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Teacher Quick Picks - Election and Voting

Elections and Voting


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Duck for President, Doreen Cronin

Duck runs for president when he gets tired of working for Farmer Brown.

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If I Ran for President, Catherine Stier

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to campaign for national office.

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LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail, Mark Teague  Humorous take on local politics from the point of view of a dog. Book Cover



Madam President, Lane Smith

In this comically illustrated picture book, a girl imagines what her day would be like if she were the president.

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My Teacher for President, Kay Winters

A second-grader writes a TV station with reasons why his teacher would make a good president.

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Papa’s Mark, Gwendolyn Battle-Levert

A father casts a vote after his son teaches him how to write his name.

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Barack Obama: An American Story, Roberta Edwards

A short biography of the Democratic candidate for president.


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My Dad, John McCain, Meghan McCain

A picture book biography of the Republican candidate for president, written by his daughter.

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Vote!, Elaine Christelow

Shows the steps involved in a mayoral election, from campaigns to victory.

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Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President, Lynne Plourde

Briefly recounts the story of one of the first women presidential candidates.

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Voting, Sarah De Capua

Discusses the history of voting and elections.



Middle Grades




Mama Went to Jail for the Vote, Kathleen Karr

A young girl comes to appreciate her mother’s work as a suffragist.

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Soccer Chick Rules, Dawn FitzGerald

13-year old Tess becomes involved in local politics to get a tax levy passed.

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America Votes: How Our President Is Elected, Linda Granfield

An introduction to the national election process.

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Friendly Foes: A Look At Political Parties, Elaine Landau

The history of the Democrat and Republican parties, as well as some third party movements, is presented for older students.

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Madam President, Catherine Thimmesh

An overview of the role of women in American politics through history.

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Obama: A Promise of Change, David Mendell

An adaptation for young readers of the book Obama: From Promise to Power

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Political Profiles: John McCain, Catherine Wells

Biography of the Republican candidate for president.

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Links to Internet Web Sites


Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: Elections

A succinct explanation of the election process for federal officials (president & vice-president, senators, and representatives) aimed at students in grades 3 - 5.

Elections: The American Way

This well-designed site, best suited for upper elementary and older students, contains a wealth of information on subjects such as candidacy, the party system, the election process, and more.

Scholastic Election 2012 Online magazine

Election 2012 from Time for Kids




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