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Rules and Laws in Children's Literature Grades: K-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | Literature Index
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Title Author Subject Brief Description
A Kid's Guide to America's Bill of Rights: Curfews, Censorship, and the 100-Pound Giant Kathleen Krull Bill of Rights This book takes the first ten amendments and made their often difficult language understandable for students. Using anecdotes, sidebars, and political issues, the author helps kids understand not only the meaning of amendments but also their relevance and how they apply to our daily lives.
Bad Girls Cynthia Voight Classroom Rules Hilarious look at school rules in the classroom of a fifth grade teacher who is extremely strict.
Fighting for Honor* Michael Cooper Japanese internment and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team An easy to understand, captive history of the long-standing prewar prejudice against the Japanese Americans, the Japanese internment during World War II, and the experiences of the Japanese American infantry battalion, the most highly decorated unit in U.S. Military history. Also explores the problems the Japanese Americans faced after the war. Excellent photographs.
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.
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.
Nothing But the Truth* Avi First Amendment and Respecting Rules Main character is suspended for humming during the playing of national anthem during morning school announcements. Case becomes about First Amendment and the truth as reported by various sources who witnessed the incident.
Public Defender: Lawyer for the People Joan Hewett Rules and Laws Photoessay which describes the typical day of an Asian American public defender. Straightforward account of a public defender's work with clients charged with serious crimes.
Sleds on Boston Common: A Story from the American Revolution* Louise Borden Bill of Rights This is a folk story of four school children who want to go sledding on the Boston commons in 1774 where British troops are located, and how they deal with their predicament.
The Bill of Rights Patricia Ryon Quiri Bill of Rights This books explains what the Bill of Rights is, and what rights these amendments bestow upon us. The author clearly paraphrases each of the ten amendments and discusses why and how they are continually interpreted by the courts.
The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito Sheila Garrigue Bill of Rights Sara, a World War II British evacuee in Vancouver, is powerless to stop the detention of her friend Mr. Ito, along with other Japanese Canadians.
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 Giver** Lois Lowry Rules and Values Main character, Jonas, is given the assignment of being the receiver of memories no longer available to the people in society. Jonas and his mentor decide on a new system of laws in order to restore memory to the community.
The Journey: Japanese Americans, Racism, and Renewal Sheila Hamanaka Bill of Rights Using details from a five-panel mural, the author depicts the plight of Japanese Americans in World War II.
The Printer's Apprentice Stephen Krensky

Bill of Rights



This story presents the trial of John Peter Zenger, a 1700s New York newspaper publisher, whose landmark case significantly affected American journalism.
There's an Owl in the Shower Jean Craighead George Environmental Laws Young boy brings home a spotted owl that is in trouble; however, the boy's father, a lumberman, lost his job due to the spotted owl legislation. Stimulates discussion on the cost and benefits of various environmental laws.
Through My Eyes: The Autobiography of Ruby Bridges* Ruby Bridges Bill of Rights This is Ruby Bridge's personal account of when, as a six-year-old African American, she integrated the New Orleans public schools in 1960.
When Justice Failed:  The Fred Korematsu Story* Steven A. Chin Constitutional rights violation Fred Korematsu, a law-abiding American citizen, challenged the internment of himself and other Japanese Americans.  His case is heard in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he loses his case.  In 1983, evidence that had been suppressed by government lawyers, was presented in San Francisco Federal Court, and the government had to admit its error in the Supreme Court case.  Ultimately, the government apologized and made reparations to all of those internees still alive.

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