With the Presidential Election less than a week away, talk of politics are everywhere and children are bound to be curious about what the adults are talking about. Talking to children about the voting process in the United States is important.
These seven books will help introduce your children to the complexities of our electoral process in terms they can understand. They’re funny, engaging, and might even make voters out of your kids.
Bad Kitty for president / Nick Bruel All politics is local, and that couldn’t be clearer in Bad Kitty for President. When it comes time to choose the new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition, Bad Kitty learns the importance of registering to vote. Meanwhile, the neighborhood holds its breath to see if the election will be decided by a single ballot.
Vote! / Eileen Christelow Using a town’s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There’s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those of young readers and help to explain some of an election’s more confusing aspects.
Vote for me! / by Ben Clanton The donkey wants your vote. So does the elephant. And each will do just about anything to win your support. Brag? Sure! Flatter? Absolutely! Exaggerate, name-call, make silly promises and generally act childish? Yes, yes, yes and yes. What happens when the election results are in? Well, let’s just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little surprise!
Duck for President / Doreen Cronin Duck isn’t happy with things on the farm, so he takes matters into his own hands and convinces the other animals to let him replace Farmer Brown. However, Duck discovers that running things is hard work, so he does what any self-respecting politician would do — he runs for higher office.
Grace for president / by Kelly DiPucchio Where are the girls? When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the best man for the job–and seems to have captured all the male votes–while Grace concentrates on being the best person.
Amelia Bedelia’s first vote / by Herman Parish Letting an elementary school vote on school rules? It probably won’t end well, but Amelia Bedelia’s first foray into the democratic process is a clever way to engage kids in a discussion of the upcoming Presidential election. Kids will learn about absentee ballots, run-offs, and the power of persuasion. They may even learn how to convince the administration to adopt homework-free Wednesdays, but you didn’t hear it from me.
So you want to be president? / by Judith St. George On this stroll through 43 of our past Presidents (apologies Barack Obama, who was elected after the book was published) you’ll learn what it takes to make it to the White House, as well as some of our former leaders’ idiosyncrasies.
Find these books and more in the Children’s Room in the library!