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

by Devon A. Corneal

Photo credit: Ariel Skelley, DigitalVision Collection/Getty Images

Elections are 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 books will help introduce your children to the complexities of our electoral process in terms they can understand. They’re engaging, informative, 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.

  • Max for President

    by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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    It's time to vote for class president and Max and Kelly have both decided to run. They create posters and give speeches to get the word out among their classmates. When Kelly wins the election, Max is sad — that is, until Kelly asks Max to be her vice president. A sweet story that brings the election process close to home (or school!) for little readers.
    (Ages 3 – 7)

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  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote

    by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril

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    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.
    (Ages 4 – 8)

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  • What’s the Big Deal About Elections?

    by Ruby Shamir

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    Have you ever wondered why Election Day is on a Tuesday? Or if a presidential candidate has ever run without an opponent? Then this book’s for you! What’s the Big Deal About Elections? recaps the history of voting in the United States, providing tons of facts and trivia to help kids learn all about local and national elections, and how they work.
    (Ages 4 – 8)

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  • Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote

    by Kirsten Gillibrand, illustrated by Maira Kalman

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    Accompanied by bright illustrations by Maira Kalman, Senator Gillibrand’s debut picture book introduces young readers to ten American women who worked tirelessly for equal rights. It focuses on the work of bold, brave activists and suffragists across history and, ultimately, looks optimistically to the future: "Now it's your turn," Senator Gillibrand writes. "You are the suffragists of our time."
    (Ages 6 – 9)

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  • Duck for President

    by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

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    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.
    (Ages 4 – 8)

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  • One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote

    by Bonnie Worth, illustrated by Aristedes Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

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    Learn about elections and voting from Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat! With colorful illustrations and rhyming text, this picture book focuses on the election process — whether you’re voting for a class pet, local sheriff, or president of the U.S. — and explains that elections provide a way for voters to have a say in local and national politics.
    (Ages 5 – 8)

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  • So You Want to Be President?

    by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small

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    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.
    (Ages 7 – 10)

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  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

    by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane W. Evans

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    Even at 100 years old, Lillian is determined to make it to the ballot box on Election Day. As she climbs a very steep hill to get to the voting booth, she reflects on all that African Americans like herself have endured in the fight for voting equality. A must-read for kids learning about civil rights and a reminder for readers of all ages to not take the right to vote for granted.
    (Ages 5 – 9)

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  • Bad Kitty for President

    by Nick Bruel

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    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.
    (Ages 7 – 10)

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  • My Teacher for President

    by Kay Winters, illustrated by Denise Brunkus

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    Oliver has been learning about the responsibilities of the president in school and he has the best candidate in mind. He writes a letter to his local news station that explains why he thinks his teacher is perfect for the job. This is a great book for sparking discussions around the character and duties of a strong presidential candidate as they relate to a job kids are already familiar with.
    (Ages 5 – 8)

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2018.