I am sure you are well aware by now, but there’s this election happening. And, oh boy… it’s tricky.
As a parent of three little ones, I’m struggling to talk about the candidates and the election because so little of it is G-rated. That’s why I’ve decided to create my own edited version. Today, I’m sharing five of our family’s favorite election books for kids. When you are finished reading, I’d love to hear yours!
5 Election Books for Kids
Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff
Around America to Win the Vote is a wonderful story about two women suffragists and their cat. In 1916, Nell Richardson, Alice Burke, and their little kitty cat left New York City in a little yellow car and they traveled around the country. They traveled 10,000 miles through all sorts of weather to share- and show- that women should have the right to vote. Your children will be mesmerized by the story (and if you like this one, check out Rockliff’s book Mesmerized– it is equally fantastic!).
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
If your kids love Click, Clack Moo Cows that Type, Giggle, Giggle Quack, and all of the other fantastic books from the Cronin-Lewin team, they will love Duck for President. And this is one of those books that is as fun for parents to read as it is for children!
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio
When Grace learns that there has never been a female president, she decides that she will run for president one day. Grace’s teacher notices this passion and organizes a school-wide election study. This book is filled with information about the United States electoral process and will lead to important family conversations. about the process, gender, equality, dreaming big, and how to choose a candidate.
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
In If I Ran for President, Catherine Stier breaks down a complicated process in a way that makes the election process both entertaining and easy-to-understand. And, if you like this book, be sure to check out my next recommendation…
If I Were President by Catherine Stier
This book is a great introduction to the presidency for young children. The book touches upon the various duties and responsibilities required of the President of the United States.
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
This is a sweet story of Oliver, a young boy who believes his teacher has all of the qualities necessary to be elected president. This book is a perfect introduction to the US presidency and a hat tip to all the great teachers out there.
… and two bonus books recommended by my 8-year-old
My 8-year-old has been loving (and giggling!) over these two election-themed books by Neil Swaab. I have not read them, but he gives the series two thumbs up:
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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