Election Day 2018

Harris, Duchess  Freedom of Religion
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  Freedom of the Press
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess  Governmental Checks and Balances
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess, with Rebecca Morris  The Right to Bear Arms
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess  The Right to Protest
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

Harris, Duchess, with Kari A. Cornell  The Right to Vote
Middle school, high school   
112 pp.    ABDO/Essential

American Values and Freedoms series. This series (by a lawyer/American studies PhD) discusses fundamental American rights and freedoms established by the Constitution and legislative action, both the history and their evolution through time; the message is that these freedoms are continually debated. Photographs and archival documents, inserts on related topics, and chapter-ending "Discussion Starters" add interest to the informative and thought-provoking texts. Timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; United States Constitution; Freedom of Religion; Law; Religion; Freedom of the press; Newspapers; Media; Journalism; Censorship; United States Congress; Politics; United States Supreme Court; Presidents—United States; Firearms; Guns; Activism; Civil rights; Voting; Suffrage

Khan, Khizr  This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father
Gr. 4–6, middle school    216 pp.    Knopf

With Anne Quirk. This clearly written, straightforward study of the Constitution is written by Pakistan-born Khan, who spoke passionately at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Khan's personal voice is interesting and readable, supplemented with an abundance of sidebars, speech bubbles, black-and-white photographs, and diagrams. Back matter includes a plea to young people to take a stand for the Constitution and a valuable guide to landmark Supreme Court decisions. Ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Politics; United States Constitution; History, American

Marsh, Sarah Jane  Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word
Gr. K–3, 4–6   
80 pp.    Disney-Hyperion

Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. As a political editorialist, the outspoken and opinionated immigrant Paine (1737–1809) wrote compellingly of the political situation in the American colonies, culminating with his magnum opus, Common Sense. Marsh's clear prose style and short, declarative sentences allow readers to follow events easily. Making the point that words matter, Fotheringham flings hand-lettered words, phrases, and written documents across the pages marking turning points in Paine's life. Timeline. Bib.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Authors; Writing; Politics; Paine, Thomas; History, American—Colonial life; History, American—Revolutionary War

Miller, Marilyn, Ellen Scordato, and Dan Tucker  Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America's History
Gr. 4–6, middle school      224 pp.    Rodale

Illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt. New ed., 1999, Scholastic. A useful volume presenting historic documents in chronological order, this updated edition includes George W. Bush's address to the nation on the September 11 attacks, Barack Obama's 2008 DNC "Speech on Race," and excerpts from the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). Every selection includes historical background, information about the document's author, and the public response. Archival photos and facsimiles are featured. Ind.
Subjects: North America; Government; History, American; Democracy; United States Supreme Court

Souza, Pete  Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency
Gr. K–3, 4–6    
96 pp.    Little, Brown

Former Chief Official White House Photographer Souza presents this visual survey of Barack Obama's time in office. Divided into themed sections, Sousa's stellar collection of photographs (accompanied by anecdotal commentary) paints a collective portrait of the values that informed the forty-fourth president's tenure (e.g., "Be Kind and Respectful"; "Work Hard"; and "Dream Big Dreams"). It's a handsome, inspiring tribute to a landmark presidency.
Subjects: North American; Presidents—United States; Obama, Barack; Photography; White House; African Americans; Mixed-race people

From the October 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.
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