The current political climate has left many of us wondering how our government actually operates. Sure, we learned about it in school, but if put to the test, how many of us can correctly explain the branches of government? The history of politics? The differences and connections between local government and federal government? Enter How to Be an American. While author and illustrator Silvia Hidalgo was studying for her citizenship test, she quickly found that the materials provided by the government were lacking. In order to more easily absorb the information, Hidalgo started her own illustrated reference to civics facts and American history essentials. She's collected her findings in How to Be an American, a freshly designed and illustrated two-color guide to all things America.
Born in Costa Rica, Silvia moved to this country in 1998. Currently an artist as well as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, she has worked for corporations such as Amazon and Motorola. Silvia began studying for her Naturalization test in 2014 and quickly found that the question and answer materials provided by the government were not a good way for her to learn. That's when (and why) she first started creating a series of illustrations and infographics that ultimately led to this unique booklet.