How to Build Your Own Country

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-55453-310-7 | Aug 1, 2009 List Price:
USD $17.95, CAD $18.95

4-color • 7 x 9 • 40 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

How to Build Your Own Country is an interactive and totally original learning experience that shows kids how to build their very own country from scratch. This book, the only one of its kind, offers children the expertise and advice they'll need to plant their flag in the backyard, in the bedroom or online. Kids will be amazed to discover that anyone can do it. Nation-building advice is peppered with examples of events that have shaped countries throughout history, teaching young readers about government, elections, geography and global issues.

Backed up with lots of amazing examples of real micronations — some established or ruled by kids — How to Build Your Own Country promises to inspire, entertain and inform young nation-builders.

Want to build your very own country from scratch? It’s easy:

Step 1: Stake Out Your Identity … with a flag, money and a national anthem. Learn how to put your country’s name on the map.

Step 2: Run the Country … with a government, constitution, laws and an economy.

Step 3: Meet the Neighbors … and join other nations on the big issues that face the whole world, such as poverty, global warming, security and international aid.


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citizenship   community   democracy   geography   global issues   government   history   micronation   systems and system models   diversity


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Reviews & Awards


“… will be a perfect resource for kids working on class projects, as well as an entertaining read on a subject that will interest any youngster who ever wondered what it would be like to be in charge of an entire nation.”
Quill & Quire, September 2009

“Youngsters will enjoy the color illustrations and humor throughout.”
School Library Journal, November 2009


2012 Red Cedar Book Award, Winner
2011 Hackmatack Award, Winner
2011 Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2010 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner
2010 Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada, Winner