Thursday, May 17, 2012

Introduce young readers to American history

Mitt Romney. Barack Obama. The presidential race is on and we're bombarded with polls, commercials, and political ads pitting the two candidates against each other. So why not use the opportunity to teach young readers about our country, civic duty and what makes our nation so special? Two books that do just that are WOODROW FOR PRESIDENT: A TAIL OF VOTING, CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS and LIBERTY LEE'S TAIL OF INDEPENDENCE.

In Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections, young readers will be fascinated to learn the presidential election process from start to finish as they follow a fascinating character, Woodrow G. Washingtail. Woodrow worked hard in school, graduated college, and before you know it, his friends are encouraging him to run for town council. Woodrow works his way up the political ladder from mayor to senator to governor to president. But the presidential election is unlike any other and the book dives into forming a campaign, seeking volunteers, setting up election headquarters, picking a political party, debating, voting and more. At the "Tail End" of the book, you'll find resources for parents and teachers, additional information and activities and even a contract to vote! What I love about this book is that it's written in rhyme and although it tackles such a difficult subject, everything is written so it's easily understood by a 5 to 8 year old. The illustrations add to the fun and you might just find your young reader wanting to get out there and do his part!
  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Patriot Press (May 21, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1596987863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987869

In Liberty Lee's Tail of Independence, young readers learn the "tail" of America's birth. This time, our star is a patriotic mouse named Liberty Lee who takes us back more than 400 years to meet the first settlers. Young readers are introduced to the colonies, the Boston tea party, the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence. At the "Tail End" of the book, parents and teachers will find a list of resources to further the discussion. This book is a fun way to introduce kids not only to our history, but the importance of our freedom and independence and told in rhyme, this story turns history class into a fun-filled adventure.

  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Little Patriot Press (May 22, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1596987928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987920

Both of these books are great resources for any parent or teacher looking to teach young readers about what makes America so great!

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