Every 4 years, our country experiences the privilege to elect our next government leaders & the President of the United States. It's an opportunity & a privilege, which we should teach our children more about.
As with many topics, I feel that reading picture books helps explain difficult concepts & perhaps also raises questions from our children that can help to further educate them on these subjects. Many of these books are pretty basic, because I have such young kids, but I found a couple of books that are more complex & descriptive of the election process.
Please enjoy these 14 books I've selected & feel free to comment & share any voting books you have particularly enjoyed!
VOTING & THE ELECTION BOOKS:
1. I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference
by: Mark Shulman & Serge Bloch
(A kids book that explains the concept of choosing individually & as a group.)
2. One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote You Vote
by: Bonnie Worth & Aristides Ruiz
(The Cat in the Hat is back & he's ready to explain the voting & election process for new government officials.)
3. Curious George Votes
by: Margret & H.A. Rey
(That mischievous monkey is back, & this time he's going out to exercise his right to vote for a new school mascot!)
4. Duck for President
by: Doreen Cronin
(You remember the neutral, but really troublesome duck from Click, Clack, Moo? Well, now he's running for president!)
5. Amelia Bedelia's First Vote
by: Herman Parish (son of the original author, Parish)
(Amelia gets to be principal for the day & since she is, she organizes a ballot where her classmates can vote on the activities of the day.)
6. V is for Voting
by: Kate Farrell & Caitlin Kuhwald
(An ABC book about voting that teaches families concepts like civil rights & social justice.)
7. Democracy for Dinos
by: Laurie Krasny & Marc Brown
(A nonfiction guide to voting that explores civic values & helps show young readers how the things they do every day are guided by principles & government leaders.)
8. If You Go with Your Goat to Vote
by: Jan Zauzmer & Andrew R
9. Grandaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
by: Michael S. Bandy
(Grandaddy is a hardworking farmer, but one day when he puts on his nice suit & heads to town, Michael (his grandson) knows something special is happening! Everyone is lined up at Town Hall & for the first time, Grandaddy gets to cast his vote & he couldn't be prouder!)
10. World of Reading: Vote for Minnie!
by: Brooke Vitale
(Minnie is running for president of the Adventure Club & of course, all her Clubhouse pals are enlisted to help out.)
11. A Vote is a Powerful Thing
by: Catherine Stier & Courtney Dawson
(Callie knows a big election is coming up, & her class is having an election too! Along the way, she'll learn about the election process & why so many people fought to have the right to vote throughout history.)
12. Lillian's Right to Vote
by: Jonah WInter & Shane Evans
(An elderly African American woman named Lillian is on her way to go vote & she is reflecting on the voting history that impacted her family. This book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.)
13. What's the Big Deal About Elections? VOTE.
by: Ruby Shamir & Matt Faulkner
(A kid-friendly history book about the history of voting & why it's so important; from suffrage to ballots & bonfires, this book will explain it all!)
14. Miss Paul & the President
by: Dean Robbins & Nancy Zhang
(Alice grew up seeing her dad get to go off & vote, but her mother never did. Alice studied the Constitution, & as she grew into a woman, she organized parades & protests outside the White House to seek for equality in voting. She even met with President Wilson to try & persuade him that women deserved to vote too!)
Hi, I'm Katie! I'm 35 years old, love the outdoors, reading books & being a mama! And I also enjoy literacy research for my podcast.