Election Day is right around the corner and needless to say, this is a pretty historic one. Four years ago, I was in my second year of teaching preschool, and the presidential election coverage was everywhere. The kids were talking about who they were voting for and it dawned on me that kids, even preschoolers, can learn about elections and the importance of voting, too! They know it’s happening, so why not make a lesson for them in a way they can learn and have fun? I put together this collection of Election Day books for kids. You can read one to your kids or students, and then have your own little mock election to go along with it!
After the list of books, I will share the activity we did in my Pre-K classroom to go along with the book, Duck For President. I’ll also link a free printable ballot for you to use in your own home or classroom with your kids.
Election Day Books for Kids
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Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Besty Lewin
The Little Book of Presidential Elections by Zach Bush and Laurie Friedman
One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote by Bonnie Worth
If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton
If I Had Your Vote by Tom Brannon
Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
Froggy for President by Jonathan London
The President of the Jungle by Andre Rodrigues
In my class, we read Duck for President, and have an election complete with polling booth, sign in sheets (writing), ballots, vote box, and “I Voted” stickers. The kids absolutely love it! After everyone has voted, you can count the votes and create a graph for the winner (math).
Below, I included the link to a free printable download of the ballot for “Duck for President”. In the book, the 2 choices for voting are Duck and Farmer Brown. On my ballot, I included Pig and Cow, too, because we all know we don’t always like the top 2 “main” choices.
Hope this Election Day books for kids list is helpful to you as you teach your little ones about the importance of voting!
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