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The American Revolution for Kids

Janis Herbert

Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers come to life in this activity book, and the concepts of freedom and democracy are celebrated in true accounts of the distinguished officers, wise delegates, rugged riflemen, and hardworking farm wives and children who created the new nation. This collection tells the story of the Revolution, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. All American students are required to study the Revolution and the Constitution, and these 21 activities make it fun and memorable. Kids create a fringed hunting shirt and a tricorn hat and reenact the Battle of Cowpens. They will learn how to make their voices heard in I Protest and how Congress works in There Ought to Be a Law. A final selection including the Declaration of Independence, a glossary, biographies, and pertinent Web sites makes this book a valuable resource for both students and teachers.


2002 / 160 pp / 9781613740507 / $16.95
Order No. 1491

The Civil Rights Movement for Kids

Mary C. Turck

Surprisingly, kids were some of the key instigators in the Civil Rights Movement, like Barbara Johns, who held a rally in her elementary school gym that eventually led to the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court school desegregation decision, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was the first black student to desegregate elementary schools in New Orleans. In The Civil Rights Movement for Kids, children will discover how students and religious leaders worked together to demand the protection of civil rights for black Americans. They will relive the fear and uncertainty of Freedom Summer and learn how northern white college students helped bring national attention to atrocities committed in the name of segregation, and they'll be inspired by the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Activities include: reenacting a lunch counter sit-in; organizing a workshop on nonviolence; holding a freedom film festival followed by a discussion; and organizing a choral group to sing the songs that motivated the foot soldiers in this war for rights.

2000 / 208 pp / 9781613740514 / $16.95
Order No. 1490

Wendell Willkie: Hoosier Internationalist

James H. Madison

Indiana's Wendell Willkie burst upon the national political scene in 1940 when, apparently out of nowhere, he won the Republican nomination for the presidency and ran against Franklin Roosevelt. After his defeat, he traveled widely and returned to write ÂOne World, which had a tremendous impact on the then-isolationist United States. "There was about him," the ÂNew York Times editorialized, "a warm and winning sincerity... a natural straightforwardness which left untouched no one who knew him." These essays by a distinguished group of historians recognize one of the state's most famous native sons and reassess his impact on history one hundred years after his birth.

1992 / 184 pp / 9780253336194 / $28.95
Order No. 1501

Wetland Plants of Indiana

Steve W. Chadde

Wetland Plants of Indiana is the first field guide to all the vascular plants found in the wetland and aquatic habitats of Indiana. Included are plants found in Indiana's bogs, fens, swamps, marshes, wet meadows, and floodplain forests, plus the aquatic plants of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.  Fully illustrated with line drawings and many photographs, this book is an essential reference for botanists, natural resource managers, environmental consultants, students, educators, and anyone simply wanting to learn more about these fascinating places.

2011 / 610 pp / 9781466374164 / $30.95
Order No. 1493

A Look at the Rivers and Bridges of Indiana

Alys Knight, ed.

Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. The content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia and other free online resources, reproduced in book form for convenience as the reader explores Indiana waterways and bridges.

2011 / 241 pp / 9781241700768 / $26.75
Order No. 1494

Natural Wonders Coloring Book

Patrick Hruby

Natural Wonders is a beautiful new coloring book by Patrick Hruby that features forests, flora and fauna. Patrick's colorful and intricate illustrations are gracefully translated here into 32 black-and-white line drawings for young, budding artists to interpret in their own color palettes.   Each drawing is printed on white paper one one side only so that markers don't bleed through to another image. Each page is also perforated at the top for easy removal to place your young artist's artwork on the wall or refrigerator.

2011 / 32 pp / 9781934429716 / $7.95
Order No. 1492
 

The U.S. Congress for Kids

Ronald A. Reis et al

With a focus on dramatic stories, personalities, and turning points, The US Congress for Kids examines the major milestones in congressional history, from the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African Americans and to women, and investigating misconduct in both government and private institutions. Young history buffs will love the drama, controversy, and colorful characters that have always been part of Congress's history while teachers and parents will appreciate the thorough coverage and clear discussions of Congressional purpose, structure, history, and ongoing issues. Helping kids understand why government matters, the book looks beyond the Washington "beltway" to how members of Congress interact with constituents, those citizens that put them in office.

2014 / 144 pp / 9781613749777 / $16.95
Order No. 1489

 

Home Grown Indiana

Christine Barbour and Scott Hutcheson

Home Grown Indiana is an essential guide to the foremost sources of local foods in Indiana. Highlighting more than 400 producers, restaurants, farmers' markets, winemakers, brewers, and food festivals, this book is not only an enjoyable read, but an excellent companion during a weekend drive in the country, a day out with the family, or a holiday food-shopping expedition. Recipes from chefs who put local foods at the heart of their cooking provide inspirational ideas for what to do with the bounty you bring home.  In addition to the 177 lively profiles of Hoosiers who produce fabulous food in Indiana, Home Grown Indiana discusses topical issues such as grass-fed beef, raw milk, and pastured poultry and eggs. Indiana residents who love flavorful food will want to own this insightful and entertaining guide.

2008/ 277 pp / 9780253220196 / $16.95
Order No. 651

Gateway to Freedom

Eric Foner

More than any other scholar, Eric Foner has influenced our understanding of America's history. Now, making use of extraordinary evidence, the Pulitzer Prize winning historian once again reconfigures the national saga of American slavery and freedom.

2015 / 320 pp / 9780198737902 / $26.95
Order No. 1495
 

Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

Larry Lockridge

Raintree County, the first novel by Ross Lockridge, Jr., was the publishing event of 1948. Excerpted in Life magazine, it was a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection, won MGM's Novel Award and a movie deal, and stood at the top of the nation's bestseller lists. Unfortunately, Lockridge's first novel was also his last. Two months after its publication the 33-year-old author from Bloomington, Indiana, took his own life. His son Larry was five years old at the time. Shade of the Raintree is Larry’s search for an understanding of his father's baffling act. In this powerfully narrated biography, Larry Lockridge uncovers a man of great vitality, humor, love, and visionary ambition, but also of deep vulnerability. The author manages to combine a son's emotional investments with a sleuth's dispassionate inquiry. The result is an exhilarating, revelatory narrative of an American writer's life. With a new preface by the author, this 2014 paperback edition marks 100 years since the birth of Ross Lockridge, Jr.

2014 / 544 pp / 9780253012982 / $25.00
Order No. 1497