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Upper Elementary Books About Elections & Voting
What’s the Big Deal About Elections?
Have you been looking for a book that chunks the information about elections? Well, look no further than What’s the Big Deal About Elections. This book includes a timeline of the history of our elections and snippets that explain more about each point along the way.
Lillian’s Right to Vote
Every election year, I take the time to explain my student why voting matters. Lillian’s Right to Vote is the tale of both African American and Women’s fight to be able to vote. It discusses how it is an honor, privilege, and responsibility for every citizen who can to vote in the election process.
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When You Grow Up to Vote
When I first started reading When You Grow Up to Vote, I almost put it down and stopped reading. It started out by explaining about the jobs of firefighters, policemen, and garbage collectors. Not what I wanted or needed.
I flipped through and said… AH HA! That is the information I needed. Skip over the first 3 chapters and start reading about the job of the mayor. This gives a great look at how our government works from the lowest to highest levels.
See How the Run
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House takes a light hearted look at the process of a Presidential Elections including Conventions and Primaries. It is a great way to start introducing some more difficult parts of the elections cycle and students are sure to love the graphics.
House Mouse Senate Mouse
It is very difficult to find a book just about what the house does unless you start to get into textbook like materials. House Mouse, Senate Mouse is the best that I can find. It is written for younger children but would be a great jumping off point to begin a comparison between the two chambers of congress.
My Senator and Me
As we are voting for Senators this time around, I thought a book on Senators would be great. Told from the perspective of the dog, Splash, learn about what a day in the life of Senator Kennedy is like.
Note: Some may disagree with the views of the bill presented in My Senator and Me. This is a great time to discuss how things are debated and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
The Class Election from the Black Lagoon
My students love the Black Lagoon Series. I include The Class Election from the Black Lagoon in my classroom library and point it out as a relevant book to read during this time of year. It has some great talking points especially about whether or not bribing people for votes is a good idea.
Funny Kid for President
A dear teacher friend sent me this book and said I had to read it. Brand new in 2018. She said Funny Kid for President was like her last recommendation… the kids would be rolling on the floor laughing and learning. She isn’t wrong. Her student who won’t read (or do) anything read this. Twice. Get it. Put it in your library.
P.S. This is a series. Part Chapter Book/Part Graphic Novel. Your student’s will be begging you to purchase them all.
Vote for Me
Brand new for 2018 is Vote for Me! This describes the different types of governments and how voting works around the world. I love this book and am so excited to add it to my library!
Have you ever struggled to compare types of governments to a student who just doesn’t get it? This is the book that you need! It will help them finally understand the differences in an easy to use format.
Why Purchase Books
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Why is reading important?
Reading is the number one thing you can do as a parent to help your child become a successful adult. As teachers, we know the importance of reading but struggle conveying this importance to parents.
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