Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
What Can a Citizen Do? Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452173139
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

Author/illustrator duo Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris pair up once again to ask What Can A Citizen Do? (Chronicle, $17.99). Readers are drawn into a story with a broad range of characters and relatable activities such as turning a turtle right side up, wearing pink pants, coloring pictures, and building a treehouse. Eggers’s spare text and Harris’s detailed cut-paper illustrations guide children through a series of questions and answers that not only enlighten, but empower even the youngest citizens more with each reading. Ages 5-8. Donna Wells

Blast from the Past
Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America's Presidents (Kid Legends #1) Cover Image
By David Stabler, Doogie Horner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781594747311
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Published: Quirk Books - October 28th, 2014

Did you know that Dwight Eisenhower had a battle of wits with a territorial goose? That Lyndon Johnson was in love with his teacher? How about that Richard Nixon starred in a school play in boots that were two sizes too small? David Stabler's light biographical collection Kid Presidents (Quirk, $13.95) debunks the American mythology of the 45 presidents, and gives us fresh stories about what they were really like as kids. Rife with colorful caricature-like illustrations from Doogie Horner, these stories prove that if these jokers can be president, anyone can.  Ages 5-12.  Emily Ellerbe

YA Pick
This Is Our Constitution: What It Is and Why It Matters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524770945
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Published: Yearling - February 5th, 2019

In this important book by Pakistani immigrant, Gold Star father, and 2016 Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan, readers are presented with a thorough and readable history of the U.S. Constitution, starting with an explanation of why we need it, and a comprehensive (but not excessively-detailed) narrative about its creation. Khan then goes through the Constitution article by article, and section by section, explaining what each part means in clear, concise and accessible language that most readers can understand. Rounded out by explanations of the Bill of Rights, key amendments and Supreme Court decisions, and the complete texts of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this book is a must-read for Americans of all ages. After all, this is more than just a document: This Is Our Constitution (Knopf, $16.99). Ages 10 and up. Marc Villa.