Your Freedom, Your Power

Book Details

Title: Your Freedom, Your Power: A Kid’s Guide to the First Amendment
Author: Allison Matulli with Celia Castro-Malaspina
Publisher: Running Press Kids (An Imprint of Hachette Book Group) 
ISBN: 0762478381


If you ever wanted to know the real story on what and why you can and cannot legally do some things as a kid or even a grown up in America this is the book for you! This book is for grades 6 and up. “Why can’t I say that at school? Why can’t I wear this to school? How can I get in trouble for what I do when I am not at school?” If you have ever wondered about these issues and many more, this book and its information on the First Amendment will clearly explain the answers. The Table of Contents makes it very easy to find the topics that interest you and there are fascinating back-stories of the issues.

Mrs. K Stewartteacher in Tucson, AZ

Your Freedom, Your Power by Allison Matulli focuses on explaining the First Amendment in student-friendly language. The author divides the book into easy to digest sections focusing on freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition. I also appreciated specific cases and examples highlighted in the book for student readers to reference regarding the First Amendment. There is even a note at the end of the book reminding readers that history is ever-changing, so it’s important to stay current on events nationwide. This would be a useful addition to a secondary/high school library.
– Sarah T. PYP Librarian, TX

As a fourth grade teacher, it is tricky sometimes to teach government concepts in a way that 10 year olds can understand. Teaching the First Amendment during our Government unit is an important part. This book, by Allison Matulli, has a lot of amazing examples and questions to help foster discussions with my students. I love how it is organized, the graphics and charts are easy to understand, and many of the cases and situations in the book are things that my students are interested in. I also like how they added a global perspective to see how people all over the world have/do not have the freedoms that we have here in the United States.
I would definitely read this book if you are a teacher, especially one that teaches about the First Amendment. 5/5 stars from me!
– Laura F. Fourth Grade Teacher, OH