Discussion Guide: Whose Right Is It? The Second Amendment and the Fight Over Guns

For the majority of the United States’ history, the right to own a gun belonged to a “well regulated militia.” That changed in 2008 with the historic District of Columbia v. Heller case, which ruled that the Second Amendment protected an individual’s right. In the years since, the debate over gun legislation has reached a crescendo. And the issue grows ever relevant to children across America, with an estimated three million exposed to shootings every year. From metal detectors to see-through backpacks to shooting drills, kids face daily reminders of the threat of guns.

Hana Bajramovic’s Whose Right Is It? The Second Amendment and the Fight Over Guns reveals how a once obscure amendment became the focus of daily heated debate. Filled with historical photos and informative graphics, the book will show young readers how gun legislation has always been a part of American history and how money, power, and systemic racism have long dictated our ability to own guns.

“The story is fascinating and, in its evenhanded treatment of the subject, valuable for research and classroom use…Extremely well documented, the book concludes with an epilogue that brings the book up-to-date, making it both important and timely.” —Booklist

“[E]ven readers personally invested in the gun rights position will find the historical context eye-opening.” The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

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Request a digital ARC of MIGHTY JUSTICE + read co-author Katie McCabe’s letter to teachers & librarians

“Dovey Johnson Roundtree set a new path for women and proved that the vision and perseverance of a single individual can turn the tides of history.”—Michelle Obama

Katie-McCabe is the co-author of two inspiring new books about the life of civil rights trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree: We Wait for the Sun (a new picture book stunningly illustrated by Raissa Figueroa) and Mighty Justice (Young Readers’ Edition), adapted by Jabari Asim, from Dovey’s memoir for adults.

In a letter to educators and librarians, Katie McCabe shares why Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s story is so important to share with young readers as we teach them about the fight for civil rights and racial equality.

You can request a digital ARC of Mighty Justice (Young Readers’ Edition) on NetGalley today! Keep reading to learn how.

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2020 School & Library Webinars & Digital Events

We’re ready and eager to spread the word about upcoming books, from our computers to yours! Check back here as more upcoming events will be added soon. Plus, watch archived videos from author events, webinars, book buzzes, and more!

October 1-October 24th: ILA Next
ILA Next is the International Literacy Association’s immersive, interactive professional learning experience designed exclusively for an online setting. Visit Macmillan Children’s in the virtual exhibit hall and find more ILA Resources in Virtual Booth! Watch a Keynote Speaker Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Dan Santat + join the Odd Dot team for a virtual activity demonstration and book buzz on October 24th!

October 24, 2020: School Library Journal Virtual Summit (FREE!)
Join us for a daylong event, where you’ll gain skills, ideas, and support in leading the change you want to see in your library, school, and community. Hear from Aiden Thomas, author of Cemetery Boys and Ngozi Ukazu, author of Check, Please!

November 5: LJ & SLJ LibraryCon Live (FREE!)
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for a day-long celebration of fandom-beloved stories and characters, featuring the creators behind mind-bending speculative fiction, innovative comics, and fan-favorite graphic novels. Don’t miss panels with Hafsah Faizal (author of We Free the Stars) and Daniel Kraus (author of They Threw Us Away) and more!

November 6-8: YALSA YA Services Symposium
Join YALSA for their virtual Symposium as they discuss literature, activities, and programs needed to serve and inspire today’s teens.​ Don’t miss author panels with April Henry (Playing with Fire), Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), Adalyn Grace (All the Stars and Teeth), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), and more! Plus, tune in for the Margaret A. Edwards Award speech from winner Steve Sheinkin!

November 19-22: NCTE Virtual Annual Convention
Join us for the National Council for the Teachers of English Virtual Convention! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCTE Virtual Booth, and more resources!

December 4-6: NCSS Virtual Conference
Join us for the National Council for the Social Studies Virtual Conference! Stay tuned for our full roster of author speakers, our NCSS Virtual Booth, and more resources!

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