School-aged children might not be eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, but the November elections can provide many opportunities to teach kids about how the U.S. government works.
Through the election process, kids can learn about civics, the electoral process, current events, the historical context and campaign politics. Because of the presidential election, it is also important to be mindful of differences of opinions and strong feelings.
Here are a few books for kids of all ages to help explain elections:
“Vote for ME!” by Ben Clanton
This books features a donkey and an elephant trying to convince the reader to “Vote for ME!” These two quarrelsome candidates resort to slinging mud (literally) and flinging insults. And what happens when the election results are in? Well, let’s just say the donkey and the elephant are in for a little surprise--and a certain bewhiskered, third-party candidate is in for a first term!
- Tundra Books
“I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference” by Mark Shulman
“I Voted” explains the concept of choosing, individually, and as a group, from making a simple choice: “Which do you like better, apples or oranges?”, to selecting a class pet, to even more complicated decisions, like electing community representatives.
- Neal Porter Books
“What is the President’s Job” by Allison Singer
Find out what the president does as you learn about the executive branch of government and see what a day in the life of the commander in chief is really like. Travel to Washington, DC, and take a sneak peek inside the Oval Office to see what it takes to be president in “What is the President’s Job?”
- DK Children