Democracy, Caring, and Kindness: An Election Book List

Posted by Christine McDaniels on 11/5/18 5:06 PM

I believe it is incredibly important to educate our students about democratic elections and voting, especially during such a turbulent time in our political history. That’s why I decided to create a display of print books in our Primary School (K-5) Library. Midterm elections are coming up, and I know students are overhearing adult conversations about voting, going to the polls, and “doing the right thing.” I wanted to help students by providing more context and different perspectives. I wanted to give them a door into the conversations.

I decided to add the caring and kindness books to the display because we all need a reminder to be caring and kind in our daily lives. I also wanted to further promote Lowell’s work as a community of caring and kindness, especially when there is so much vitriol in politics right now.

Part of my job as a librarian is collection development—that means providing the resources in the collection to meet the information needs of the Lowell community. As I put the display together, I wanted to make sure students would have fiction and non-fiction options that they could read, connect to, understand, and enjoy. Research skills tied to real life events are more effective than skills taught in isolation, so I also developed a lesson for students to explore voting and elections within one of our digital resources—PebbleGo.

Having done additional research myself, I know that there are still more resources available for kids, families, and schools. The list of books below is just a place to start. If you have more titles and resources to recommend, I invite you to share them in the comment section.

Election Book List for Children K-5th Grade

  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish (author) and Lynne Avril (illustrator)
  3. America Votes: How our President is Elected by Linda Granfield (author) and Steve Bjorkman (illustrator)
  4. Courage by Bernard Waber
  5. Dealing with Feeling…Caring by Isabel Thomas
  6. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin (author) and Betsy Lewin (illustrator)
  7. First Ladies (DK Eyewitness Books)
  8. Grace for President, by Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham
  9. Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy (author), Eric Stein (author), and James E. Ransome (illustrator)
  10. How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Krasny Brown (author) and Marc Brown (illustrator)
  11. If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier (author) and Lynne Avril (illustrator)
  12. If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
  13. Kindness and Generosity: It starts with Me! by Jodie Shepherd
  14. Madam President by Lane Smith
  15. Poverty and Hunger (Children in our World) by Louise Spilsbury (author) and Hanane Kai (illustrator)
  16. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel
  17. Rabble Rousers: Twenty Women Who Made a Difference by Cheryl Harness
  18. See How they Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman (author) and Elwood Smith (illustrator)
  19. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies (DK Publishing)
  20. Susan B. Anthony (Women of Achievement) by Barbara Weisberg
  21. The Two Thousand Presidential Election by Elaine Landau
  22. Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein (author) and Shelly Hehenberger (illustrator)
  23. Vote! by Eileen Christelow
  24. What Does it Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio (author) and Stephane Jorisch (illustrator)
  25. What is Democracy?  by Jennifer Boothroyd
  26. Why Does Democracy Matter? by Jessica Pegis

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Christine McDaniels

Written by Christine McDaniels

Christine earned her BA in professional and creative writing with a minor in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University and her MA equivalent in early childhood education from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA. She taught Kindergarten and served as technology coordinator in several schools in the DC area before coming to Lowell and teaching 1st grade. She is now Lowell’s Pre-Primary and Primary School librarian.