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U.S. politics

carson_why-couldnt-susan-b-anthony-voteCarson, Mary Kay  Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote?: And Other Questions About Women’s Suffrage
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Sterling

Richmond, Benjamin  What Are the Three Branches of Government?: And Other Questions About the U.S. Constitution
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Sterling

Good Question! series. A question-and-answer format provides information relevant to each book’s American government topic. Informative responses are given to such questions as “What is women’s suffrage?”; “Why was Susan B. Anthony arrested in 1872?”; “Who was the Father of the Constitution?”; “Who attended the Constitutional Convention?”; and “What is the Bill of Rights?”. Illustrations and archival photographs enhance the readable texts. Timeline.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Questions and answers; United States Constitution; Law; History, American—Bill of Rights; Suffrage; Anthony, Susan B.; Voting; Women—Suffragists

donovan_mediaDonovan, Sandy  Media: From News Coverage to Political Advertising
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     64 pp.     Lerner

Donovan, Sandy  Special Interests: From Lobbyists to Campaign Funding
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     64 pp.     Lerner

Grayson, Robert  Voters: From Primaries to Decision Night
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     64 pp.     Lerner

McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino  Political Parties: From Nominations to Victory Celebrations
Gr. 4–6, middle school
     64 pp.     Lerner

Inside Elections series. This series examines political issues that are pertinent to an informed citizenry participating in a democracy. Each book covers some phase of the voting process and provides enough information for a basic understanding of the selected topic. Inserts present pros and cons of viewpoints held by opposition groups. The dense texts are illustrated with small photographs and charts. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Politics; Elections; Media; Advertising; Voting; Political parties

keenan_art-of-the-possibleKeenan, Edward  The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics
Gr. 4–6
     64 pp.     Owlkids

Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin. Focusing on Western representative democracy (mostly Canada and the U.S.), Keenan’s readable introduction emphasizes the importance of the political process and touches on conflict resolution, compromise, polarization, public opinion, and the power of an informed citizenry. Unobtrusive drawings and inserts of case studies effectively complement the narrative. An informative, positive (if somewhat simplistic) view of politics for young readers. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Politics; Democracy

marrin_thomas-paineMarrin, Albert  Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man’s Ideas Helped Form a New Nation
Middle school, high school     165 pp.     Knopf

Marrin shows the evolution of Paine’s opinions and the impact of his writing on both his contemporaries and on future generations. From Common Sense that united the American revolutionaries to The Age of Reason that opened up discussion of organized religion and Deism, careful contextualizing gives readers the opportunity to consider the philosophical beliefs that drove historical events. Reading list, websites. Ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Paine, Thomas; Politics; Authors; History, American—Revolutionary War

waxman_what-are-the-articles-of-the-confederationWaxman, Laura Hamilton  What Are the Articles of Confederation?: And Other Questions About the Birth of the United States
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Lerner

Six Questions of American History series. Informative sidebars and colorful graphics enhance this lively narrative. The book provides a linear, factual account of the “Birth of the United States,” clearly showing the development of the American federal system of government. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: North America; History, American—Colonial life; Politics; Government; Questions and answers

From the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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