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Children’s Books on the U.S. Constitution

by Bill Hayes

Need a children’s book on the U.S. Constitution? Here are 10 (in alphabetical order by title):

The Constitution of the United States. By Christine Taylor-Butler. The story of how the Constitution came into being, what it is, and what it means today. (Grades 3–6, 48 pp.)

The Creation of the U.S. Constitution by Michael Burgan. Illustrated by Gordon Purcell and Terry Beatty. The story of the Constitution told in comic-book format.(Grades 3–6, 24 pp.)

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy. Illustrated by Joan Holub. The Constitution and its history are presented in question and answer format. (Grades 2–5, 80 pp.)

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution. By Betsy Maestro. The history of how the Constitution came into being. (Grades 2–6, 48 pp.)

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. The story of the Constitutional Convention. (Grades 2–6, 64 pp.)

The U.S. Constitution by Kathy Allen. Simply written large-format book on the Constitution suitable for young children. (Preschool to grade 3, 24 pp.)

The U.S. Constitution and You. By Syl Sobel. An explanation of what the Constitution does. (Grades 3–5. 48 pp.)

We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow. The book’s words are those of the preamble, but the pictures tell the story of three kids camping in their back yard. The words and pictures fit to tell of the rights and responsibilities of citizens. (Preschool to grade 3, 32 pp.)

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney. Illustrated by Greg Harlin. The story of how the Constitution was created. (Grades 3–5, 40 pp.)

Writing the U. S. Constitution (Our American Story) by Lori Mortensen. Illustrated by Siri Weber Feeney. How the U.S. Constitution was agreed to. (Preschool to grade 3, 32 pp.)

If you know of others, please let us know.