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[Nonfiction Wednesday] How to Establish One’s Own Republic

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Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2016 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.


Since our current reading theme is about the Universal Republic of Childhood, I thought that this nonfiction picturebook on how you can build your own country would be most useful and quite pertinent.


How To Build Your Own Country

Text by: Valerie Wyatt Illustrations by: Fred Rix
Published by: Citizen Kid, Kids Can Press, 2009 ISBN: 1554533104 (ISBN13: 9781554533107)
Borrowed a copy from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me. 

This is a humorous but highly-detailed nonfiction picturebook that provides very clear steps on how to establish one’s own queendom or one’s own republic: from (1) staking out one’s identity which includes naming one’s own country – naturally, it would have to be catchy – choose from very helpful suggestions as seen below:


Establishing a country’s identity also involves determining your population (who can you urge to be a citizen of your country) to designing your own flag and choosing a motto, and writing a national anthem. Step (2) involves running the country which includes information about how to set up a government:


holding elections, writing a constitution, making the laws, serving the citizens, making money, and possible holidays that your country may wish to consider. Apparently, there is such a thing as the International Moment of Frustration Scream Day.


Step 3 involves Meeting the Neighbors which includes how how one is able to establish relations with other countries and how to keep the peace. I think what makes this book work is how it is able to weave together factual information (see above for readable definitions of theocracy, oligarchy, single-party government, democracy) and very interesting but relevant humorous factoids. I find this to be an indispensable read for those who are teaching social studies as it shows in a very engaging way exactly how a country works by getting children to imagine how they can establish their own.

For teachers who wish to make use of this book in their own classroom, here is a downloadable PDF guide created by Scholastic that you may wish to explore.

5 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] How to Establish One’s Own Republic

  1. This looks exactly right for a social studies project in a class, Myra. What fun. When my class studied The beginnings of U.S. history, we could have used this in various ways, especially checking out its suggestions versus what really happened. Thanks!


  2. This does look perfect for social studies! I’ve really liked what Kids Can Press has been publishing!


  3. This book sounds like a good all-around book for teaching about government – without the kids realizing! I think I’d like this book! 🙂

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  4. crbrunelle

    I’ve read this one and really enjoyed the mix of facts and humor for sharing information that could be considered pretty dry otherwise.


  5. There’s been a slew of this kind of books recently it seems. I always want to check them out and I think it’ll be a kick to pair them with Lord of the Flies or some sort of dystopian novel.

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