Whichwords are so important that they ve changed American history than once The Bill of Rights the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the crucial document that spells out how the United States is to be governedPacked with anecdotes and sidebars, case studies, suggestions for further reading, and humorous illustrations, Kathleen Krull s introduction to the Bill of Rights brings a little understood topic vividly to lifeFind out what the Bill of Rights is and how it affects your daily life in this fascinating look at the history, significance, and mysteries of these laws that protect the individual freedoms of everyone even young peopleSupports the Common Core State Standards


10 thoughts on “A Kids' Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant

  1. Amy Amy says:

    Great read about the Bill of Rights and what the amendments actually mean Filled with examples and actual court cases, I recommend this to anyone, not just children, who are interested in our country s government.


  2. Beth Beth says:

    In this well researched, well written book, Krull describes the history of the Bill of Rights and remarks on its significance, historically and for our future She begins by giving props to James Madison, the 100 pound giant responsible for creating the Bill of Rights and goes on to relay the explanation behind each amendment, and weaving in recent issues to show how relevant the 462 words of the Bill of Rights still are today.Krull is a strong youth advocate Many of the court cases she menti In this well researched, well written book, Krull describes the history of the Bill of Rights and remarks on its significance, historically and for our future She begins by giving props to James Madison, the 100 pound giant responsible for creating the Bill of Rights and goes on to relay the explanation behind each amendment, and weaving in recent issues to show how relevant the 462 words of the Bill of Rights still are today.Krull is a strong youth advocate Many of the court cases she mentions revolve around kids censorship of school newspapers, illegal locker searches, prayers at school functions, and banned books Krull points out that the words are open to interpretation, and explains how some amendments were interpreted differently in the past to show the true staying power of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.Krull devotes a separate chapter to the other 17 amendments, with a date and brief explanations for each She includes a quick explanation of the ratification process, and speculates on what sorts of proposed amendments the future might bring The final chapter acknowledges problems with the Bill of Rights.Divito s illustrations are whimsical, and the lettering for the amendments that head each chapter is elegant and dignified Bullets, quotes, and drawings break up the text See also type entries on influential people, precedent setting court cases, and other appear in different fonts and separated from the narrative with bars These sections are always related to the subject, and surprisingly don t interrupt the flow of the writing.Krull has a knack for finding little known gems of information and relating them with enthusiasm Her writing style is very engaging This is a great book to browse or read in one sitting, and the thorough index can be used to look up just one fact U.S history teachers will no doubt find it useful The list of further reading is contemporary and extensive Websites are mentioned throughout the book and not compiled in a single list Every library should own this book that brings history alive and makes the daily impact of the Bill of Rights real


  3. Liz Liz says:

    A Kids Guide to America s Bill of Rights begins with an overview of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S Constitution The overview is followed by three chapters about the First Amendment and then includes one chapter about each subsequent Amendment Each chapter contains the wording of the Amendment, examples to clarify the Amendment, an idea of which rights the authors of the Bill of Rights intended to protect, and a discussion of Supreme Court cases involving the Amendment A Kids Guide to America s Bill of Rights begins with an overview of the Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to the U.S Constitution The overview is followed by three chapters about the First Amendment and then includes one chapter about each subsequent Amendment Each chapter contains the wording of the Amendment, examples to clarify the Amendment, an idea of which rights the authors of the Bill of Rights intended to protect, and a discussion of Supreme Court cases involving the Amendment Where it is appropriate, Krull compares rights in other countries to the rights guaranteed by the particular Amendment she is discussing Also where appropriate, Krull discusses the impact of the particular Amendment on kids Some of the Amendments, for instance the Eighth Amendment which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, bring up difficult subjects such as capital punishment Krull deals with these subjects in a very straightforward way, neither shirking from them nor overdramatizing them.Krull s political leanings are clear When discussing the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms, Krull lists multiple organizations that support gun control She also lists the National Rifle Association, which opposes gun control, but she does not list any other organizations that oppose gun control Some bias is also clear in her text I did not feel her bias compromised her clarity in discussing each Amendment However, kids from liberal families might becomfortable with this book than kids from conservative families.The illustrations add humor and echo points raised by the text The book was published in 1999 I d love to see a post 9 11 version of the book This book is written with a great deal of reverence for the Bill of Rights As Krull says in the last sentence of the book But most people, especially newly arrived immigrants from other countries, will agree Through the freedom it protects, the Bill of Rights has contributed towards making the United States unlike any other nation on earth


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    My parents bought this book for me when I was eight and still convinced that I wanted to be President Eight years later, it s my go to for information about the Bill of Rights especially now that I m taking AP US History , though I have since abandoned dreams of being the President This is a book written for kids, so the book doesn t use difficult language However, it also doesn t skirt around issues that some might feel should be left out of a kids book After all, how well are you going t My parents bought this book for me when I was eight and still convinced that I wanted to be President Eight years later, it s my go to for information about the Bill of Rights especially now that I m taking AP US History , though I have since abandoned dreams of being the President This is a book written for kids, so the book doesn t use difficult language However, it also doesn t skirt around issues that some might feel should be left out of a kids book After all, how well are you going to understand the Miranda Warning and how it came to be if you leave out information like what Ernesto Miranda was accused of It s honest, and not condescending like other books for kids can be.A KIDS GUIDE TO AMERICA S BILL OF RIGHTS explains, pretty thoroughly, how the Bill of Rights came to be, who wrote it, and why it was needed in the first 20 pages It goes on to have one chapter devoted to each of the first ten Amendments with the First Amendment covered in three chapters, due to its importance It explains what they are, why they re necessary, and what court cases have occurred that drew on that particular amendment There s two other chapters afterward one briefly covering the seventeen other amendments, and the other talking about where the Bill of Rights went wrong The book has an index and suggestions for further reading which points out books that might be helpful for younger readers There are illustrations throughout, which are helpful for younger kids, probably, though not my favorite at all.This book is very readable and enjoyable I ve long since moved out of the kid category, but I still read this book from time to time because it s honestly interesting


  5. Wendi Lau Wendi Lau says:

    We are learning about the beginnings of our country and how it affected other peoples wanting to democratize or become independent I picked this book up because it is an accessible way to better understand the important section of the Constitution that the states representatives demanded be added in order to approve the document that set up the format of the new government The Bill of RIghts is all about the individual s rights and protection FROM the government Our founding fathers were ver We are learning about the beginnings of our country and how it affected other peoples wanting to democratize or become independent I picked this book up because it is an accessible way to better understand the important section of the Constitution that the states representatives demanded be added in order to approve the document that set up the format of the new government The Bill of RIghts is all about the individual s rights and protection FROM the government Our founding fathers were very hands off government oriented, completely the opposite of how things are going today This book explained in clear and simple language what each amendment means and why it is important, how it affects our lives today Probably best for 7th grade and up To get the most out of it requires a lot of discussion with the students A very empowering book, for any American.My child is a homeschooling 4th grader I read this book and talked with her about just a few of the rights and the Constitution as a whole rather than have her read it at this juncture


  6. Erin Erin says:

    I can t remember how many times we learned about the founding of America, the colonies, the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and, of course, the Bill of Rights We rarely got past World War II, but those 50 years or so between 1750 and 1800 were hammered into our brains over and over again This is a book that would make that hammering a little less painless It wades through the reasons for the Bill of Rights, the development of the document, key players, and each a I can t remember how many times we learned about the founding of America, the colonies, the Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and, of course, the Bill of Rights We rarely got past World War II, but those 50 years or so between 1750 and 1800 were hammered into our brains over and over again This is a book that would make that hammering a little less painless It wades through the reasons for the Bill of Rights, the development of the document, key players, and each amendment to the constitution Fortunately, it does this with cartoonish illustrations and a thread of humor running through plain English I liked it.Readers who have to learn about this topic might find thisaccessible than other books It is text heavy, but the story is told well Those who are interested in the founding of the country, or our current freedoms and rights, might also enjoy this book It especially addresses the rights of kids.Nothing obviously objectionable


  7. Diane Ferbrache Diane Ferbrache says:

    An updated and revised version of a 1999 publication about the bill of rights written in easy to read and understand language Illustrated with black white line drawings some very entertaining with explanatory captions and loads of sidebars, this is really a great choice for a school library Chapters focus on each section of the Bill of Rights providing historical context an overview, Supreme Court decisions, and many, many examples including some that will resonate directly with student An updated and revised version of a 1999 publication about the bill of rights written in easy to read and understand language Illustrated with black white line drawings some very entertaining with explanatory captions and loads of sidebars, this is really a great choice for a school library Chapters focus on each section of the Bill of Rights providing historical context an overview, Supreme Court decisions, and many, many examples including some that will resonate directly with students free speech student newspapers, student athletes drug testing, Netflix unwarranted searches, corporal punishment cruel and unusual Very readable


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I read this book as research for a play that I have been asked to write Really well written and a great overview of the first 10 amendments Does a great job putting things into context for kids and spelling out what their rights are and how the adult world affects them.


  9. Emsmith Emsmith says:

    Read it ahead of the girls and set up assignments to go with it Good civics book


  10. PWRL PWRL says:

    SM