Celebrating the Statue of Liberty’s Birthday

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If you have a minute on Friday, October 28, consider celebrating the birthday of a very large woman who wears heavy copper robes in all kinds of weather. The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from France, was dedicated in New York City 125 years ago that day.  Befitting a woman of her stature (and weight), she is the subject of many books. The best books to initiate a discussion with children about our most beloved symbol of freedom are: 

The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Betsy  Maestro (A wonderful picture book history. There’s a really cool illustration of Bartholdi sketching the statue while he looks at the still-empty site where she will stand.)

Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport (The whole story – from construction to dedication. The illustrations by Matt Tavares are dramatic and beautiful.)

Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty by Linda Glaser (The story of Emma Lazarus’ poem, The New Colossus.)

Liberty  by Lynn Curlee (This is one of Curlee’s books paying tribute to American icons – I love them all. Check out Rushmore, Brooklyn Bridge and Capital)

Lily and Miss Liberty by Carla Stevens (This early chapter book was published in 1993, but remains one of my favorites. A sweet story about a girl in New York City who sells crowns to raise money for the pedestal.)

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