Words That Built a Nation

Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America’s History

By Marilyn Mille, Ellen Scordato & Dan Tucker

Illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt

On Sale: 2/13/2018
Category: Nonfiction
Ages: 8-12
Trim Size: 7-1/2 x 9-1/8
Pages: 224

$18.99 US | $21.99 CA

ISBN: 9781635651881

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About Words That Built a Nation

When originally published in 1999, Words That Built a Nation was hailed for bringing together the United States’ most important historical essays, speeches, and documents into one accessible collection for kids. Now, this history lovers’ must-have is back, and it’s been revised, revamped, and expanded for the 21st century. From the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, the updated collection preserves the documents of the first edition and introduces the landmark statements that are impacting our nation today.


With all new illustrations, a refreshed design, and complementary background information behind each of the documents, Words That Built a Nation is the ultimate tour of United States history, created to engage, inspire, and equip kids with the knowledge they need to change and shape their world.

Praise for Words That Built a Nation

“This book is attractive and the presentation engaging.”
School Library Journal

About the Authors

Marilyn Miller is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She received her degree in history and completed graduate work in American history.


Ellen Scordato is a writer and editor as well as the author of four young adult and children’s nonfiction titles in American history and pop culture.


Dan Tucker is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. He is the founder of Sideshow Media, a New York–based independent producer of content focused on history, the arts, pop culture, and travel.

About the Illustrator

Mary Kate McDevitt is an illustrator, lettering artist, and author based in Philadelphia. She has created hand lettering for clients including Target, Chronicle Books, Smuckers’, and Macy’s, and is the author of several books including Hand-Lettering LedgerIllustration Workshop, and Every Day is Epic. She also teaches at her alma mater, Tyler School of Art, and is the co-owner of Okay Fine, a studio that hosts workshops and sells and displays work from local designers.

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