With much of the nation’s attention focused on the upcoming presidential election, kids are surely starting to understand that something important is going on. The most common words on TV and radio these days seem to be Romney, Obama and Ohio. Being a native Ohioan, it’s been interesting to read about all of the attention being lavished on the Buckeye State and its undecided voters. I called my dad to see if either candidate had stopped by his house yet, but so far he hasn’t experienced the personal touch.
There are many good books to introduce kids to the political system, but judging from their titles, there may have to be a run-off election between Duck, Grace and “My Teacher.” All of these books are fun and informative and are the perfect gateways to a life of active citizenship.
The first five on the list are for young citizens – kids who will cast their first vote for President in 2024. The next five books are for older kids, readers who understand what the President is and are ready to learn more about the demands (and the perks) of the most demanding job in the country.
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
If I Were President by Catherine Stier
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
Vote! by Eileen Christelow
Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull
What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven
So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George
Smart About the Presidents by Jon Buller
Vote Early and Often – especially if you live in Ohio!