Book Review: The History of the Constitution by Lisa Trusiani

Discover the history of the Constitution―an introduction for kids ages 6 to 9

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates signed the Constitution of the United States into law. These four pages of rules would define how the United States government worked and serve as the foundation for all the rights that we enjoy today. This colorfully illustrated story takes kids on a journey through the writing of the Constitution, how it was amended with the Bill of Rights, and the ways it still shapes life in the United States.

This exploration of the constitution for kids features:

  • A visual timeline―Kids will easily understand important details of the Constitution’s history with a timeline that covers everything from the writing of the first draft to how it has influenced modern Supreme Court rulings.
  • Core curriculum―This book teaches kids about the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How behind the Constitution, then tests their knowledge with a quick quiz after they finish.
  • Lasting changes―Kids will explore thought-provoking questions that help them better understand how the Constitution protects them and their rights.

Introduce kids to the Constitution with this history book for early readers.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This introduction of the Constitution for new readers has a lot of good information. It starts with the colonies, the Revolutionary War, and the Articles of Confederation. It explains that after the Revolutionary War was won that the Constitution was needed to make the national government stronger and the state governments weaker so that they would actually be united.

The delegates at the Constitutional Convention got a lot done in just three months. They had to make compromises, such as the issue of slavery which was already a hot issue. They also came up with the three branches of government that we still have today. The Bill of Rights is also explained.

There are some extras in The History of the Constitution that will encourage children to learn. Some of the words are bold which means they are in the glossary in the back. There are also timelines and graphics called “Who,” “Where,” and “When.” Occasionally there’s an arrow with “Jump in the Think Tank” suggestions, which encourage children to think about what they might do in a given situation. There’s a quiz at the end as well as additional Think Tank questions.

There is a lot to learn about the Constitution and how it was made, and this book is a good start to learning about its history.

About the Author

Lisa Trusiani has written hundreds of comics stories and nonfiction books for children. Her work has received the iParenting Media HOT Award, National Parenting Center Award, NAPPA Parenting Publishing GOLD Award, several Parents’ Choice Awards, and the Lupine Honors Award from the Maine Library Association. She is happiest writing for children and spending time with her family and friends. Lisa feels completely at home in her birthplace, the great state of Maine; her father’s ancestral village, San Polo dei Cavalieri, Italy; and her heart space, Maplewood, New Jersey.

About the Illustrator

Isabella Grott was born in 1985 in Rovereto, a small town in northern Italy. As a child, she loved to draw and play outside with Perla, her beautiful German Shepherd. She studied at Nemo Academy of Digital Arts in the city of Florence, where she currently lives with her cat, Miss Marple. She works digitally but also with traditional tools, such as pencils, watercolors, and crayons. Isabella loves traveling, watching movies, and reading—a lot! In fact, if she hadn’t become an illustrator, today she would certainly be a librarian!