a classroom or school library.
This book starts off with a bit of information on how the presidency was formed, then it dives right into the juicy stuff.
Each president has a 1-2 page summary of his life and presidency. These life snippets aren’t long. They cover the important themes, ideas, and major national events of each president’s time in the White House. This is a handy and informative book that covers each and every president of the United States.
Awesome America is a great book for kids in the 8-12 age range. It covers a wide variety of topics, including history and geography. It also explains the different branches of U.S. government, explores important landmarks (like the Statue of Liberty), and highlights moments that changed the country. Good and bad, it’s all there. Is your child interested in learning about slavery? Women’s rights? The constitution? Find information on those topics as well as what makes Americans happy, the military, and the Olympics.
The first book in the hilarious Benjamin Franklin series. A boy named Ike discovers that he can communicate across the centuries with Benjamin Franklin. The two strike up an interesting (and funny) pen pal relationship when Ike mails Ben Franklin his homework—and Ben writes back. This is a book for the middle school set. Kids who like history and love to laugh will appreciate these humor-packed pages.
This is a funny and patriotic book about time travel, founding fathers, and harebrained ideas. In this installment, Ike decides to mail himself back to Benjamin Franklin’s era in order to save the founding father from a mess that Ike created in the first book. Of course, Ike ends up mostly causing more trouble and is generally a pest, but he comes up with some brilliant (if morally questionable) schemes along the way that could save the day.
It’s told through vignettes, letters, and Benjamin Franklin’s journal entries. Because of the unique format, readers get a look into the personality of each character and what they think of each other. It makes for a pretty funny book that kids in middle school will love.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse – twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let’s not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled “Yankee Doodle Dandy” duets with him. Every president — from the 1st to the 45th — is spotlighted, featuring important historical information alongside vignette’s highlighting the oddities of each president.
Benjamin Franklin is commonly thought of as one of the wisest and most intelligent men in American history. This book features fifty of his famous sayings (accompanied by a modern translation for those of us that need it *raises hand*), cool stories, and awesome illustrations. Kids can take advice from the best on everything from manners and mindfulness to working hard and making friends.
What are your favorite patriotic books for middle-grade readers? Let me know in the comments!
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