Shh, We're Writing the Constitution

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Author: Jean Fritz
Illustrations by Tome dePaola
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; Paperback
Ages: 9-12
Period: Revolutionary War, Constitution; Non-fiction

In the sweltering summer of 1787, fifty-five delegates from thirteen states huddled in the strictest secrecy in the Philadelphia State House to draw up a plan of government for the collection of states, and after four months of emotional outbursts and rousing debates, our Constitution was written.

Jean Fritz wrote many fascinating and well-researched books for children on history. Here are some of her most popular books on American history, that you will want to be sure and read:

American history picture books (for ages 9-12):
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; George Washington's Breakfast; Shh, We're Writing the Constitution; What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?; and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock.

Unforgettable Americans (for Young Adults):
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt; Great Little Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers, Make Way for Sam Houston, and Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold

Other Titles: The Cabin Faced West, The Double Life of Pocahontas, Early Thunder, George Washington's Mother (beginning reader), and Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln (beginning reader).


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