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Theme Addressed: Government

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Government in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index

Title Author Subject Brief Description
Brown v. Board of Education: Equal Schooling for All Harvey Fireside and Sarah Betsy Fuller Government's role
In managing disputes
Historical overview of conflict surrounding school desegregation, the Supreme Court's decision and the decision's impact on both sides.
Grandpa's Mountain Carolyn Reeder Taking property away from people to make the Shenandoah National Park. The Great Depression Carrie spends her summers with her grandparents in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This particular summer they must all grapple with the decision of the government to clear all homesteads out of the area that is designated to become the Shenandoah National Park. Grandpa uses every legal means to try to stop the movement. Others are happy with the offer of a home and land near schools and hospitals to replace their poorer accommodations in the mountains. Economic themes as well.
Hiawatha: Messenger of Peace Dennis Brindell Fradin Representative forms of government Real-life account of Hiawatha's role in bringing together 5 warring Indian tribes which would form the Iroquois Federation, a representative system of government that is often credited with providing a model for American colonists three hundred years later.
Our Journey from Tibet: Based on a True Story Laurie Dolphin Freedoms and government repression of those freedoms Story of a young girl who flees Tibet with her siblings to escape oppressive Chinese rule. Children get split from their parents and attend a camp for Tibetan refugee children. Also discusses the role of the Dalai Lama.
Poppy Brian Floca Authority, control, and government Owl has convinced a family of deer mice that only he can provide them with protection from the porcupines. Heroine of story finds out that the owl is lying and challenges his authority to set the rules for her family.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends* Nigel Kelly Communist vs. capitalist government This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted, and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa* Patricia and Frederick McKissack Medieval African governance This book accurately describes what life was like in Medieval Africa, including multiple historical points of view. In addition to recounting the past, the books explains the process of archaeological and historical research. (For more advanced readers.)
We the People: The Constitution of the United States of America Peter Spier Preamble of
Author provides overview of Constitutional Convention and ratification, then uses illustrations to make each phrase in the preamble come alive for children.

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