Kids are always very eager to learn. It is very important to constantly feed their curious mind. Topics like Civics and Governance are a part of their curriculums at a little later stage. However, it is important to know these topics to become responsible citizens. They are the next generation who would take the country forward. They need to be ready to take the responsibility of fostering our valuable democratic traditions.
Books are indeed a child’s best friend. They are the best means for kids to know about these topics. There are many books written for kids that have a lot of moral values hidden in them. But here, we are not only searching for Moral values.
We are not only looking for relevant information that would not only help them in school. But also we are looking for information that would help them further on in their life. As much as learning about Civics and Governance help kids it also helps the country.
“Politically conscious citizens are a gift to a democracy.”
Books that are specially made for kids, explain the intricate concepts of Civics and Governance in a very understandable language just like the courses offered by ArctikCircle.
If you’re like most parents, the question of how to begin teaching young children about their government’s amazing but complex structure may seem daunting. We’ve compiled a starter collection of books that are fun, accessible, and inspiring for the youngest readers (and listeners) to get you started on the important task of explaining democracy.
Civics and Legal Books to Teach Kids About Government
Civics teaches children about their rights as citizens, as well as their responsibilities, such as voting or serving on a jury — and getting involved in their communities to make them better for everyone. We’ve compiled a fantastic collection of books for children on civic and legal knowledge.
Here are some books that will quell the curiosity of kids that they have about Civics and Governance.
1. Elections In India: Everything You Need To Know By Robin Age
The election is the most important process for a democracy like India. Voting is one of the most important duties of a citizen. Because of the importance of elections, it becomes vital for kids to know about it. This is the best book for kids to know about this meticulous process. This prepares the kids to take the important decision of choosing the next government. Choosing a government is not an easy task. It necessarily should not be an easy task, because we need to know the candidate very well before voting for him/her.
This book is very useful for kids. It explains the elaborate election process in a nutshell. It focuses on various aspects like:
- The process of elections
- The evolution of the election process
- New methods of voting
- The Election Commission
2. A For Activist By Innosanto Nagara
Citizens need to be active participants in decision-making for a democracy to survive. Being politically active is beyond participating in elections. Being politically active also means raising your voice against the unjust. It means being there for the fellow citizens of the country.
This book teaches kids to become unapologetic about activism. It inspires kids to stand up for what they believe in. They understand that it is right to fight for the causes they feel for. It is a very engaging book that calls kids and parents to act and become proactive.
It even touches on topics like environmental justice and civil rights. Kids through this book get a very impressive understanding of their rights and duties. They are left inspired and determined after reading this book.
The author has also used a lot of graphics to catch the attention of the kids and keep them engaged throughout their reading. Parents are highly encouraged to get this book and acquaint their kids with governance.
3. We The Children Of India By Leila Seth And Bindia Thapar
Do you know the most sacred books that we as a country hold with pride?
Yes, that is our Constitution.
The constitution guides the country at every step. It consists of all the beliefs and values that our country stands for. Learning about the constitution is like learning about the entire country. It is thus important for kids to know about our constitution which has been a guiding light for all of us. This book is a great start for the kids in their journey to know about their own country.
“The Preamble is a mirror of the constitution.”
It gives us a glimpse of the constitution. The book explains the preamble to kids. The author, Leila Seth is the former chief justice of India. She knows what she is writing about. The language is so simple that even the youngest reader can understand.
It is not easy to explain difficult concepts like republic, sovereignty, or secularism to kids. But the book accomplishes to do this difficult task. The acclaimed illustrator Bindia Thapar adds all the colors that the book requires. The captivating illustrations make the experience enjoyable. It is an honest effort to bring governance to the youngest audience.
4. Our Constitution By Rohini Ooomma
Here is again another book that talks about our Constitution. However, unlike the previous one, this book goes beyond the preamble. It deals with the fundamentals of the Indian Government. Our constitution is the longest written constitution in the world.
Therefore it mentions all details of the functioning of the government very meticulously. This book covers all relevant topics that would help kids become better citizens.
It talks about the fundamental rights, how can they be exercised and how they operate, about the directive principles, power of the union, etc. It covers a lot of aspects of governance as enshrined in the constitution. The book also has interactive activities and fun illustrations to keep the kids engaged. The book leaves thought-provoking questions with the kids.
5.The Legislature By Rohini Oomma
This book by Rohini Oomma is as useful as the first one. The most important part of governance is the three organs of the government. The Legislature is thus a vital part of the government.
Kids may be only aware of the different laws in the country. They may be only aware that they shouldn’t break the signal or they shouldn’t steal. But they don’t know how these laws came about. They don’t know who made these laws or why even are we following these laws.
They don’t know how a government makes these laws. This book is a beautiful insight into the functioning of the law-making body of our country. It talks about its composition, its functions, etc.
It also talks about the relationship between the legislature and the other organs of the government. Furthermore, it also outlines the relationship between the different components of the legislature. It defines how Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and Speaker work.
6.Book Uncle And Me By Uma Krishnaswami
A story is good, but a story with a lesson is great!
This book is a classic example of this. Kids are fickle minded and it is very difficult to grasp their attention. But on the other hand, it is easy to catch their attention with a story. A story with interesting characters with whom they relate is a delight for them.
This book teaches kids about elections and governance in the most fun way possible. It is a story about a nine-year-old girl named Yasmin and her encounters with the owner of a free lending library whom she calls, “Book Uncle”. It shows how Yasmin works to bring a difference and create awareness with the coming elections. It is an adventurous ride that every kid should join.
Books are a very effective way to introduce Kids to difficult yet important concepts like governance. They are interesting, engaging, and informative. Once kids are immersed in books it is a pleasure for parents as there is no looking back from there.
Allow your child to become an expert in your country’s and other countries’ laws and civics. Take a look at ArctikCircle’s online Legal and Civics courses. Civics and Governance is a topic so relevant for kids. But sometimes it gets forgotten with the conventional subjects. However, parents should realize that for kids to be responsible adults they first need to be responsible citizens.