It’s election time and that means teachers are in need of some good Election Books. These books are appropriate for preschool, kindergarten, and first grades and include everything from campaigning, to voting, to becoming the president.
Snoopy for President by Charles M. Schultz Adapted by Maggie Testa – If a duck (Duck for President) and a Cat (Splat the Cat for President) then why not a dog? This book goes through much of the election process in a humorous way that all the Charlie Brown classics are so well known for. Click here to check it out.
Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak – This book shows a great example of standing up for what is right. Paul Czajak uses monsters to explain some of the hard to understand parts of the presidential election process. It is fun and educational, your kids will be begging you to read this one over and over again. Click here to check it out.
Vote for Me by Ben Clanton – If your students are showing signs that they have caught on to the presidential “debate” and are using phrases that could have only come from their parents (or another adult) mouths, then this book is for you. This book uses a donkey and elephant (lol) to illustrate that presidential candidates will do just about anything to win the election, but in the end, is that even enough? It is comical and helps explain what is going on during the presidential debates. Click here to check it out.
Let’s Vote On It by Janice Behrens – Now this book belongs in every classroom from Preschool to Grade 2. It is a non-fiction book that uses appropriate vocabulary and great real life pictures to help students understand the voting process. In this book, students vote on something not as serious as who will be the next President of the United States of America. They have to decide something just as important though, who will be their class pet? A goldfish or a hermit crab? Click here to check it out.
This book is a great introduction to your very own class election. In our Class Election Activities pack, you can pick from many different mock class elections. Or if you want to make your own, you can get the Editable Class Elections where you can insert your own words and pictures.
E if for Election Day by Gloria Gavris – This is a fun alphabet book with tons of vocabulary about the elections. You would not want to sit and read this book with your class from cover to cover most likely, but you could definitely do a couple letters a day. Kids will also love this book in your library. Click here to check it out.
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier – This book contains fictional pictures but gives true information about the ENTIRE election process. It begins explaining how the with candidates decide they want to run for president and goes through every step of the process up until Inauguration Day. Click here to check it out.
This books would go great with our Election Activities for Kindergarten (well preschool and first grades too). It has several activities where kids will experience what it is like to run for president like filling out an application to run and making campaign signs. It also has Voter Registration Application and a I Voted necklace.
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My Teacher for President by Kay Winters – Love this book! After learning about the responsibilities of a president, one special boy realizes his teacher would be perfect to do the job. After all, teaching is a lot like being the first world leader…. we have endless meetings, work 24-7, help solve the most important problem and have an answer for everything. You will enjoy this book as much as your students…promise! Click here to check it out.
One vote, Two Vote, I vote, You Vote by Bonnie Worth – Although this story is not written by Dr. Seuss it will not disappoint. It is full of rhymes explaining everything young children need to know about voting. It focuses on real life decisions that can be made by using the voting process like who should be the future president of the United States of America?…. or what kind of pet should we get as out classroom pet? Decisions! Decisions! Click here to check it out.
This book would go great with our Election Day Easy Readers. Students will learn all about voting and being the president with easy to read sentences and kindergarten appropriate content.
Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton – In this fun book your students will learn that being (student body) president is not an easy job. Sometimes the citizens (your peers) will like the decisions you make and sometimes they won’t. The important thing is you need to always do what is right, even if someone isn’t going to like it, …oh and don’t make promises you can’t keep. Click here to check it out.
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin – This cute story explains is perfect for teaching your students about the different several positions in the government. It also teaches the important lesson of “If you don’t like something you should do something about it… but before you do that…you may want to make sure you know what the job really entails.” Click here to check it out.
If I Were President by Catherine Stier – This book discusses important responsibilities of the President of the United States. It explains subjects young children might have questions about The White House, The Secret Service or creating a new law, just to name a few. This is a must read before providing your students with the writing prompt “If I were President, I…” Click here to check it out.
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio – This book may be out of date very soon, if not this year, maybe in four…Grace is shocked when she hears there has NEVER been a female President before. That is when she decides she will be the first female President. She shows a great example of courage and persistence. Click here to check it out.