Voting season is here! It is so important to teach our young students about the importance of voting and encourage them to vote when they are older. If you’ve been following me for awhile, then you know I love to teach concepts with mentor texts. So, I gathered a list of books about voting for primary students right here!
This text, V Is For Voting, is an ABC book that teaches the reader the power of voting on important topics, like social justice and civil rights. Each sentence is short, yet powerful.
A Vote Is A Powerful Thing teaching about the election when the class has an election for their field trip! They learn about the election process by deciding where to have their class field trip.
The book, Grace For President is a long-time favorite. Grace wants to be the class president and the school holds an election between her and her opponent. Through this book we learn about important terms of voting and elections, while also learning about voting in the classroom setting.
This text, I Voted!, teaches the power of choosing. It gives examples of simple things to choose from to more complex topics like electing representatives. It explains how when we vote alone on something just for us, then we usually get what we want. However, when we are voting for something for our country, it’s everyone’s vote that counts.
I absolutely love Vote For Our Future. It is one of my new favorites and is full of important voting information for kids to learn. It shows kids can be powerful in the voting process, even though they aren’t old enough to vote yet.
This one has a favorite character, Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote is about her class voting for a new rule at her school. What I like about this book is it is in the classroom so students can relate to it, but also that it explains absentee voting. A students still got to vote, even though she was sick at home.
This book, Max For President, is about a boy named Max running for class president. He and his opponent Kelly campaign, make speeches, etc. similar to the president of the United States. It’s a good text for teaching students about voting where it might be more applicable to them right now.
I love all “The Night Before…” books. I think they are great for prepping our young learners for so many big topics and this one makes no exception. The Night Before Election Day is about how a town is preparing for the election day. The narrator, a young girl, even says how she’s been hearing about the election forever, which made me giggle considering it does feel like we hear about it forever! I love how the family included their children in the voting day and how the book shows kids how important voting is.
If I Ran For President is a fun one that explains what this kid would do if he ran for president. He goes through all the important steps, like campaigning, working with his political party, debates, etc. This one is also full of information and terms, like caucus. It’s important for our students to learn these terms early so they can be well informed when they are older.
This book, If You Go With Your Goat To Vote, is a fun particularly for younger students. It’s about animals that take their young animals to vote with them. This book explains the experience of voting, rather than the terms and actions like the previous books I mentioned. It’s cute and perfect for littles!
I hope you enjoyed these recommendations for books about voting for primary students!
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