Here are some fun kids' DVDs that focus on Independence Day topics such as the United States of America, the founders of America, and American songs and landmarks.
In the late-1980s, Charles Schulz produced a CBS miniseries that found his beloved Peanuts characters traveling through time to visit important people, places, and events in U.S. history. This two-disc DVD set includes all eight of the series episodes, including Independence Day themed Charlie Brown episodes such as: The Mayflower Voyagers, The Birth of the Constitution, and The Music and Heroes of America.
The Liberty's Kids TV series is an animated show which aired on PBS. Aimed at kids ages 7-12 years, the series introduces kids to American history through the eyes of two young apprentice reporters named Sarah and James, who experience first hand the conflicts and events that shaped their nation. Famous names such as Walter Cronkite, Dustin Hoffman, Annette Bening, Michael Douglas, Whoopi Goldberg and more lend their voices to bring history to life for kids and help them learn not only about the history, but also about the different perspectives people might have had at that pivotal time. All of the exciting and educational episodes of the show are compiled in this remarkable DVD set.
This video collection features animated adaptations of 3 children's books celebrating the history and geography of the U.S.A. In Laurie Keller's THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA, pandemonium ensues when the 50 states get together and decided to switch places. Arlo Guthrie sings along to his father's legendary song THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND illustrated by beautiful America-inspired paintings by Kathy Jakobsen, and Aretha Franklin croons a soulful rendition of the national anthem in the animated THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER. The DVD edition includes 2 bonus stories about American heroes John Henry and Johnny Appleseed.
From the History's Heroes DVD series, Paul Revere: Midnight Ride is a 3D animated movie that is both entertaining and educational. Ellie the Eagle and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson take a look back in time and relate the amazing story of American hero Paul Revere. Kids learn all about Revere's midnight ride and the famous "shot heard 'round the world." The remarkable presentation of this exciting story will have kids on the edge of their seats as they marvel that such a story really did happen. (Runtime: 30 minutes, NR)
The History's Heroes DVD series presents the compelling story of Patrick Henry in the 3D animated movie Patrick Henry: Quest for Freedom. Boomer the Eagle introduces kids to the founding fathers at the 1775 Virginia Convention. He also helps kids understand Patrick Henry's background and the events that shaped his character and his convictions leading up to the moment he cried those famous words, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" The History's Heroes DVD series portrays the riveting stories of real American heroes in a way that helps kids see that history can really be fascinating! (Runtime: 30 minutes, NR)
All Aboard America takes kids on a fun-filled animated journey with Rudy, a bald eagle and his friends Stars the dog and Stripes the cat. Rudy and his friends take kids on a fun-filled journey to famous landmarks across America, enjoying famous American tunes such as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Home on the Range" as they go. This fun little cartoon has a runtime of approximately 39 minutes and is great for kids ages 2-8.
Schoolhouse Rock was a series of three-minute animated shorts that use music and funny yet educational lyrics to teach kids about grammar, arithmetic, history, science, government and more. The series aired from 1973 until 1986 and in the early nineties and won several awards. The Election Collection is a compilation of songs related to US government and US history. The menu allows viewers to play all songs or to choose election-related songs by category. Great for ages 7 and up. (Younger kids will still enjoy the songs and cartoons, but the song material will be over their heads.) NR