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A very civics Christmas

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The folks over at the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) have once again compiled a list of their favorite reads for the holiday. As they note, “Whether you’re looking for some stocking stuffers, 8 nights of candlelit reading, or just a good book to curl up with while Mother Nature lets it snow, our Holiday Book List has something for all the civic-minded boys and girls.” (See their list from last year here.)

We are happy to note that our collection Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation, ed. by Rick Hess, Meira Levinson, and David Campbell, made the list.  Here’s NCoC’s entire list of suggested holiday reading:

  • The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans: Long-time Congressman Mickey Edwards writes compellingly about the state of politics in our country—how we got into what he believes is a dysfunctional system, and what can be done to correct this moving forward. His book offers solutions for politicians and citizens alike to put party aside and put country first.
  • The Warrior’s Heart: Lt. Eric Greitens’ most recent book shares his personal story with young readers, encouraging them to live lives of courage and compassion. Read our interviewwith Eric about this book, and check out his last publication, “The Heart and the Fist.”
  • A Good Man: Mark Shriver remembers the life-long legacy of public service offered by his father, the late Sargeant Shriver. Mark’s book helps reflect on the principles of faith, hope, and love embodied by his father, which are necessary ingredients for a life of service.
  • Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement: This book represents the first comprehensive attempt to assess the practice and impact of deliberative civic engagement, and helps address some of the big questions facing the field. It’s a compliation edited by Tina Nabatchi, John Gastil, G. Michael Welksner, and Matt Leighninger. Read NCoC’s interview with Matt to learn more.
  • Making Civics Count: Citizenship Education for a New Generation: This book offers research-based insights into what diverse students and teachers know and do as civic actors, and proposes a blueprint for civic education for a new generation that is both practical and visionary. It’s edited by David E. Campbell, Meira Levinson, and Frederick M. Hess, and you can check it out here.
  • Citizenship: What Every American Needs to Know: Compiled by Brenda Star, this is a compact, easy–to–read, concise educational book about America: its history, its government, and how it works. Citizenship offers citizens the tools they need to take part in thoughtful civic engagement.

With this collection of holiday reading, we leave you with best wishes for a happy holidays. Our normal citizenship blogging will resume in the new year.