Growing Reader

Don’t Forget to Vote!
7 Picture Books About Elections
and Voting

by Devon Corneal

Photo credit: Andrew Rich, Vetta/Getty Images

A presidential election is a big deal! Talking about the voting process and the value of a peaceful transition of power in the United States with your kids is important. These seven books will help introduce your children to the complexities of our electoral process in terms they can understand. They’re funny, engaging, and might even make voters out of your kids. Just be prepared for their disappointment when you explain they have to wait a few years before casting a ballot.

  • Vote for Me!

    by Ben Clanton

    In a year when partisan politics is front and center, an imaginary race between Elephant and Donkey is just the ticket to explain campaigns to your kids. Clever rhetoric, great illustrations, and a surprise candidate will amuse grown-ups while teaching kids a thing or two about mud-slinging. I’m still not sure what Elephant or Donkey’s platforms are, but I appreciate their commitment to making children’s literature a better place.

  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote

    by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril

    Letting an elementary school vote on school rules? It probably won’t end well, but Amelia Bedelia’s first foray into the democratic process is a clever way to engage kids in a discussion of the upcoming Presidential election. Kids will learn about absentee ballots, run-offs, and the power of persuasion. They may even learn how to convince the administration to adopt homework-free Wednesdays, but you didn’t hear it from me.

  • Duck for President

    by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

    Duck isn’t happy with things on the farm, so he takes matters into his own hands and convinces the other animals to let him replace Farmer Brown. However, Duck discovers that running things is hard work, so he does what any self-respecting politician would do — he runs for higher office.

  • So You Want to Be President?

    by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small

    On this stroll through 41 of our past Presidents (apologies to Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who were elected after the book was published) you’ll learn what it takes to make it to the White House, as well as some of our former leaders’ idiosyncrasies.

  • John, Paul, George & Ben

    by Lane Smith

    For a trip further back, explore the early lives of our preliminary Presidents. It turns out George Washington was a delinquent with an unhealthy attachment to his axe, and Thomas Jefferson was a teacher’s worst nightmare. It’s never too early to learn the history of politics, and this book is a humor-filled place to start.

  • Bad Kitty for President

    by Nick Bruel

    All politics is local, and that couldn’t be clearer in Bad Kitty for President. When it comes time to choose the new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition, Bad Kitty learns the importance of registering to vote. Meanwhile, the neighborhood holds its breath to see if the election will be decided by a single ballot.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead

    by Michelle Markel, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    If your kids are interested in the candidates themselves, you’re in luck. This new release traces the life of presidential candidate, former First Lady, Secretary of State, and Senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton. An inspirational story for girls, no matter their political persuasion.