Your Freedom, Your Power

A Kid's Guide to the First Amendment
by Allison Matulli, Clelia Castro-Malaspina, Carmelle Kendall

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A nonpartisan, unbiased look at the First Amendment and how it informs our daily lives, this book clearly explains the fundamentals of American politics to middle grade readers.

The First Amendment grants kids and every other citizen five monster privileges: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press,
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Published By Running Press Kids

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 192

Publication Date 07/25/2023

ISBN 9780762478385

Dimensions 6.95 inches x 9.75 inches

“This offering's subtitle includes the words ‘A Kid's Guide,’ and here those words are especially apt. Readers are addressed directly, kids' rights and relatable issues are kept at the forefront of every discussion, and heady topics, such as the federal court system, are introduced in an informal, conversational manner. Manageable paragraphs, accessible text, lists, charts, and insets help explain, citing court cases that directly affect students: evolution in science courses, religious-related clothing, the effect of school bathroom policies on transgender kids. Every chapter offers fresh perspectives and interactive activities, including tips on how to petition for change. Students, parents, and teachers will appreciate the generous back matter and direct approach, and this works equally well as leisure reading for young activists, a homework helper, or a classroom supplement. Most important, this book empowers kids, telling them how to use their voices and defend their rights.”
— Booklist, starred review

"Current, insightful, and savvy."
— Kirkus Reviews

“Matulli and Castro-Malaspina break down the functions of the First Amendment in this handy guide to American politics. Through their conversational approach, the authors demystify the document to present a primer for young people.”
— Publisher's Weekly

“An ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to middle school and community library Political Science collections for young readers.”
— Midwest Book Review

"What makes this guide so powerful is that while most books about the First Amendment provide examples of landmark cases brought before the courts in defense of adult rights, all the cases here are brought on behalf of minors. A useful addition to most libraries."

— School Library Journal

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