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Sep 18, 2018
LaRia Land and Kevin Nah

What does it mean to be a citizen? Different people would say different things, but no matter our background, every person has special talents to contribute to building our country. It is easy to understand why immigrants take citizenship very seriously. Many spend decades pursuing their dreams of providing a better life for their loved ones and becoming a U.S. citizen.

These books teach children how they can demonstrate good citizenship in their communities and what it is like to become a citizen as an immigrant. Above all, they show children of all ages that we are all stronger together.

 

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Being a Good Citizen

Written by Mary Small, Illustrated by Stacey Previn

It is everyone’s responsibility to make our communities a great place to live! Through colorful illustrations and simple ideas, this book shows kids the best way they can be good citizens, starting with performing good deeds and helping others.

“Jenna works as a crossing guard to help keep people and animals safe. She is being a good citizen.”

 

 


D is for Democracy

Written by Elissa Grodin, Illustrated by Victor Juhasz

Being a citizen of the United States comes with many freedoms and responsibilities. This book uses the letters of the alphabet to teach children about the government and historical events that have shaped our society.

“I is for immigration. Tired of all the strife, people leave their homes to find a better life.”

 

 

Her Right Foot

Written by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris

The Statue of Liberty is an iconic symbol of American culture. This hilarious tale shares how she came to the United States and the mystery of her right foot! Children will learn that we are united by the values of freedom and liberty.

“Liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get or grant by standing around like some kind of statue. No! These are things that require action. Courage. An unwillingness to rest.”

 

 

If I Ran for President

Written by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by Lynne Avril

Being the President of the United States is a very important job. Because almost anyone can run for the highest office in the land, it’s never too early to learn how democracy works! Children will learn they can do whatever they put their mind to, and may be inspired to start putting their platform together.

“On Election Day, millions of voters from across the country go to their polling places to ‘cast their ballot’. That’s another way to say that they vote.”

 

 

 

 

Mama the Alien/ Mama la Extraterrestre

Written by Rene Colato, Illustrated by Laura Lacamara

One day Sofía finds a strange card in her mom’s purse and thinks to herself, could my mamá be an alien? Take the journey with Sofía as she tries to figure out if her mom might be from another planet, while her parents get ready for a mysterious event! Enjoy this imaginative tale, in Spanish and English, and laugh with your kids.

“The card had Mamá’s name on it. I read the big blue word at the top: ALIEN. I could not believe it. Mamá was an alien—¡una extraterrestre!”

 

 

 

 

 

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote

Written by Bonnie Worth, Illustrated by Aristidis Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

You’ve never seen the Cat in the Hat like this before! Revisit the classic rhymes of Dr. Seuss and learn how democracy works in United States.

“We vote for class president, and which snack to get, where to go on class trip, what to pick as class pet.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Can a Citizen Do?

Written by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris

Humor and vivid illustrations take young people on an inspiring journey, highlighting the responsibilities everyone share in creating a welcoming community.

“A citizen’s not what you are—a citizens is what you do. A citizen cannot forget the world is more than you.”

 

 

 

 

 

What is Citizenship?

Written by Laura Loria

The citizenship process can be hard to understand, even for adults! This book uses comprehensive vocabulary and detailed descriptions to help readers learn what citizenship is, how immigrants can become citizens and ways that U.S. citizens can be good citizens.

“Volunteering is a great way to help your community. Good citizens work together to make their country a better place to live.

 

 

 

We The Kids

Written and Illustrated by David Catrow

Vivid illustrations help kids relate to each phrase of the preamble to the United States Constitution. Children are encouraged to think for themselves and discover what these words mean for them.

“Insure domestic tranquility: To make sure we can all have a nice life and get along with one another.”

 

 

 

 

 

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