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As a parent or a teacher, you know how hard sometimes is to explain to small kids how elections work and what is the president's job. If you have trouble explaining the elections, these five picture books will help. 

 

  Duck for President

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Duck for President by Doreen Cronin is probably the first book most teachers will mention when you ask for a picture book about elections. It’s a great book about a duck who overthrows his farmer and ends up moving up in politics until he is elected President. With each step on the political ladder Duck realizes that he doesn’t like the job and wants something better only to discover that with each move up the workload increases too. I love that that teaches readers that being a leader isn’t about being the bossy one but rather having the most responsibility - teacher Allison McDonald

Grace for President

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This is a book that makes a black girl president. It makes her a great candidate, smart and capable, who has to fight hard to be respected. It uses historical and political facts and it acknowledges systematic oppression with an absolutely inspiring ending.The story, of course, is inspiring. But one of the most important things, I think, is how rooted in the actual political system it is. We, as a society, don’t know enough about how our electoral process works, and this book explains a lot of it in a way that is neither confusing nor condescending. - book reviewer Sarah Sullivan 

What Presidents are made of

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In this picture book, Piven presents the characters and interests of 17 U.S. presidents in text and collage portraits that make use of small toys and objects. Hot-tempered Andrew Jackson has bullets for eyes, a boxing glove nose, and a mouth represented by a miniature rifle; William Howard Taft holds a rubber duck as he sits, clothed, in the White House bathtub; Ronald Regan, pictured with Bonzo, has facial features made from jellybeans.  This is sure to be in demand during the upcoming election season; it will also make a good read-aloud. - library media specialist Kay Weisman

Presidents' Day

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This is a clever way to present information about four of the more well-known presidents kids learn about. The play gives various kids a chance to speak, with historical and personal facts about each individual. The illustrations show a lot of the activity, complementing the text well. The kids themselves are as precious as you'd expect young performers to be. Bright illustrations and well-constructed text quickly engage kids in this story that reinforces the history lessons they learn in school.- The Reading Tub

Madam President

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Lane Smith's Madam President is the story of a young girl named Katy who fancies herself the President of the United States. She goes through her elementary school day emulating the President, giving executive orders, participating in photo ops, kissing babies, negotiating treaties, and, of course, delivering vetoes. It is bound to be a hit, especially during this election year. The humor, and the strength of characterization of Katy, keep the story from being at all didactic, despite the information imparted about what Presidents do all day. Madam President offers a unique contribution to the picture book universe. Highly recommended. - reviewer Jen Robinson

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