We just finished a pretty intense three-week study of the U.S. Election process using a Hands-On History Lapbooking pack from Home School in the Woods. We loved it! One thing that really enhanced our learning and also allowed us to include the little ones in our studies each day was beginning our studies with picture books on the subject of elections.
These books range from silly to almost didactic so you are sure to find something that will fit your preferences and still ensure that your kids (and you!) learn plenty about the election process.
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Picture Books About Elections
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier, illustrated by Lynne Avril – My kids loved this one, especially how it had several different kids all running and showed them as they moved through the process.
Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier, illustrated by David Leonard – This one does a great job showing what happens on the actual election day, from kids watching through their classroom window as adults go to the gym to vote to the goings-on inside the booth.
If I Were President by Catherine Stier, illustrated by Diane DiSalvo-Ryan – While not strictly about elections, my kids wanted to read this next one by Catherine Stier. They were disappointed that it wasn’t about the same kids as If I Ran for President, but we still enjoyed this and learned a lot about what the president actually does once elected.
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham – I personally adore this book. It is a feel-good story that will encourage even the most cynical among us to get involved and make a difference!
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin – Because we love the other books in this series, we bought this one without realizing how educational it would prove to be. While a bit irreverent, it does walk the reader through the election process.
Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb – Like the above book, irreverent, and yet educational.
We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow – This is a great way to introduce kids to the preamble and to talk about what it has to do with the election process.
Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections by Peter W. Barnes, illustrated by Cheryl Shaw Barnes – I love the gentle illustration style of this one. It reminds me of Little Bear for some reason.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril – While I’m more of a fan of classic Amelia Bedelia (she’s coming up), this is a cute book and does a good job explaining some of the confusing idioms used during elections.
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters, illustrated by Denise Brunkus – I like how this book compares and contrasts the familiar-to-children role of a teacher to that of the president.
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small – This is a humorous collection of facts and stories about former presidents which can lead to a good discussion of what qualities are necessary and desirable in a president.
Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat – Good old Amelia Bedelia. I, for one, just love her, and so do all my kids! They can’t get enough of her antics and missteps, and we re-read them again and again. Even though this one is about a mayoral race rather than a presidential one, it’s still useful and full of election lingo.
Come back next week for our chapter book selections about the election process!