The following is a partial list of the publications on the United States Capitol and the Congress. Each listing includes the author, title, Library of Congress call number, year of the edition cited, number of pages, and a short annotation.

Many of these books are available commercially or through local libraries. For more specialized books and those that are out of print, please ask your local library about the availability of the books through the interlibrary loan system.


Aikman, Lonnelle, We, the People: The Story of the United States Capitol
Call #F204.C2 A45 {1991 ed.– 141 pages} Furnishes a textual and photographic history of the Capitol and Congress from its origins through the 1980s. Provides short biographies of Capitol architects and artists. Highlights major rooms of the Capitol not open to the public and presents a large cross-section of important works of art. (This book is included at the Elementary level primarily as a teacher resource book and/or for use in conjunction with the Society’s “Where Freedom Speaks” educational kit.)

Architect of the Capitol, Art in the U.S. Capitol
Call #N6535.W3 U54 {1976 ed.—428 pages} Designed as a catalogue of all the art in the Capitol. Divided into: portraits, paintings, busts, statues, reliefs, frescoes, murals, exterior sculptures, and miscellaneous works of art. (This book is included at the elementary level primarily as a resource book for Social Studies and art teachers.)

Barnes, Peter, House Mouse, Senate Mouse
Call #PZ8.3.B2522 HO {1996 ed.– 29 pages} Using colorful illustrations and simple wording, introduces young students to how the Congress works and serves the people. Concludes with a two-page summary for educators.

Brady, Esther W., The Toad on Capitol Hill
Call #PZ7.B72915 Tm {1978 ed.– 139 pages} Provides a tale about life in Washington, D.C. in August 1814 when the British invaded and burned the city during the War of 1812.

Brill, Marlene T., Building the Capital City
Call #F194.3 .B75 {1996 ed.– 31 pages} (Includes a glossary and timeline) Presents the history of Washington, D.C. using understandable text and a collection of illustrations and photos of the city and its major buildings.

Greenburg, Ellen, The House and Senate Explained: The People’s Guide to Congress
Call #JK1067.G74 {1996 ed.—164 pages} Furnishes a guide to the operations, organizational structure, and unique vocabulary used in the U.S. Congress. Includes a section on Internet access and an appendix of Congressional committee structure and areas of responsibilities. (Listed primarily as a teacher resource book)

Prolman, Marilyn, The Story of the Capitol
Call #F204.C2 P7 {1969 ed.– 30 pages} Presents a written and illustrated history of the Capitol. Describes the important events that took place on Capitol Hill and looks at important issues of the late 1960s.

Quiri, Patricia R., The Constitution
Call #E303.Q57 {1998 ed.—46 pages} (Includes a glossary, bibliography, and websites) Presents a large text and fully illustrated history of the development of the American Constitution from the end of the Revolution through the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Quiri, Patricia R., The Bill of Rights
Call #JC599.U5 Q57 {1998 ed.—46 pages} (Includes a glossary, bibliography, and websites) Summarizes in the first 14 pages, the writing and adoption of the Constitution. Introduces the first ten amendments to the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, to young students in understandable terms and through the use of illustration.

Quiri, Patricia R., Congress
Call #JK1025.Q57 {1998 ed.— 46 pages}(Includes a glossary, bibliography, and websites) Utilizing an easily read text with illustrations, provides background history on the Constitutional Conventions and the “Great Compromise” of 1789. Focuses on how both Houses of Congress operate and their Constitutional duties.

Quiri, Patricia R., The Declaration of Independence
Call # E221.Q58 {1998 ed.—46 pages) (Includes a glossary, bibliography, and websites) Furnishes a written and illustrated history of the European settlement of the United States and the colonist’s relationship with Britain. Tells how and why the Declaration was written and what it meant to the American people.

Reef, Catherine, The United States Capitol
Call #F204.C2R44 {Due to be published in October 1999} Library of Congress’s notes: Juvenile Literature. “Discusses the planning, design, construction, additions, history, famous occupants, and current visitor regulations of the United States Capitol.”

Santella, Andrew, The Capitol
Call #F204.C2 S26 {1995 ed.– 31 pages} (Includes a glossary and timeline) Furnishes a brief history of the Capitol for young readers with a selection of photographs of the interior and exterior of the building.

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