Fall 2019

Stand Up for Citizenship

Cover: Stand Up for Citizenship



Stand Up for Citizenship in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being a good citizen. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.



  • Lexile® Measure: 590
  • Guided Reading Level: M

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • What Is Citizenship?
  • Being a Good Citizen
  • Spreading Citizenship
  • Glossary
  • Find Out More
  • Index
  • About the Author


Booklist - Stand Up for Citizenship

This volume in the 21st Century Junior Library: Growing Character series (8 titles) lends itself well to classroom social studies units on citizenship. The text is straightforward and informational, with stock photos adding some color and vocabulary terms defined in a glossary. Though the examples of good citizenship are oddly focused on outdoor clean-up, Murphy uses several techniques to make the generally didactic text more relatable, utilizing scenarios with characters to present examples like picking up trash and writing to a congressperson. He also uses the second person, forging a direct connection between the text and reader. The sidebar activities largely feel like homework assignments—for example, making a list of ways to help your community—but as such they might be useful in a school or research setting.


Author: Frank Murphy


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