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Moms Must Read: 5 Books for Kids about Politics

Moms Must Read:
5 Books For Kids About Politics

Election season is on everyone’s mind, it seems, and kids often want to get in on the action, especially if they see their loved ones watching the news. Teachers might even be teaching current events in school so even the youngest kiddo might have some knowledge of what’s going on.  While politics is a large topic and often mostly boring to kids, there are books available geared towards kids so they can join the conversation too.

I’m not suggesting you engage kids in a full on lesson about the differences between a Republican and Democrat, but kids will appreciate talking about famous historians, current and previous presidents, and perhaps even the voting process. Following are five books that might fit those requirements geared toward kids and politics.

1. Who Was George Washington?
by Roberta Harrison, Nancy Edwards

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George Washington is probably the first historian kids learn about. I love the Who Was/Is series because the language is perfect for children, the books contain lots of illustrations, and the kids learn something too. In this book, readers will learn why Washington is called the Father of Our country.

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2. Who is Barack Obama?
by Roberta Edwards & Nancy Harrison

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You had to know this book would be on the list, right? Kids need to know who the current president is as they’re probably seeing his face on TV and hearing parents talk about him. Kids love learning and this is the perfect biography for your little historian. This series covers everyone, check them out!

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3. Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

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I can’t get enough of this book! It’s so appropriate for kids of almost every age. Duck runs for president and it’s a hard campaign for a duck who started out on a farm. The book is silly at times but also shows how difficult campaigning is and also how hard it is to keep everyone happy (the chickens are cold, they want blankets!) while trying to get the job done.

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4. Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution
by Jean Fritz

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Did you know that the Constitution was written in secrecy? Thanks to award winning author Jean Fritz, readers can go behind the scenes to see how, when, why, where, and who wrote the Constitution. Middle grades and older will enjoy learning about the most talked about piece of paper. Illustrated by Tomie de Paola so you know the illustrations will be fun!

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5. Election! A Kid’s Guide to Picking Our President
by Dan Gutman

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Dan Gutman gets kids. He’s a prolific writer and kids he has fans as young as 6 because of his funny style that’s just right for kids. He tackles elections in this gem; you may have to look for it in a library because it’s a few years old, however the information about elections doesn’t change so it’s still relevant. The question and answer style is just the right format for kids who need a quick answer now. Examples of questions include:  “How do people know who will win an election before everybody’s voted? Do the candidates hate each other?”  You may chuckle as you remember your history lessons; the current candidates or not the only ones who have engaged in despicable campaign tactics.

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Don’t be afraid to talk politics with your kids, you may be surprised that they understand more than you think. Also? It’s a good way for you to talk about your political beliefs and instill them in your kids. Reading books about politics, history, or the elections is a great time to hang out with your kid, too. You never know what you might learn from reading a book with a kid; you might learn something new!

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