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Books to Read


Books on Election 


The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully
Ages 9–12
Cordelia is a young girl with a famous neighbor, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton, important in the women’s rights movement, inspires Cordelia to perform a courageous act.

Class President by Johanna Hurwitz
Ages 6–12
Lucas is running for class president. His friend Julio helps him. Their opponent is Cricket, who wants to the first female U.S. president.

The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Elinor Batezat Sisulu
Ages 4–8
Thembi goes to the polls with Gogo, her sick 100-year-old great-grandmother, the first time she has ever voted. It is the most important election in South African history.

Get Real #6: Girl Reporter Rocks Polls by Linda Ellerbee
Ages 9–12
Casey Smith, middle school student and reporter, covers her school’s election and asks a lot of important questions and uncovers some amazing answers.

Granddaddy’s Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
Ages 5–9
In the American South before the civil rights movement, African Americans were not allowed to vote. Little Joe, the granddaughter of Granddaddy Joe, tells the story of how he struggled to get the right to vote.

The Kid Who Ran for President by Dan Gutman
Ages 9–13
" ‘Hi! My name is Judson Moon. I’m twelve years old and running for President of the YOU-nited States!’ That’s how I introduced myself to a zillion people last year. I must have kissed a zillion babies, said a zillion hellos, shaken a zillion hands. . . ."

NEATE to the Rescue! by Deborah Newton Chocolate and Wade Hudson
Ages 9–12
NEATE stands for Naimah, Elizabeth, Anthony, Tayesha, and Eddie—five close friends. Naimah’s mother is on the City Council. When she runs for re-election, she faces a racist opponent. NEATE helps her campaign get out the vote.

Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President by Barbara Park
Ages 8–12
Rosie is far from the most popular kid. How can she possibly beat the two most popular kids in her class? Can she be the class president?

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
All Ages
Duck thinks his life is too hard. So he takes over the farm. When he finds out that is too much work, he runs for president of the Unites States.

Max for President by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Ages 6–9
Max and Kelly are running for class president. They create posters, make buttons, and give speeches. Who wins?

My Teacher for President by Kay Winters.
Ages 6–9
Oliver, a second grader, writes a very funny letter to the newspaper. He explains why his teacher would make the perfect president.

Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections by Peter W. Barnes
Ages 9–12
Woodrow G. Washingtail, a mouse, runs for president and wins. His amazing story, from beginning to his inauguration as president of the United Mice of America.




Presidential Elections: And Other Cool Facts by Sylvan A. Sobel.
Ages 7–12
Everything you want to know about elections—past and present. Fascinating facts!

The Voice of the People: American Democracy in Action by Betsy Maestro
Ages 8–13
Stories about how our government works and how elections take place.

If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House by Jane O'Connor
Ages 8–12
Interesting stories about the families who have lived in the White House.

So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George
Ages 7 and older
Funny stories about many different presidents showing what it takes to be president.

What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
Ages 7–12
Illustrates a story to show what each of 17 presidents did to show "what they were made of."

American Moments: Scenes from American History by Robert Burleigh
Ages 6–11
One page is devoted to 18 key events in American history, illustrated and captioned. Fascinating book.

Meet Benjamin Franklin by Maggi Scarf
Ages 7–9
The story of Ben Franklin, inventor, scientist, leader, and one of the most respected Americans in history.

A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by Betsy Maestro
Ages 8–12
Victoria Woodhull was the first female stockbroker, the first woman to own a newspaper, and the first to run for president. She ran against Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.

Vote! by Eileen Christelow
Ages 7–12
Find out what you need to know about elections—campaigning, debating, registering, volunteering, and voting.

America Votes: How Our President Is Elected by Linda Granfield
Ages 9–12
An amazing amount of interesting information on elections—primaries, conventions, the Electoral College, and more.