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Looking for kids books about voting? These 11 books are perfect ways to talk to your children about voting and elections!
Chances are, there is a lot of talk about the upcoming election in your household. Between grown up conversations, and the news cycle…..a lot of our kids are aware of voting, the voting process and elections for what may be the first time depending on their age. Lydia is six, and I feel like she’s really GRASPING the idea of the election and the presidential election specifically for the first time (last time she was a little too young). She has a lot of questions. From trying to understand how voting works, or learning about the unequitable and uninclusive history of voting in our country……there is a LOT to unpack as we talk to our kids about voting. There is a LOT we can do to help from home leading up to Election Day, but in my opinion? One of the most important things we can do to create long term change? To talk to our children about the voting process. And y’all know that childrens books are one of my favorite ways to discuss important topics. So these? 11 kids books about voting. They’re a great jumping off point for this important family conversation.
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Kids Books About Voting
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote: This book was published recently (in 2018) and is authored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. It has STUNNING illustrations and features ten suffragists) Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Jovita Idár, Alice Paul, Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, Lucy Burns, and Mary Church Terrell). I’d suggest it for Kindergarten and up!
Duck for President: Looking for a great book for YOUNGER kids (this is perfect for preschool) about elections and the presidency? This book is ADORABLE. Duck becomes upset about the Farmer’srule over the farm, and holds an election to take over. He goes to the mayor and governor’s offices, then he visits the president. It’s a great way to explore our government structure!
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 : Warning, this is a tear jerker (but in the best possible way). This book for elementary school aged kids takes us on a walk with Lillian. The story is inspired by a real life hero, Lillian Allen and her journey to voting for Barack Obama at age 100. The book discusses Lillan’s journey as she walks to her polling place and does an amazing job of detailing the history of rights for African Americans in our country from slavery to voting rights.
Equality’s Call : The Story of Voting Rights in America: Looking for kids books about voting for toddlers and preschoolers? This is a GREAT option. Written by the author of The Pout Pout Fish, this story is written in beautiful prose and outlines the history of voting in our country.
Vote For Our Future: This is for any child who’s school is a polling place. This adorable picture book tells the story of an elementary school that closes for two days to serve as polling place and how the students learn about the importance of the election and voting process.
What’s the Big Deal About Elections?: Looking for a book filled with facts about elections? This is PERFECT. Tons of facts about the history of elections through the years and super interesting for trivia loving kids (I’d suggested this one for preschool to fourth grade).
The Night Before Election Day: “Twas the night before Election Day……yes this book is a play on our favorite poem. And it’s SO CUTE. If nothing else, get it as a momento (because this election day is going to be…..memorable).
The Kids’ Complete Guide to Elections: Looking for a resource to answer questions about the elections? This is perfect for upper elementary (think grades 3 to 5). It answers a ton of questions, is balanced and fact based, and is specifically written to address the 2020 election.
If I Were President: This adorable book for preschoolers lets kids explore the path to presidency and how they can become president one day!
Every Vote Matters: The Power of Your Voice, from Student Elections to the Supreme Court: Looking for a book for your middle school students about voting? This is PERFECT for 6th grade and up. It’s very straightforward and outlines multiple Supreme Court decisions that came down to a single vote. Each chapter outlines how decisions and cases have affected the daily lives and rights of U.S. citizens. It’s a great way to show the importance of voting and how elections have a long term effect!
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box: This beautiful picture book is perfect for kindergarten to third graders. It tells the story of Michael and his Grandfather who live in the South. Michael accompanies his grandfather to vote, his first opportunity since he was granted the right. Michael watches as his grandfather is turned away, he can’t read. The book journeys with Michael as he grows up, and on his own first trip to the polling place. It’s a must read.