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Politics for beginners

Politics for beginners

An informative guide to political systems, elections, voting and government and issues including feminism, human rights, freedom of speech and fake news, all explained with clear text and bright, infographic style illustrations. Includes tips on how to argue and debate, a glossary, and links to specially selected websites with more information.

“This entertaining book does an admirable job of explaining politics... An excellent trigger for debate.”
The Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week)
“Highly informative and very accessible.”
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Extra information

Key Stage: KS2 H; Age 8+

BIC: C5N79

ISBN: 9781474922524
128 pages
240 x 170mm

Author/Editor: Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell

Illustrator: Kellan Stover

Press reviews

An exciting and informative book helping children understand everyday politics.
Hive, selected as Children's Book of the Month
Politics for Beginners is ideal for both children and adults, and is guaranteed to win the vote of anyone looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand guide to what politics is all about.

Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post
This entertaining book does an admirable job of explaining politics to the young, clarifying structures, principles and issues, showing different views of controversial subjects, and enlivening the coloured pages with cartoons without diluting its substance.

Relating policies to everyday experiences, it encourages engagement, and is inclusive in both its images and its attitudes. Informed by experts, it embraces the history of political systems (including ancient democracies, feudalism and absolute monarchies), and is an excellent trigger for debate.

It also has a section on “how to argue”, which would make Twitter a much better place if everyone paid attention, including “don’t be personal”, “back up your opinions with facts” and “be prepared to change your mind”.

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week)

Reader reviews

Hard facts, with a light touch
Politics for beginners is great fun, but weighty too! Well researched, engagingly written... and we love its cartoony illustrations. The text never gets bogged down by even the trickiest of explanations, and yet never feels glib or frothy. This is the kind of book that would be accessible to a 10 year old, and yet would be useful and engaging to anyone wishing to gain an introduction to the central principles of politics. I've just given a copy to my 17 year old, who's thinking of going to uni to study history and politics. He particularly likes the section entitled "How to argue"!

Alastair, 28th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
It is easy to look through and very appealing to the eye. I learnt about different terminology and political techniques.

AJH, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
Madeleine received this book and set about reading it straight away, it made her feel very grown up as she felt it was a grown up topic. She particularly enjoyed the more history of politics books and she enjoyed looking at the illustrations.

Mads1811, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
Before I started reading this book I wasn't too sure about it, because I don't really know anything about politics. As I started reading I was amazed at how interesting it is and I really like it. [...] This book tells you what a democracy is and how it works, who is in charge of the country, what politics are, and what a government is. I didn't know about any of these things, but now I do!

Calvin (age 12), Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
This is a great introduction to politics for children. I read this with my 7 year old and she was happy just dipping in and out of different chapters. As she gets older I am sure it will be a great springboard for her/us to do further/deeper research.

ThursdayNext, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
This book is brilliant, really helpful with History and Citizenship at school. Its really easy to read and I have learnt lots of new information. This is one I will keep going back to.

Lydib (age 11), Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
Who says Politics is boring! What a great book, easy to read through. Its layout makes it appealing to children and its explanations are clear and interesting. I read it with my daughter (8) and learnt things myself!

Elsie, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
Really interesting book that gives a good understanding of politics including the history of different political ideas.

Evemot, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018
Politics for Beginners
Fantastic Book! I really enjoyed reading this book, for it explained politics in a simple, easy to understand, fun way. I especially liked the pages with all the arrows where it told you if you were socialist or capitalist etc. [...] I definitely recommend to any History student, old or young, as well as anybody interested in Politics or how the world works.

Chloester, Toppsta Reader Review, 15th February 2018