Eek! We are only a few days away from the election, have you voted yet? We voted last night as a family with our two petites and discussed what it means to vote, what types of things we can vote for and how even one vote can make a difference.
For today’s Petite Patriots we have three books to share with you:
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004) two powerhouses in the kid lit world. Duck for President is the 3rd book in the Click, Clack, Moo series; this book is filled with wit and is perfect for reading aloud to petites. This is the story of Duck who believes that he is more equipped to run the farm than Farmer Brown, so he holds an election. Once he wins, he takes his political prowess all the way to the top. This book is perfectly marvelous and would be so much fun to share with preschool to third graders.
Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak and Wendy Grieb (Mighty Media Kids, 2015) is so bold and bright it begs you to read it. This book is not only cute it is exceptionally educational. We found ourselves stopping at many different points to discuss the new terminology that is being used. What we loved about this book are the ample teaching opportunities, to discuss voting age, soapboxes, oratory skills, issues, town hall meetings, debates, grassroots movement and so much more. This book is the perfect jumping off point to discuss the election process. To perhaps even use as part of a mock debate. This book is bright and cheery enough to hold small petites attention even when the content is too advanced. The recommended age for this book is preschool to third grade, but for comprehension of all the details I would say 1st grade to fourth grade. Teachers, be sure to check this one out there are tons of great teachable moments just waiting for you.
Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton (Kids Can Press, 2012) is spectacular, it has a Mo Willems like feel, a very clever duo and of course convey the mudslinging that is often times found in politics. This book, offers something a little different than the others that we have shared before, it really focuses on the satire of the political process, the negative name calling that can take place. We loved the anti-bullying, anti-arguing message that is so strong in this book. A quick read, but one that is sure to tickle your petites.
In case you are just tuning in, here are the links for prior Petite Patriots: