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