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Intermediate Civics (3-4)
Theme Addressed: Citizens' Rights and Privileges

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Citizens' Rights and Privileges in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index

Title Author Subject Brief Description
A Fence Away from Freedom: Japanese Americans and World War II Ellen Levine Japanese internment during WWII Collection of oral histories from Japanese Americans who were children or young adults at the time of WWII. Histories cover life before the war, the immediate effects of Pearl Harbor, and life in the camps.
A Long Way to Go: A Story of Women's Right to Vote Zibby O'Neal Women's right to vote Young female character must struggle with the restrictions that her parents and brothers think women are incapable of accomplishing. Also learns of her grandmother's efforts to win woman the right to vote.
All for the Better: A Story of El Barrio* Nicholasa Mohr Immigration; The Depression; One person can make a difference An eleven-year-old Puerto Rican girl living in New York's Spanish Harlem in 1932 encounters prejudice and hardships.  With determination and patience she finds success and makes a positive difference in her community.
Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair Patricia Polacco Freedom of expression and the press Highlights what happens when a city sacrifices its right to read books. Town's librarian takes to her bed for 50 years but reemerges when youngsters show interest in reading.
Baseball Saved Us* Ken Mochizuki Japanese internment during WWII Tells the story of a family who is forcibly relocated by the US government and how they turn to baseball in the camp in order to pass the time and gain dignity and self-respect.
Dancing to America Ann Morris Immigration and rights Tells the story of a young boy whose family emigrates from the Soviet Union to America in order to gain both religious freedom and freedom of expression.
I Remember China Raintree/Steck-Vaughan (publisher) Freedoms and democracy Tells the story through a child's perspective of a Chinese family who supported the Tiananmen Square demonstration and since the family no longer felt safe in China, they emigrated.
"In Response to Executive Order 9066" in Celebrate America in Poetry and Art* Dwight Okita Japanese internment during WWII A moving poem that tells about a Japanese-American's loss of her best friend because of the relocation order. The child hopes her friend will miss her and not forget her when she is gone.
Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor* Russell Freedman Child Labor This book contains amazing photographs, taken by Lewis Hine, of child labor in the United States before World War I. During this time, Hine was working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee.
Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters* Andrea Davis Pinkney Black Freedom fighters and civil rights. This book is a compilation of short biographies about black women who fought for their rights and the rights of other people. The women covered in this book are; Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Heights, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
Letters from Rifka* Karen Hesse Immigration and freedoms Story of immigration to gain religious and other freedoms.
The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Interment Camp, Based on a Classroom Diary* Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat Japanese internment during WWII Actual journal entries kept by a third grade class in 1943 which provide a daily account of life in the internment camp through the eyes and voices of children.
The Conversation Club Diane Stanley Conflict between rights and values Peter is invited to join neighbor's conversation club but quickly leaves when everybody talks at once. Forms his own "listening club" where nobody except Peter can speak. Changes the rules to only one person can speak at a time and then everyone is happy.
The Day Gogo Went to Vote** Elinor Batezat Sisulu Right to vote Tells the story of an elderly South African woman who votes for the first time in the 1994 South African elections after the end of apartheid.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Cold War Ends* Nigel Kelly Freedom of speech This books explains how the Cold War began, persisted, and ended in a way that elementary students can understand.
The Invisible Thread Yoshiko Uchida Japanese internment during WWII Author recounts her childhood in California , her father's imprisonment after Pearl Harbor and the family's internment at a camp in Utah.
You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton?** Jean Fritz Women's suffrage movement Biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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