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Unless you literally live underground, under a rock, with no internet, TV, radio or contact with the outside world, you know we are in the middle of a Presidential Election. I’d like to take a break from Facebook for a while, but sadly it’s part of my job, so no such luck. After all the negative remarks going around about the Presidential Candidates, I’ve decided to teach my kids about how it all works. To put a positive spin on it and help them remember that we are lucky to live in a free country where their vote can do some good. I want them to understand how it all works and understand how important it is to take the opportunity to vote. Especially my girls. I want them to learn how significant this year is, when for the first time in history, we have a woman as the Democratic Nominee. Now that’s something, even if we aren’t too happy about who it is, she is still a woman and is making history.
I decided to head to Scholastic for book suggestions for my kids to teach them about the Presidential Election because they don’t need to read all the garbage on the internet about the candidates. I want them to just learn about the process. I found 9 great books that do just that. And today I’m going to share those with you. Be sure to ask your child’s teacher for the VOTE FOR READING flyer feature so you can order these books for yourself. There is a special code you need to access most of these books.
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#1. Grace for President. This one was my favorite. Even to read to my older kids. Everyone loved this book and even though it’s about a classroom election, it teaches a lot about a real Presidential Election. “Where are the girls?” When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election! Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders. We loved this book!
#2. Honest Abe’s Guide to presidential Elections. This guide to presidential elections is packed with information about this important civic duty and is presented with cartoon style illustrations and conversational text. My 11 year old son enjoyed this book.
#3. The Kid Who Ran for President. Just in time for election season, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT is back. Humor, adventure, and excitement will draw kids into the world of elections and politics. “Hi! My name is Judson Moon. I’m 12 years old and I’m running for President of the YOU-nited States.” So begins this fast-paced, funny, and surprising account of a boy’s run for the Oval Office in the year 2000. Under the tutelage of Lane, his brainy friend and self-appointed campaign manager, the affable sixth-grader from Madison, Wisconsin, takes on the Democrats and Republicans as a Third Party candidate who can make waves. “Grown-ups have had the last one thousand years to mess up the world,” Judd tells a reporter. “Now it’s our turn.”
#4. What is the Declaration of Independence? On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country’s ties with Britain and announce a new nation—The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official. Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.
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#5-9. How our Government Works Pack. Have you ever wondered how the U.S. Government works? From the president to Congress to the highest court in the land, the branches of government do work that affects our lives every day. You should get to know our government.
Get some of these amazing books and start teaching your kids about our government and how it works. Remember to head over to my Instagram Page and enter to win this whole set for yourself!