On September 17, 1787, the founding fathers changed the course of American history – they signed the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest working constitution in the world, still in effect after 200 years! Yep, our Constitution rocks! Historians have called it miraculous, revolutionary, and unprecedented. With it, our Founding Fathers created a free nation, a country governed by the people in a way that had never been seen before.
Fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner, the homeschooled daughter of actress and conservative talk radio host Janine Turner, is encouraging her peers to understand the importance of the Constitution and gain a deeper understanding of the document that makes America the greatest nation on earth in her debut book Our Constitution Rocks!
Releasing nationwide on September 4, 2012 from Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan, Our Constitution Rocks! takes a unique look at America’s founding document and makes it relevant to young people. Learn how those guys in wigs came up with some of the best ideas ever – and find out why the Constitution still matters to kids today. “It’s not just an old document written by a bunch of men in powdered wigs and tights,” says Juliette. “It is of utmost importance for kids, the future generation of America, to understand the relevancy of our Constitution, the law of the land. It is America’s road map and guide and without reverence and a working knowledge of it, we will lose our country.”
An informative and easy read for all ages, including parents and teachers, Our Constitution Rocks! simplifies an age-old historical document by translating it into current language. Juliette breaks down the Constitution, clause by clause, and makes it real for a new generation through fun facts, quotes, cartoons, actual debates, great graphics, and cool categories such as:
- What has it done for me lately?
- Why should I care?
- How can I make a difference?
- Breaking it down
- The Bottom Line
- What were they thinking?
Ever since her mother read the Constitution to her on a hammock during spring break, Juliette has been interested in the Constitution and how it affects the future of America. The idea and concept for the book began as a homeschooling assignment where Juliette interpreted ninety essays that had been written by scholars from Constituting America, making them kid-friendly for a younger audience.
Juliette’s passion and excitement breathes new life into an old document and explains why the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most important documents in world history. Our Constitution Rocks! is a reminder of what it means to have a voice and live free.
The book is endorsed by a number of reputable figures including:
- Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States
- Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America
- Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College
- Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association
Author, activist, and student Juliette Turner is the National Youth Director for Constituting America. Juliette is homeschooled by her mother on a ranch outside of Colleyville, Texas, where she can be found caring for eight dogs and twenty-five heads of longhorn cattle when she isn’t busy studying, writing, or speaking at political conventions. For more information about Our Constitution Rocks!, please check out Juliette’s YouTube video:
This book would be a great unit study for Constitution Week, September 16 – September 23.