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Review: Awesome America

July 1, 2016

Awesome America


Awesome America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History, People, and Culture by Katy Steinmetz is a wonderful resource for middle grade students.  With over 800 photographs as well as charts and sections that include Our Government, Our Presidents, Tour the Fifty States, Civil Rights, Great Americans, America’s Role in the World, and a Year-by-Year Timeline, this book is full of accessible information that young students want and need to know.  The information is presented in a lively and interesting manner that is sure to engage youngsters and teach them a thing or two.  There’s even a glossary and index so everything is readily available!

I read Awesome America straight through from cover and to cover and did find it repetitive a time or two, but I don’t think that’s the way most people will approach this book.  The illustrations and charts make it a fun book to dip in and out of or to grab when you need some information about our government, history, or even pop culture.  Young readers are sure to learn something from this book because I did!  I didn’t realize Native Americans didn’t have the right to vote everywhere in the U. S. until 1956!

This is the perfect book for the classroom so the publisher has created a terrific curriculum guide.  Of course, there’s no reason parents can’t explore its resources to use the book at home.

I can’t say enough good things about Awesome America!  I think kids will pick it up over and over again because it makes learning fun!  Pick this one up for the kids in your life, just in time for the 4th of July!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2016 5:22 am

    This will be a good read for foreigners like me!

  2. July 1, 2016 5:32 am

    I have this one coming up tomorrow. Very fun book!

  3. Patty permalink
    July 1, 2016 7:52 am

    Books like this get used over and over again…also a great resource for a classroom!

  4. July 1, 2016 9:22 am

    This is cool. It comes on the heels of the Ruta Sepetys books.

  5. July 1, 2016 1:50 pm

    I like the sound of this book, Kathy! Excellent review. Have a terrific July 4th!

  6. July 1, 2016 8:18 pm

    Looks like one for Gage’s library!

  7. Ryan permalink
    July 2, 2016 12:37 am

    I’m always curious to see who authors pick to highlight as Great/Notable Americans in books like these.

  8. July 2, 2016 11:20 am

    I really liked this book as well. I took it out to the porch and read it straight through in one evening. I couldn’t stop!

  9. Literary Feline permalink
    July 3, 2016 3:11 pm

    This sounds like it would a great addition to the classroom!

  10. July 3, 2016 9:31 pm

    This one sounds like the perfect book for a family to take on a road trip!

  11. July 5, 2016 8:10 pm

    Sounds like a good book to keep in mind for my daughter as she gets into the older grades.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    July 7, 2016 11:19 am

    Oh! I forgot about the curriculum guide. It’s a fantastic resource!

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