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Constitution Translated for Kids - winner of the 2011 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for Education (Government and Politics), the “Mom’s Choice Award” and a “Best Books Award” - is a simple, widely acclaimed, non ideological translation of the entire U.S. Constitution, side-by-side with the original 1787 text.  Teachers hail the accompanying free Teacher’s Guide, and a Toolkit as extraordinary resources to offer lessons on Constitution Day in September.  

Constitution Day, 2016


This is a series of short videos (most under 2 minutes) about different aspects of the Constitution. Feel free to use these in your classroom for Constitution Day, September 17. Ads jump up every few videos, but you can skip then in a few seconds.

1 – CONSTITUTION DAY: Author Cathy Travis, Constitution Translated for Kids

       Schoolhouse Rock, “I’m Just a Bill”

2 – WRITING THE CONSTITUTION: Constitution represents the highest rules in the land.

3 – POWER SHARING: Founders divided government into Congress, President and Judiciary. 

4 – PRESIDENTS, CONGRESS: Congress has two parts: House of Representatives and Senate.

5 – JUDGES, STATES: Ever hear about “unelected judges?” Precisely how Constitution set it up.

6 – RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CITIZENS: Voters decide our national journey every time we vote for a Congress … and select a president. 

7 – FAITH: Founders knew religious liberty works only if the government stays out of religion. 

8 – OTHER RIGHTS FOR CITIZENS: Privacy is protected in the 4th Amendment. The 14th Amendment says if you are born here, you are automatically a citizen.

9 – CLOSE: The Constitution is our only common birthright as Americans.


 Other Free Resources for Teachers:


 Teacher's Guide walks educators through the book - and offers insights to accompany Constitution Translated for Kids

 Constitution Day Toolkit  offers teachers a wide variety of lessons and ideas for Constitution Day in September. Teaching the Constitution on Constitution Day is literally the law.

 Refigerator door Bill of Rights

Coloring pages for younger students (pre-readers, first and second grade)

Explaining the Constitution to third graders


Civics Renewal Network 


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Order from Amazon


Listen to NPR interview with Cathy 
on Morning Edition >>


See Cathy on “Fox and Friends” morning show >>