For this weeks installment of Petite Patriots, we are sharing three books for you with very familiar faces. These three books are all about running for office, whether it is president of the school or mayor. These are great stories talking about elections and the voting processes.
Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton (Harper Collins, 2016) Splat the Cat is a very familiar face, in this latest adventure Splat is running for student body president, he is the only candidate running and wins by a landslide (hilarious, right?). As the story unfolds it is all about what Splat can do to make the school a better place, his first attempts fall flat and he is feeling pretty sad about it, but with gentle encouragement he is able to turn it around and really listen to the student body to determine what the students really want and need. Fabulous read for preschoolers to second grade.
LaRue Letters from the Campaign Trail for Mayor by Mark Teague (Blue Sky Press, 2008) Perfect for kindergarten to third graders. The LaRue books are fantastic, but do have a lot of words, making it difficult for petite listeners to keep focus. But like all LaRue books the writing is witty and fun and completely engaging even for adult readers, so we highly recommend this book to learn a little more about what the campaign trail might be like.
Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells (Scholastic Press, 2008) is a fantastic story that is really realistic when it comes to class elections. Many students want to be student body president, mostly the popular kids; what I like about this story is that it highlights what a good leader would do, the time they would need to put in, how they should be good listeners. I think that this is a great story to talk about the qualities of a good leader. Geared toward preschool to third grade.
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