Four for Four
At some point, a lot of kids dream of being president. Whether or not you’ve got an Alex P. Keaton on your hands, the elections have a lot of kids — and adults — asking questions. Here are four books and related tools for helping explain the presidential ritual we experience every four years.
Abe Lincoln's Dream
By Lane Smith
A girl wanders off on a field trip to the White House and meets Abe Lincoln’s ghost. From the eerily captivating illustrations to the compelling story, this is an all-around winner.
Need more proof? Check out this fantastic trailer for the book.
Duck for President
By Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
From running a farm to running a country, it’s all tiresome work for one ambitious Duck.
Here’s a great activity guide for teachers -- and parents!
Also, our friend Mike Gregoire, the First Gentleman of Washington State, recently read the book to kids at a RIF program in Seattle.
Grace for President
By Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Not only a great story about a little girl striving to become the first female President of the United States, but it explains the electoral system in a way children (and grownups) can understand.
Here are some creative ideas for using the book, from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
By Eileen Christelow
A town elects a mayor and everybody gets involved in the process, including the candidates’ pets. The book covers all the ins and outs of the electoral process – with humor and levity.
Activities for extending the book's lessons are available on the publisher’s website.
In related news, if you haven’t yet, check out Scholastic’s Election 2012 site. It’s full of great resources for kids, parents and teachers. For example, wondering how to talk about the Presidential Election with pre-schoolers? There’s a handy download covering all age ranges.