Annenberg Public Policy Center's Our Constitution Wins Social Studies Book Award

Our Constitution, a 250-page color book co-authored by Senate Historian Donald A. Ritchie and, has been named one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People in 2007. The award is a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council. Illustrated with primary source documents, fine art and news photos, Our Constitution provides detailed explanations of each clause and article of the U.S. Constitution. Included with the text are profiles of important Supreme Court cases, historical anecdotes, texts of related primary source documents, and contemporary news articles.

The book is the third in a series of civics books for high school students and teachers. The series is a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. More information about the series is available at

Our Constitution was published early last year by Oxford University Press. Over the past year, more than 50,000 copies of the book were distributed at no cost to schools, educational groups, and educators to promote understanding of the U.S. Constitution. is a collaboration of the New York Times Learning Network and NPR's Justice Talking, produced by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the Annenberg Foundation. The National Council for the Social Studies is the largest association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The Children's Book Council, Inc. is the nonprofit trade association of publishers and packagers of trade books and related materials for children and young adults.