Tools for Schools

Ever heard of “ The Kingdom of Elgaland-Vargaland”? How about “The Republic of Molossia” or “Lizbekistan”?

No? If you’d like to, then the CitizenKid book How to Build Your Own Country is for you! (And given that it’s written for children ages 8 to 12, it’s also for the children in your life.) This comically illustrated hard cover offers a fun overview of micronations (such as the three listed above) and the people who founded them, and teaches kids — through lighthearted text — that starting your own country could be as easy as 1, 2, 3!

From naming a nation to developing a population, How to Build Your Own Country helps children understand what it takes to enable citizens of any country to lead healthy, prosperous lives. It examines the different forms of government in our world and explores how to hold an election, write a constitution and make laws.

Filled with fascinating facts and insightful lessons from history, this book by Valerie Wyatt includes a helpful glossary of terms conscientious citizens ought to know, and concludes with the relevant advice that when starting your own country it’s important to “be good to your people. They’re your greatest asset. If you are mean or unfair to your citizens or ignore their wishes, you may find yourself in the middle of a revolution …”

How to Build Your Own Country leaves readers — of all ages — laughing. And a whole lot wiser.

“Great countries are those that produce great people.”
- Benjamin Disraeli

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