I have always been a voter. The main reason I’ve always voted is because my parents always voted. From an early age, the stressed to me how important it was to vote in every election, no matter the candidates or issues on the table. And so, as a parent, I take my children to vote with me as often as I can. I want them to understand how important voting is, and that every vote and every race matters.
We also read books about elections and voting, so they can understand the why and how behind casting a ballot. Beyond that, we talking about voting rights, and the sacrifices others have made made so that women, minorities, and the poor could vote alongside white, landowning men. Even today, there are attempts to limit the ability of certain groups of people to vote. That’s why my vote matters; because it speaks for all of those who may not be able to exercise that right.
These books about elections and voting will help you teach your children about the process of voting and the history behind it. They’ll help you raise future voters who will one day to their part to change the world.
9 Children’s Books About Elections and Voting
What’s the Big Deal About Elections by Ruby Shamir — This bright and colorful nonfiction book is a great introduction to voting for elementary-aged kids. It explores the history of elections, voting rights, who can run for office, and why voting matters at every level. I love all the fun facts and interesting tidbits in this book!
One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote by Bonnie Worth — The Cat in the Hat takes on the topic of elections, explaining the process of voting to kids using rhyme. The rhyming in this book can sometimes get a little awkward, but there’s lots of good information in this book, and younger elementary-aged kids will love seeing a familiar character in the pages.
Duck For President by Doreen Cronin — The author of Click, Clack, Moo! takes on elections in this silly story. Duck is not happy with the long list of chores Farmer Brown has given him, so he decides to hold a special election to replace the farmer. After winning, Duck sets his sights on a higher office…and soon ends up running the country! This book is a fun introduction to the idea of voting for preschoolers and younger elementary-aged kids.
Granddaddy’s Turn by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein — When Michael’s Granddaddy puts on a suit, Michael knows that it must be a special day. Michael thinks they might be going to the fair, but instead, Granddaddy is going to vote for the very first time. However, when they reach the polls, Granddaddy is turned away because he can’t read. Michael vows that one day, he will vote, because of his Granddaddy. This gorgeous book tells the story of the author’s own experiences, and it’s an excellent introduction for children to the struggle of voting rights.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio — Grace Campbell is shocked when she looks at a poster of all the United States Presidents and sees NO girls! When Grace’s teacher explains that a woman has never been president, Grace is not happy. Grace decides that she wants to be president, and she runs in her school’s mock election. This excellent book teaches kids (and adults!) about running for president, the Electoral College, and the suspense of election day. It’s one of my favorite books about elections!
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier — If you ran for President, what would you have to do? This informative book explains that someone running for president must campaign, choose a running mate, participate in debates, and much more. Kids will learn about the glamorous and not-so-glamorous parts of running for office, and will also learn more about the Electoral College. A great introduction to voting for kids ages 4 and up.
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter — Lillian is a one-hundred-year-old African-American woman who is walking to her polling place to vote. As she walks, she recalls the struggles African-Americans have faced in the name of gaining the right to vote. She thinks of her great-grandfather voting for the first time after the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment. She thinks of the marches and protests that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And she won’t let anything keep her from casting her vote. This book is one that every child should hear.
Vote! by Eileen Christelow — This picture book/graphic novel hybrid takes a look at a local election, through the eyes of the candidates pets. Readers will learn about registering to vote, debates, Election Day, recounts, rallies, and more. I recommend this book for independent readers ages 6 and up. The style makes it a difficult read-aloud, but it’s perfect for younger readers to explore on their own.
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone — “What would you do if someone told you you can’t be what you want to be because you’re a girl?” Elizabeth Cady Stanton was not content being treated as “less than” to men, and that drove her to become a leader in the fight for women’s suffrage. Kids will love the straightforward storytelling and bright illustrations in this book.