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Children's Books--Content Area Themes and Topics

Elections and Democracy

What Can a Citizen Do?

A citizen can pick up litter A citizen can pull a weed A citizen can help that critter A citizen can plant a seed A citizen can aid a neighbor A citizen can join a cause A citizen can write a letter A citizen can help change laws . . . Empowering and timeless, this is a book about what citizenship--good citizenship--means to you, and to us all.

D Is for Democracy

Despite the banter in today's media, many Americans are still in thedark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights andresponsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. In refreshinglycandid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodintakes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government'sstructure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basiccomponents and concepts (including immigration and taxation).Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artworkfrom illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of thesubject. From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendmentto the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy details thepolitical processes, parties, and people of democracy, American-style.Elissa D. Grodin grew up in a large family in Kansas City,Missouri, and was fifteen years old when she started to write shortstories. While living in London in the late '70s, she wrote for theTimes Literary Supplement and New Statesman. After movingto New York, she studied at the School of Visual Arts and met herhusband, actor Charles Grodin, while interviewing him for AmericanFilm magazine. D is for Democracy is her second children's bookwith Sleeping Bear Press. She also wrote N is for Nutmeg: AConnecticut Alphabet. Elissa lives with her family in Wilton, Connecticut.A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Victor Juhasz began illustratingin 1974. Hishumorous illustrations and caricatures have been commissioned by majormagazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, and book publishers bothnational and international, and his clients include Time, Newsweek,The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, TheWashington Post, and GQ. Victor lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice--and she knew how to use it! Even as a child growing up in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan stood out for her big, bold, booming, crisp, clear, confident voice. It was a voice that made people sit up, stand up, and take notice. So what do you do with a voice like that? Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then up to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she persevered through adversity to give voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality, and justice.

Why Does Democracy Matter?

Appealing text and images introduce young readers to democratic principles, including fairness, equality, and respect for legitimate authority and rules. Young readers will also learn the basic concepts of how a democracy works.

What's the Big Deal about Freedom

From the Constitution to civil rights, from women's rights to the four freedoms, this kid-friendly picture book filled with fun facts and historical trivia shows how America got the nickname "land of the free."It?s a "free country"! Why? Because in America we're free speak our minds, choose our leaders and set the rules. Since way back when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, Americans have stood up for freedom again and again - but it wasn't always easy! Did you know that Henry "Box" Brown escaped slavery by shipping himself north in a box? Or that Susan B. Anthony was arrested when she tried to vote? Did you know that even young kids protested for the right to go to school? This entertaining, fact-filled book celebrates how, with every generation, more and more Americans won the right to be free. Find out how they did it and why standing up for the "land of the free" is such a big deal!

People Who Changed the World

This fascinating book combines the work of groundbreakers in politics and social activism with mini-biographies of the innovators behind them. A useful resource for projects and posters, bite-sized text breaks down difficult concepts and provides detailed information on a diverse array of world-changers such as Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, and Mahatma Ghandi.

Susan B. Anthony

In an era when women worldwide had few rights and could not vote, Susan B. Anthony risked her freedom and reputation by advocating for women's suffrage in the United States. This engaging title analyzes her 1873 speech On Women's Right to Vote, and its simple, but powerful, assertion that women are "persons." Additional material encourages readers to compare this speech to works by Sojourner Truth, as well as more modern women's rights advocates.

Sonia Sotomayor

The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the US Supreme Court. Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded.

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