Petite Patriots: Part Five

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:

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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.

petite-stag-favoriteMonster 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:

 

Petite Patriots: Part Three

As people prepare to watch the third and final debate tonight I wanted to share with you a fabulous book that we have enjoyed reading all about Hillary Rodham Clinton this week.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull and Amy June Bates is a great story to share with petites about a remarkable women who has accomplished so many things.  This story starts out with a young Hillary dreaming of becoming an astronaut in 1961, a job not possible for her at the time.  This book is filled with inspiration on every page.

Take the lead role in your own life

After reading this story with my girls and a few other books about Hillary Clinton we decided that this one was our favorite, because, according to my seven year old, the story just makes you feel good and she kept going even when it was tough.

Take a risk, and dare to change the world

The book is not only a very well written story, but is also filled with facts at the end of the book so that you can read about the accomplishments, contributions and history that Hillary has made.

The illustrations have a wonderful sketchbook, retro feel about them.  They also provide fantastic talking points throughout the reading to discuss how the people in the illustrations are feeling and treating young Hillary.  This book is geared toward a kindergarten – fifth grade audience.