Janine Turner
Founder & Co-Chair of Constituting America




Cathy Gillespie
Co-Chair of Constituting America


Recommended Reading List

ADULT

David Barton:

Benjamin Rush: Signer of the Declaration of Independence
The Bulletproof George Washington
Celebrate Liberty!
Wives of the Signers- The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence

Richard Beeman: Plain Honest Men, the Making of the Constitution

William J. Bennet and John T.E. Cribb: The American Patriot’s Almanac

Carol Berkin: A Brilliant Solution

James D. Best: Tempest at Dawn

Catherine Drinker Bowen: Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention

Ron Chernow: Washington, A Life

Moncure D. Conway: The Writings of Thomas Paine

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America

M. Stanton Evans: The Theme is Freedom: Religion, Politics, and the American Tradition

David Hackett Fischer: Washington’s Crossing

James Thomas Flexner: George Washington: The Indispensable Man

Benjamin Franklin:

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Poor Richard’s Almanac

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen: To Try Men’s Souls

Michael Holler:

The Constitution Made Easy

Walter Isaacson:

A Benjamin Franklin Reader

Ben Franklin: An American Life

Phyllis Lee Levin: Abigail Adams: A Biography

Seth Lipsky: The Citizen’s Constitution

Benson J. Lossing: The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Montesquieu: The Spirit of the Laws

David McCullough: John Adams

Pauline Maier: Ratification

Edwin Meese: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

Mary Beth Norton: Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women 1750-1800

John Wilford Overall: A Catechism of the Constitution of the United States of America (1892)

Thomas Paine: Common Sense

Jay A. Parry: The Real George Washington: The True Story of America’s Most Indispensable Man

Anthony A. Peacock: How to Read the Federalist Papers

Bernard Schwartz: The Bill of Rights

Colleen Sheehan: James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self Government

W. Cleon Skousen:

The Making of America

5,000 Year Leap

The Substance and Meaning of the Constitution

Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations

James Srodes: Franklin, the Essential Founding Father

David Stedman: Our Ageless Constitution

Ira Stoll: Samuel Adams: A Life

Marijo Tinlin: How to Raise an American Patriot: Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American

Juliette Turner: Our Constitution Rocks

*FOUNDING DOCUMENTS: (Adult and High School Students)

The Constitution of the United States of America, Including the Bill of Rights

The Declaration of Independence

The Federalist Papers

The Quotable Founding Fathers (edited by Buckner F. Melton)

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:

Nancy K. Arnold: Patriotic Pups

Myrna Blyth and Chriss Winston: How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips, and Activities to Help Your Child Love this Country

Natalie S. Bober: Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution

Lynne Cheney:

A is for Abigail, An Almanac of Amazing American Women

A Time for Freedom

America, A Patriotic Primer

We the People

When Washington Crossed the Delaware, A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

Laurie Cockerell: Founders’ Fables (older elementary)

Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire:

Ben Franklin

George Washington

Dennis Fradin:

…Let It Begin Here “Lexington & Concord First Battles of the Revolution”

The Founders: The 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence

Russell Freedman:

Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Lafayette and the American Revolution

Washington at Valley Forge

Jean Fritz:

Unforgettable Americans Series:

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 Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?

Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

Why Not, Lafayette?

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Kristina Gregory:

Five Smooth Stones: Hope’s Revolutionary War Diary

We are Patriots

The Winter of Red Snow, The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Betsy Maestro: A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution

Judith St. George:

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

Take the Lead, George Washington

Juliette Turner: Our Constitution Rocks

JR. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

Avi: The Fighting Ground

Laurie Cockerell: Founders’ Fables

James Collier: Bloody Country

Deborah DeFord: An Enemy Among Them

Howard Fast: April Morning

Esther Forbes: Johnny Tremain

Jean Fritz: Early Thunder

Joan Goodman: Hope’s Crossing

William Lavender: Just Jane

James Lincoln and Christopher Collier: My Brother Sam is Dead

Carla Killough McClafferty: The Many Faces of George Washington

Scott O’Dell: Sarah Bishop

Ann Rinaldi:

Cast Two Shadows

Finishing Becca

Time Enough for Drums

Elizabeth George Spear:

Calico Captive

Sign of the Beaver

Juliette Turner: Our Constitution Rocks

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:

John Adams: A Defense of the Constitution of the United States

George Clinton and Robert Yates: Anti Federalist Papers

Christopher Coolings: A Patriot’s History of the United States

James C. Reese: George Washington’s Leadership Lessons

Joseph Story: Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States

Juliette Turner: Our Constitution Rocks

*Founding Documents: (See Adult Section)

Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner's Mount Vernon Speech!

Click The Video Above to Hear Juliette Discuss the Constitution at the George Washington Symposium at Mt. Vernon.
"The Youngest Scholar ever to Address a Symposium at Mt. Vernon!"


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