Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Five Books Worth Reading: Voting for Kids

Vote for Books This Election Season!

Well it’s that time of year again: election season. There are political signs in the yards and campaign ads on television trying to help some candidate win your vote.

The last thing I would want to do is get into a political discussion on this reader’s blog. After all, we’re here to tell you about what books you should check out. And that’s exactly what I plan to do.

We live in a country where we have the privilege to choose our own leaders. Voting allows your voice to be heard from small local elections all the way up to the presidential elections. And it’s important to teach kids about the voting process.

So in the spirit of teaching our young ones about democracy, here are a few kids' books about voting that can help spark a discussion with your child, or might just tickle your funny bone.

Squid thinks he has what it takes to be elected as President Squid. But Squid doesn’t quite understand what being President is about. While wearing a tie and giving speeches is all well and good, squid needs to learn that being president isn’t about helping you, it’s about helping others. Not to mention this book is lots of fun to read out loud.

Monster is determined to run for president. He’s set up a solid platform, fighting for longer summers and dessert for dinner. But no one is interested in taking his campaign seriously. That is until Monster takes up a cause close to his heart, saving the local public library.

With this year being a presidential election, it can’t hurt to talk about where the new president will be residing during their term. This book takes readers on an intricate three-dimensional tour of the White House, beginning with its construction all the way to present day. I’m a huge fan of Robert Sabuda’s books, and I must say that this has to be one of my favorites.

For those of you not familiar with Ben Clanton, I would recommend checking out Rex Wrecks It and Mo’s Mustache (as long as I’m recommending books). But Vote for Me! pokes fun at American politics, with a donkey and elephant doing everything they can think of to win votes. Their campaigns eventually resort to mud-slinging, which might not help them achieve their desired outcome.

Grace is not happy when she finds out that there has never been a female president of the United States. She is determined to become the first female president and decides to start by winner her school’s mock election. Unfortunately for Grace her make opponent seems to have won over all of the male voters/ Grace will have to use all of her campaigning skills to prove that she is indeed the best person for the job.

Don't forget! We also have voting at the library for kids starting today! Kids can cast their ballot for president in our mock election in the children's area of the main branch.


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