June 23, 2017

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“Build a Better World” with Chapter Books

Chapter Book Chat columnist Abby Johnson recommends three recent titles (along with lesson plan and activity ideas) that fit perfectly with the “Build A Better World” summer reading theme.

SLJ Joins Campaign on Democracy, Curates Related Book List

What makes democracy work? That’s the core question posed in a learning campaign launched by Facing History & Ourselves. School Library Journal offers a related book list, “Foundations for Future Voters.”

Explore Primary Sources in Free Program Series

The Presidential Primary Source Project presents free, live-streamed programs for middle and high school students. Covering “Culture, Society, and Presidential Decision-Making,” the presentations run through March 2017.

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Teaching the 2016 Presidential Election: Top Tools

These interactive online resources will help to guide students towards becoming tomorrow’s voters. Bonus: each one has a special reason for a librarian to love it.

ICivics Upgrades “Win the White House” Game

A popular, interactive, and nonpartisan game that engages kids in the electoral process has been revamped.

Civic-Minded Students Can Win Trip to DC with PBS

As the presidential primaries continue, kids can learn about the election process through a poster competition.

Politics: We the People | Focus On

If the pundits and talking heads are to be believed, politics in America is dirty business. Lobbying, partisanship, pork-barrel spending, and mudslinging make up no small part of it. There is much more to politics, though. Beneath the necrotic layers of scandal and corruption are the birth-bright essentials of policy, governance, civics, and people. This collection of books, websites, and films attests to that with content, style, and format that are ideal for children and teens.