November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Fault Lines in the Constitution by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson | SLJ Review

LEVINSON, Cynthia & Sanford Levinson. Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today. illus. by Adela Pons. 192p. Peachtree. Sept. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781561459452.

Gr 6-8 –Gerrymandering. Filibusters. The electoral college. The authors tackle these and other constitutional issues in this insightful work. The book functions differently than a straightforward explanatory text on the U.S. Constitution. Rather, the authors examine the fissures and issues that arise when it comes to the actual application of […]

Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency by Ann Bausum | SLJ Review

BAUSUM, Ann. Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency. 224p. chart. chron. further reading. index. maps. photos. reprods. National Geographic. Jan. 2017. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781426326851.

Gr 4-7 –A clear, colorful design; a variety of sidebars; and rich historical material make this a solid, go-to resource for information on the presidents. The text is chronologically organized into six parts, each of which features a two-page time line delineating significant events. Each entry begins with a fact […]

Piecing Together Our Past: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

A focus on U.S. military battles and engagements marks this season’s offerings.

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Presidents, Outlaws, and Icons: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

The many sights, customs, and tenets of U.S. culture and government are explored within this season’s lineup.

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Teaching with “Hamilton”

Inspired by the record-breaking Broadway musical, this librarian gets kids rapping, listening, and learning American history.

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Our Land: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

With a nation’s past as complicated as ours, it is essential that we provide young people with balanced accounts of history. This season presents a variety of perspectives, from the indigenous peoples who long cared for this land to recent events through the eyes of past presidents.

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A Different Perspective: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

In our increasingly diverse, global society, perspective is a must. Drawing on primary resources, vivid writing, and thoughtful analysis, most of the new series on American history reflect publishers’ ongoing efforts to publish materials that represent different viewpoints.

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America the Beautiful: U.S. History | Series Nonfiction

With their attention-grabbing graphics, dynamic layouts, and fact-filled, fun content, these new sets truly immerse readers deep within the rich, nuanced history of our nation.

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Symbols & Sites, Monuments & Movements: U.S. History | Series Made Simple Fall 2014

Backed by solid research and bolstered by top-notch writing, these books offer material on U.S. history, from the youngest readers to the oldest.

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