New this month from the timely folks at TIME FOR KIDS is a look at the words that have shaped our country. With politics in the news every minute of the day, children are taking an increased interest in the history preceding this moment in time. What better way to make a difference in the future than to have a grasp of what happened in the past.

Seven documents each receive their own chapter. You’ll recognize most, but there are also a few not so familiar.


A background of how the document came to be is followed by the actual document. There is also an informative Meet The Author piece so you can learn more about the document’s creator.

If your eyes get heavy at the thought of reading about history, you may perk up at the added modern feature to each chapter—a cell phone text conversation between the principal parties invested or who are at odds with the document. They are informative and often humorous. Here’s a brief excerpt of Thomas Jefferson and King George III and their text exchange:

Thomas Jefferson: AND you closed Boston Harbor. You cut us off from trade with every other part of the world.

King George III: You threw 340 chests of tea into the harbor!

T.J.: Heh-heh. That was a good one. Look, the fact is you are not keeping us safe. You declared that you will no longer protect the colonies.

K.G. III: Ugh. So much complaining. Why can’t you just follow the rules?

With more than 200 full-color photographs and illustrations, Our Nation’s Documents is an important handbook for every young person (and let’s not forget the older audience who might want a refresher on their long forgotten social studies classes). Be sure to also check out the first two titles in the series: Presidents of the United States and 50 States: Our America.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this book with us, Greg. This looks like an awesome read for American history fans of all ages! The texting section in each chapter sounds like fun for middle-grade readers.

  2. Denise V. says:

    Good selection of documents. It sounds like they are presented in a less boring way. My kids can surely use this handy book in their American history class.

  3. I will have to get this one. Can’t wait to see the texts re: The Truman Doctrine. It sounds like a really fun look at something that could be deadly dull. Thanks for telling me about it.

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