Election Day (Nov. 3) is fast approaching, and many young minds may be curious about this important event and the civic duty that accompanies it. To answer questions and spark discussion, check out some of these fun, non-partisan books!
One Vote, Two Vote, I Vote, You Vote by Bonnie Worth – In simple rhyme, the Cat in the Hat introduces early readers to the concept and practice of voting—with a focus on the American presidency. Learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are formed, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more!
The President of the Jungle by Andre Rodrigues – Lion may be King of the jungle, but lately, he only seems to care about himself. His subjects are fed up, so they decide to try something new–hold an election! Once Owl explains the rules, the fun begins, and Snake, Sloth, and Monkey all announce they will be candidates. But oh no, Lion is going to run too! It’s a wild campaign season as the animals hold rallies, debate, and even take a selfie or two, trying to prove why they’d make the best president of the jungle.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish – When Amelia Bedelia is honored with the coveted role of “principal for the day,” what will her first order of business be? Organizing a vote, of course! Amelia Bedelia and her class cast their ballots to determine the activities of the day. Will they decide on cupcakes for lunch? Or maybe a visit from a real fire truck? Amelia Bedelia and her friends learn that voting and school can be full of silly mix-ups and tons of fun. Hooray for election day!
Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio – When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides she wants to be the nation’s first and immediately jumpstarts her political career by running in her school’s mock election! The race is tougher than she expected: her popular opponent declares that he’s the “best man for the job” and seems to have captured the votes of all of the class’s boys. But Grace is more determined than ever. Even if she can’t be the best man for the job, she can certainly try to be the best person!
Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak – Election season is here and Monster is ready to vote! But why cast your ballot when you can run for president instead? With speeches, debates, and a soapbox or two, Monster’s newest tale is a campaign encouraging kids to take a stand and fight for what they believe in.
What’s the Big Deal about Elections? by Ruby Shamir – Did you know that we have more than 90,000 state and local governments in the US? Or that Election Day celebrations 200 years ago featured marching bands and bonfires? How about that George Washington was our only president who ran unopposed? Elections allow adult citizens the chance to choose how our cities, states, and country are run. Even kids who can’t vote yet can make their voices heard by helping the candidates they like get votes! Our elections can seem complicated, but at their core, they’re all about having a say in our own lives and future. In this fun and fact-filled chapter book, readers learn just how important being an active participant in our democracy can be through one simple message: Elections matter, and we can all play our part.
Voting by Sarah De Capua – Whether being used to select a class president or a U.S. president, voting is a crucial part of American life. It can also be a surprisingly complicated process. Readers will learn who is eligible to vote in the United States, how voter registration works, and the importance of choosing carefully between candidates.
Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen – The founders of the United States declared that consent of the governed was a key part of their plan for the new nation. But for many years, only white men of means were allowed to vote. This unflinching and inspiring history of voting rights looks back at the activists who answered equality’s call, working tirelessly to secure the right for all to vote, and it also looks forward to the future and the work that still needs to be done.
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier – Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts! If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation’s problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results―will you be the next president of the United States?
For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters by Jeff Foster – Now more than ever, it’s so important for everyone to understand our government: where it came from, how it works, and how we can bring about change. This book is a comprehensive and entertaining guide that answers questions like: What is the Constitution? What are the branches of the government? What is the Electoral College? What are the political parties? What are the different responsibilities of the city, state, and federal governments?
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