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Children's Book of the Month

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An exciting and informative book helping children understand everyday politics.

Politics for Beginners - Alex Frith

Understanding politics is essential to understanding the world around us. This informative guide covers the key topics, from elections and government to fake news, immigration and human rights. With bright, infographic-style illustrations, contents and index pages for easy reference, and links to specially selected websites with more information.

A Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.



Alex Frith has been a children's author for more than a decade, covering every topic on Earth, from prehistoric animals to robots with artificial intelligence, and everything under the Sun, from the origins of the Universe to the adventures of Thor, God of Thunder. At home he reads too many comics, and attempts to raise three children with an awful lot of help from his wife, and no help at all from his cat.

Alex on Politics for Beginners: “Politics is a vast subject that's difficult to explain in just a couple of sentences, so writing a book that attempts to give a flavour of everything that politics is about was a real challenge. Politicians have difficult jobs to do, but one thing that would help is to get more people engaged with what politics is, how it works, and realise how easy it is for any individual to get involved.”

Rosie Hore studied Politics and International Relations at university and then went on to write books for Usborne. She now works at the Royal Academy of Arts, editing books about art (which often end up being about politics too).

Rosie on Politics for Beginners: "This book was so much fun to work on. There were lots of great debates as we were writing, and I hope it'll inspire young people to talk about politics and to question their beliefs - because I fully expect to be voting for them at a general election in the future!"

Louie Stowell has written dozens of non-fiction and story titles for Usborne, on everything from space science and coding to the human body and, now, politics. She is now Editorial Director at Ladybird, Penguin Random House and also an author of children’s fantasy novels. 

Louie on Politics for Beginners: “Introducing children to the key concepts of politics feels especially important in an era of fake news and political instability. Here’s hoping the next generation do a better job.”