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NCSS Author Programs

NCSS Author Programs

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By Kenneth C. Davis

Washington Post Best Book of the Year! From the bestselling author of the Don’t Know Much About® books comes a dramatic account of the origins of democracy, the history of authoritarianism, and the reigns of five of history’s deadliest dictators. Meticulously researched and complete with photographs, Strongman provides insight into the lives of five leaders who callously transformed the world and serves as an invaluable resource in an era when democracy itself seems in peril.

Praise for STRONGMAN: 

  • “A pitch-perfect balance of nuanced reflection and dire warning.”Kirkus Reviewsstarred review
  • “A fascinating, highly readable portrayal of infamous men
    that provides urgent lessons for democracy now.”Publishers Weeklystarred review

  • “Kenneth C. Davis (Don’t Know Much About series) conveys his plentiful knowledge of dictators in this powerful, spine-tingling biographic work.”Shelf Awarenessstarred review

By Cynthia and Sanford Levinson; Illustrated by Ally Shwed

Fault Lines in the Constitution teaches readers how this founding document continues to shape modern American society. Children’s book author Cynthia Levinson, constitutional law scholar Sanford Levinson, and artist Ally Shwed deftly illustrate how contemporary problems arose from this founding document—and then they offer possible solutions.

“The book-succinct, powerful, playful, provacative-tracks the evolution of the Constitution.”-The Boston Globe

“A provocative illumination of the nooks and crannies of a document
that citizens have come to take for granted.” Kirkus Reviews

“The Levinson create an approachable mix of anecdotes, comparison with governments from around the world, and a fanciful imagining of the Framers…This tone, plus Shwed’s intentionally limited color palette…calls to mind Schoolhouse Rock animations.”-Booklist

Social Studies Trade Books
Digital Catalog

Browse our new and noteworthy books including nonfiction, historical fiction, graphic novels, bestsellers, NCSS Notable Trade Books, and more!

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Teacher Discussion Guides

Aligned to meet Common Core State Standards,
these guides include discussion questions, activity ideas, writing prompts, and more!

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World Citizen Comics

World Citizen Comics is a bold line of nonfiction graphic novels designed to educate, entertain, and empower the citizens of tomorrow.

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Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy
by Daniel G. Newman; illustrated by George O’Connor

Despite our immense political divisions, Americans are nearly united in our belief that something is wrong with our government: It works for the wealthy and powerful, but not for anyone else. Unrig exposes the twisted roots of our broken democracy and highlights the heroic efforts of those unrigging the system to return power to We the People.


Fault Lines in the Constitution
by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson; illustrated by Ally Shwed

In 1787, after 116 days of heated debates and bitter arguments, the United States Constitution was created. This imperfect document set forth America’s guiding principles, but it would also introduce some of today’s most contentious political issues-from gerrymandering, to the Electoral College, to presidential impeachment.

With colorful art, compelling discourse, and true stories from America’s past and present, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel sheds light on how today’s political struggles have their origins in the decisions of our Founding Fathers.


Coming Winter 2021!
What Unites Us
by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner;
illustrated by Tim Foley

Brought to life in stunning color by artist Tim Foley, What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel takes apart the building blocks of this country, from the freedoms that define us, to the values that have transformed us, to the institutions that sustain us. Rather’s vast experience and his unique perspective as one of America’s most renowned newscasters shed light on who we were and who we are today, allowing us to see a possible future, where we are one country; united.


Coming Spring 2021!
RE: Constitutions
Connecting Citizens with the Rules of the Game by Beka Feathers; illustrated by Kasia Babis

From Beka Feathers, an expert in post-conflict institution building, and Kasia Babis, an accomplished political cartoonist, comes a graphic novel that gives context to the modern issues that arise from constitutions. With historical examples from all over the world, Re: Constitutions examines how this essential document defines a nation’s identity and the rights of its citizens.

History Comics


The past comes alive in this nonfiction graphic novel series! 

With History Comics, you can travel back in time to the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, the deserts of the American southwest, the riot at the Stonewall Inn, and beyond!
Learn more about the History Comics series here!

“Vibrant artwork and an engaging story make this a great vehicle
for a poignant glimpse at American history.”-Booklist

“A fictive plotline adds a strong ‘you are there’ feel to this informative account.”
Kirkus Reviews

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History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire by Kate Hannigan; illustrated Alex Graudins

In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed.


History Comics: The Roanoke Colony by Chris Schweizer

In History Comics: The Roanoke Colony, Chris Schweizer investigates one of America’s oldest and most intriguing mysteries. Over a hundred years before the pilgrims, the very first English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island. But without warning, these colonists abandoned their new home and disappeared without a trace. What happened to the colonists?


History Comics: The Challenger Disaster by Pranas T. Naujokaitis

In History Comics: The Challenger Disaster, we turn the clock back to January 28, 1986. Seven astronauts boarded the space shuttle Challenger on what would be a routine mission. All eyes and cameras were on crew member Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher, who was set to become the first private citizen in space. Excitement filled the air as the clock counted down to liftoff. But at T-plus seventy-three seconds after launch, the unthinkable happened…


History Comics: The Wild Mustang by Chris Duffy; illustrated by Falynn Koch
On Sale 2/23/2021

Learn how wild mustangs were first introduced to America and how they still roam free today. On the North American plains, wild mustangs have roamed for generations . . . shaping human history and struggling to survive it. For the Spanish, they were a tool of conquest. For Native Americans, they brought on a new way of life where horsemanship and horse-trading were central. And for the entire world, wild mustangs became a renowned wonder of the American West. There are still thousands of mustangs in the wild today, but they struggle to survive in an ever-changing landscape and their future is by no means guaranteed.


History Comics: The American Bison by Andy Hirsch
On Sale 6/1/2021

In History Comics: The American Bison, learn how millions of buffalo once roamed the American prairie-until they were nearly driven to extinction. In the early 18th century the American prairies shook under the hooves of nearly 30 million bison. Fast as a horse, tall as a person, and heavier than both combined, they roamed from coast to coast. A century later, people struggled to find a single one left alive. How did the great herds disappear, and what will it take to bring them back?