We’re asking Utah libraries to serve as engagement hubs for this historic conversation about our state.

At the Heart of Communities

We have developed a toolkit of materials for librarians to create a display and share information with patrons about this process, as part of our outreach to Utahns of all ages, backgrounds, and geographies.

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    Suggested Readings

    Juvenile Titles

    Starred Reviews

    • Blue Sky White Stars (and Spanish version Un Cielo Azul Blancas Estrellas), by Sarvinder Naberhaus & Kadir Nelson
      Penguin, 2017
      Kirkus & School Library Journal Starred Review⭐
    • A Primer About the Flag, by Marvin Bell
      Candlewick, 2011
      Kirkus Starred Review⭐
    • Star Spangled: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem, by Tim Grove
      Abrams, 2020
      Kirkus Starred Review⭐

    Positively Reviewed by Kirkus or School Library Journal👍

    • American Symbols: What You Need to Know, by Melissa Ferguson
      Capstone, 2017
      School Library Journal👍
    • The Flag Maker, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
      Houghton Mifflin, 2004
    • Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story, by Cheryl Harness
      Albert Whitman & Company, 2014
      School Library Journal👍
    • Hold the Flag High, by Catherine Clinton
      HarperCollins, 2010
      School Library Journal & Kirkus👍
    • Long May She Wave: The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation, by Kristen Fulton
      Simon & Schuster, 2017
      School Library Journal👍
    • Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner, by Jessie Hartland
      Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2019
    • Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag, by Sarah L. Thompson
      Collins, 2003
      School Library Journal👍
    • Why Are There Stripes on the American Flag?, by Martha E. H. Rustad
      Cloverleaf Books, Lerner, 2014
      School Library Journal👍
    • You’re a Grand Old Flag, by George M. Cohan
      Walker Children’s, 2007

    Unreviewed Titles

    • F is for Flag (Reading Railroad Books), by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
      Grosset & Dunlap, 2004
    • Our Flag (Little Golden Book), by Carl Memling
      Golden Books, 2011
    • Our Pledge, Our Promise – The Pledge of Allegiance Explained, by Sheri Wall
      A Matter of Rhyme, 2020
    Adult and Young Adult Titles

    Positively Reviewed by Kirkus or Library Journal👍

    • The American Flag: An Encyclopedia of the Stars and Stripes in U.S. History, Culture, and Law, by John R. Vile
      ABC-CLIO, 2018
      Library Journal👍 but $$$$$
    • Betsy Ross and the Making of America, by Marla L. Miller
      Macmillan, 2010
    • Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism, by Woden Teachout
      Basic, 2009 - Out of print at Amazon
    • Flag: An American Biography, by Marc Leepson
      Macmillan, 2010
    • The Flag, the Poet and the Song, by Irvin Molotsky
      Dutton, 2001
    • A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols, by Tim Marshall
      Simon & Schuster, 2017
    • What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life, by Marc Leepson
      Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

    Unreviewed Titles

    • The American Flag: A Handbook of History & Etiquette, by Applewood Books
      Applewood Books, 2013
    • For Which It Stands: An Anecdotal Biography of the American Flag, by Michael Corcoran
      Simon & Schuster, 2007
    • A Grand Old Flag: A History of the United States Through its Flags, by Kevin Keim
      DK Adult, 2007
    • Inventing the American Flag: How the Stars and Stripes Was Woven from Symbols, by Henry W. Moeller
      Roaring Forties Press, 2019