I love how well-done picture books can be instrumental in explaining complex concepts in a way children understand. Elections and politics are subjects that could feel pretty intimidating to tackle, but these books make it much easier and more entertaining.
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Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
This book has same farm characters from Click Clack Moo and the other loveable farm stories by Doreen Cronin. Duck doesn’t like the way things are being run, so he decides to run against Farmer Brown in an election. Then he keeps moving up through different political positions all the way to President until he realizes he doesn’t like everything that comes with the job. It is a fun way of understanding the process of voting in an election and the different positions of politics.
Vote! by Eileen Christelow
This book is a great child friendly way to understand what voting is, how elections work, and what all the different words that people use in an election mean. There are lots of illustrations and speech bubbles to make it more personal and fun.
Madam President by Lane Smith
This is a cute story of a young girl acting as president in her daily life. It shows lots of different elements of being president with the actual terms for the things, but with illustrations in her child version (piggy bank as the secretary of treasury, giving ‘executive orders’ by asking for more waffles, etc)
This last one doesn’t show election or politics, but can be helpful in understanding an aspect of government:
We the Kids: The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
The book is the actual text of the preamble accompanied by illustrations of kids. It’s a good way to break down the preamble in a way kids could understand.
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