The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by the Founding Fathers is one of the most important and influential events in American history.
To celebrate its 226th anniversary (Tuesday, September 17, 2013) Bank Street College Library has made the following bibliography.
Please note all books and multimedia items are available year-round. To find out more about a particular resource click on its title.
Books in the Children's Collection
Allen, K. (2007). The U.S. Constitution. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Call# J 342.7302 A
Simple text and photographs introduce the U.S. Constitution, its history, and significance.
Aloian, M. (2009). Constitution Day. New York, NY: Crabtree.
Call# J 394.264 A
Examines the history and traditions of Constitution Day, a holiday celebrated annually on September 17th.
Catrow, D. (2002). We the kids: The preamble to the Constitution of the United States. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Call# J 342.73 C
An illustrated preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
Cefrey, H. (2004). The United States Constitution and early state constitutions: Law and order in the new nation and states. New York, NY: Rosen Central Primary Source.
Call# J342.73 C
Explains how the United States Constitution came to be, including events leading up to the Constitutional Convention, and explores how the Constitution changed the way the United States was governed.
Cheney, L. (2008). We the people: The story of our Constitution. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Call# J 342.7 C
In May 1787 delegates from across the country gathered in Philadelphia and, meeting over the course of a sweltering summer, created a new framework for governing: the Constitution of the United States.
Finkelman, P. (2004). The Constitution. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
Call# J 342.73 F
Find out what the U.S. Constitution says and what it means for our lives.
Fradin, D. B. (2005). The founders: The 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution. New York, NY: Walker & Co.
Call# J 973.3F
The story of the 39 men who worked tirelessly to draft the United States Constitution.
Fradin, D. B. (2008). The U.S. Constitution. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.
Call# J 973.3 F
How the 13 colonies become the United States.
Hauptly, D. J. (1987). "A convention of delegates": The creation of the Constitution. New York, NY: Atheneum.
Call# J 342.73 H
Describes the events occurring before and during the Constitutional Convention, in which delegates from the 13 original states struggled to agree on a Constitution.
Hubbard-Brown, J. (2007). How the Constitution was created. New York, NY: Chelsea House.
Call# J 342.7302 H
Looks at how the Constitution was created. Part of a series on the U.S. Government and how it works.
Lomask, M. (1980). The spirit of 1787: The making of our Constitution. New York, NY: Farrarr Straus Giroux.
Call# J 342.73 L
Discusses the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and the creating of a Constitution for the new country.
Pearl, N. (2007). The U.S. Constitution. Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books.
Call# J 342.7 P
Examines all the events leading up to the signing of the Constitution.
Peterson, C. (2007). The U.S. Constitution. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
Call# J 342.73 P
Describes the U.S. Constitution, its history, and significance.
United States. National Archives and Records Administration. (2003). Our documents: 100 milestone documents from the National Archives. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Call# J 973 O
A collection of one hundred documents that were important in the development of the United States from it's founding to 1965 (includes the Constitution).
Williams, J. K. (2004). The U.S. Constitution. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books.
Call# J 342.73 W
Provides an simple history of the Constitution through text, historic photographs and engravings.
Williams, S. R. (1970). Fifty-five fathers; the story of the Constitutional Convention. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead.
Call# J 342.73 W
Retells the story of the Philadelphia convention in 1787 drawing on the original notes of James Madison and on the diary of William Pierce.
Books in the Children's Collection on the Bill of Rights
Burgan, M. (2002). The Bill of Rights. Mineapolis, MN: Compass Point Books.
Call# J 342.73 B
Describes the impetus for the Bill of Rights and the fight for its ratification.
Freedman, R. (2003). In defense of liberty: The story of America's Bill of Rights. New York, NY: Holiday House.
Call# J 342.73 F
Describes the origins, applications of, and challenges to the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that comprise the Bill of Rights.
Jenkins, S. (1990). The Bill of Rights and you. St. Paul, MN: West Pub.
Call# J 342.73 B
Explains the background of each of the first ten amendments to the Constitution and discusses the relevance of these amendments.
Meltzer, M. (1990). The Bill of Rights: How we got it and what it means. New York, NY: Crowell.
Call# J 342.73 M
Traces the history of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution and highlights contemporary challenges to each of the ten amendments.
Sobel, S. (2008). The Bill of Rights: Protecting our freedom then and now. Hauppauge, NY: Barron Educational Series.
Call# J 342.7308 S
Describes each of the freedoms and privileges guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the Bill of Rights, and reviews the history of how and why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.
Stair, N. L. (2003). The Bill of Rights: A primary source investigation into the first ten amendments of the Constitution. New York, NY: Rosen Primary Source.
Call# J 342.73 S
Discusses the drafting of the Bill of Rights and the men who were involved.
Stein, R. C. (1992). The Bill of Rights. Chicago, IL: Children's Press.
Call# J 342.7 S
Discusses the first ten amendments to the constitution and the rights which they were intended to protect.
Yero, J. L. (2004). The Bill of Rights. Washington DC: National Geographic.
Call# J 342.73 Y
Selected Websites on the Constitution
- The New York Times: Resources for Teaching the Constitution
- The Annenberg Classroom: Resources for America's Teachers
- University of Maryland: Constitution Day
- The US Constitution Online
- The US Constitution Online for Kids
- Congress for Kids
- A Road Map to the US Constitution
- National Constitution Center
- James Madison Papers at the Library of Congress
- The Charters of Freedom from the National Archives
- The American Civil Liberties Union, Mission Statement
- Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day from the National Archives
- Constitution Day 2012 at ConstitutionFacts.com
- United States House of Representatives: Educational Resources
Multimedia Items on the Constitution
Burns, K., & Barnes, P. (Producers), & Ward, G. (Writer), & Burns, K (Director). (2003). Not for ourselves alone. The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony [videorecording]. Burbank, CA: Florentine Films production.
Call# DVD J 305.4 N
PJ Productions & the National Constitution Center. (Producer), & Imbriano, Robe (Writer/Producer). (2006). Key constitutional concepts [videorecording]. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
Call# DVD J 342.73 C
O'Connor, S. D., & Breyer, S. G. (2005). Our Constitution a conversation [videorecording]. Philadelphia, PA: Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
Call# DVD J 342.73 C