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Election-Related Books for Young People 2004

This list of election-related books for young people was created by the Children's Book Council.  These books provide a detailed and wide-ranging understanding of our electoral process and its effects on our government, society, and day-to-day lives.

Grades K-3 | Grades 4-6 | Grades 7-up | About the Presidents

Grades K-3

Robert Burleigh.  American Moments:  Scenes From American


Emily Arnold McCully.  The Ballot Box Battle

Elizabeth Cady Stanton comes to life in this story about her fight for women's right to vote.

Doreen Cronin.  Duck for President

When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his being elected President.

Jane O'Connor.  If  the Walls Could Talk

Louis Sachar.  Marvin Redpost #5:  Class President

Even though they have all come to school in holey clothes, Marvin and his third grade class manage to impress their surprise visitor--the President of the United States.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  Max for President

Maggi Scarf.  Meet Benjamin Franklin

A biography of Benjamin Franklin highlighting his inventions, his newspaper and almanac, his work on the Declaration of Independence, and his diplomatic trips to England and France on behalf of the colonies.

April Jones Prince.  Meet Our Flag, Old Glory
Kay Winters.  My Teacher for President

Sheila Keenan.  O, Say Can You See?  American's Symbols,

Landmarks, and Inspiring Words

Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert.  Papa's Mark

After his son helps him learn to write his name, Samuel T. Blow goes to the courthouse in his Southern town to cast his ballot on the first election day ever on which African Americans were allowed to vote.

Jean Fritz.  Shh!  We're Writing the Constitution

Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Ron Roy.  A Spy in the White House

Betsy Maestro.  The Voice of the People:  American

Democracy in Action   A basic guide to voting and the election process in the United States.

Eileen Christelow.  Vote!

Using a campaign for mayor as an example, shows the steps involved in an election, from the candidate's speeches and rallies, to the voting booth where every vote counts, to the announcement of the winner.

David Catrow.  We the Kids:  The Preamble to the

Constitution of the United States   An illustrated preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

Kathleen Krull.  A Woman for President:  The Story of Victoria


Grades 4-6

Linda Granfield.  America Votes

Once you turn eighteen, you'll be eligible to vote -- but don't wait until then to get caught up in the excitement of elections! From the first primaries, through the party conventions, to the final count at the polls, the race for the presidency is a whirlwind of passionate speeches, sensational campaigns, and new beginnings that every American can be a part of!

Kathryn Lay.  Crown Me!

Carol Rust Nash.  The Fight for Women's Right to Vote in American

History   Discusses the people and events connected to the struggle to achieve women's rights, including the right to vote, from its origins in the mid-1800s through the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Katiann M. Kowalski.  Friendly Foes:  A Look at Political Parties

Describes the history and platforms of the two major political parties in the United States (Democrats and Republicans) as well as the bigger third party movements.

Russell Freedman.  In Defense of Liberty:  The Story of America's

Bill of Rights   Describes the origins, applications of, and challenges to the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that comprise the Bill of Rights.

Phillip Hoose.  It's Our World, Too!

A collection of essays about children who have made notable achievements, arranged in the categories "Taking a Stand," "Reaching Out to Others," "Healing the Earth," and "Creating a Safer Future," accompanied by a handbook for young activists.

Sydelle Kramer.  The Look-It-Up Book of First Ladies

Provides profiles of the women who influenced the history of the United States as wives of its presidents.

Catherine Thimmesh.  Madam President:  The Extraordinary, True

(and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics

Darleen Bailey Beard.  Operation Clean Sweep
David J. Goldman.  Presidential Losers

Elain Landau.  The President's Work:   A Look at the Executive


Teresa Bateman.  Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?:  The Stories

Behind Some of  America's Patriotic Symbols   Trivia and important facts behind many American patriotic symbols.

Sandy Donovan.  Running for Office:  A Look at Political


Phillip Hoose.  We Were There, Too!  Young People in U.S. History

Biographies of dozens of young people who made a mark in American history, including explorers, planters, spies, cowpunchers, sweatshop workers, and civil rights workers.

Ann Bausum.  With Courage and Cloth:  Winning the Fight for a

Woman's Right to Vote

Grades 7-up

David L. Hudson, Jr.  The Bill of Rights:  The First Ten Amendments

of the Constitution   Traces the history of the writing of the first ten amendments to the Constitution, and examines each amendment's provisions and applications in detail.

Diana K. Sergis.  Bush V. Gore:  Controversial Presidential Election

Case   Some extraordinary things happened during the presidential election of 2000: The winner was not known until December 12 -- thirty-five days after the November 7 election; and, more importantly, the voters did not make the final decision in this election. Neither did Congress. Quite surprisingly, the United States Supreme Court did.

Kathiann Kowalski.  Campaign Politics:  What's Fair?  What's Foul?

Examines the election process, both fair and unfair campaign practices, and prospects for reform.

Karen Alonso.  The Chicago Seven Political Protest Trial

Discusses the trial of Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, David Dellinger, John Froines, and Lee Weiner for activities during the Democratic National Convention of 1968.

Daniel Weidner.  The Constitution:  The Preamble and the Articles

Explores the preamble and individual articles of the United States Constitution, as well as how this important document was written, how it has developed through the years, and how it is enforced.

Daniel Weidner.  Creating the Constitution:  The People and Events

that Formed the Nation   Explores the creation of the United States Constitution, including the people involved, the ratification process, and the implications for the nation's government, both at its inception and today.

Sam Fink.  The Declaration of Independence

The text of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by illustrations meant to help explain its meaning.

Laura Baskes Litwin.  Fannie Lou Hamer:  Fighting for the Right to

Vote   A biography of the civil rights activist who devoted her life to helping blacks register to vote and gain a national political voice.

Susan Banfield.  The Fifteenth Amendment:  African-American

Men's Right to Vote   Examines the Amendment which gave African-American men the right to vote and discusses the struggle that took place to regain this right when it was denied.

Dan Gutman.  The Kid Who Ran for President

With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, twelve-year-old Judson Moon sets out to become President of the United States.

Dan Gutman.  The Kid Who Became President

At twelve, Judson Moon won the presidential election of 2000 and his adventures begins.

Judy Monroe.  The Nineteenth Amendment:  Women's Right to Vote

Traces the history of the women's rights movement in the United States which culminated in 1920 with the passage of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

Janet Tashjian.  Vote for Larry

Not yet eighteen years old, Josh, a.k.a. Larry, comes out of hiding and returns to public life, this time to run for President as an advocate for issues of concern to youth and to encourage voter turnout.

Steven H. Jaffe.  Who Were the Founding Fathers?  Two Hundred

Years of Reinventing American History   What were the founders of our country really like? Who should be counted as a founder?  Jaffe gives readers a fresh look at the people of 1776, and all of our history since that time.


About the Presidents

The Presidents and the Presidency | Alphabetical by President (Last Name)

The Presidents and the Presidency

Louis Phillips.  Ask Me Anything About the Presidents

Alice Provensen.  The Buck Stops Here:  The Presidents of the

United States   Detailed pictures present both personal and political facts about the Presidents of the United States and some historical events occurring during their terms.

Kenneth C. Davis.  Don't Know Much About the Presidents

Bestselling author Davis turns his keen eye to the White House and the 43 presidents, with quotes and sidebars that reveal the presidents' nicknames, pets, and even favorite foods. Includes a running timeline charting major landmarks in American history and a complete list of presidents and vice presidents.

Donald Robb.  Hail to the Chief

Primary text describes the powers and duties of the presidency while subtext highlights the accomplishments of individual presidents. Includes a timeline.

Kathleen Krull.  Lives of the Presidents:  Fame, Shame (And What

the Neighbors Thought)   Focuses on the lives of presidents as parents, husbands, pet owners, and neighbors while also including humorous anecdotes about hairstyles, attitudes, diets, fears, and sleep patterns.

Wyatt Blassingame.  The Look-It-Up Book of Presidents

Brief biographies of the presidents of the United States.

George Sullivan.  Mr. President:  A Book of U.S. Presidents

You will learn interesting facts about all of the Presidents of the United States.

Judith St. George.  So You Want to Be President?

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents.

What Presidents Are Made Of

Alphabetical by President (Last Name)

Judith St. George.  John and Abigail Adams:  An American Love

Story   The marriage between John Adams, the second president of the United States, and his wife Abigail, well known for speaking out on women's rights, is one of the most famous partnerships in American history.

Stephen Feinstein.  John Adams

A biography of the second President of the United States, who also served as the country's ambassador to France and as its first Vice President.

Stephen Feinstein.  John Quincy Adams

Discusses the personal life and political career of the son of the second president of the United States, who became the sixth president.

Jeff C. Young.  Chester A. Arthur

A biography of the twenty-first president of the United States, focusing on his personal life, education, and political career.

Jeff C. Young.  James Buchanan

A biography of the fifteenth president of the United States, describing his attempts to lead a divided nation under the scourge of slavery.

Tim O'Shei and Joe Marren.  George H. W. Bush

A biography of George Bush, who served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan and led the country during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Heron Marquez.  George W. Bush

In depth profile of George W. Bush produced by Lerner Publications and the A&E Television Networks.

Tim O'Shei and Joe Marren.  George W. Bush

A biography of George Walker Bush, who was inaugurated president of the United States in 2001.

Tim O'Shei.  Jimmy Carter

Explores the career and influences of the president who worked to preserve wildlife and national parks and to establish peace among conflicting nations.

Jeff C. Young.  Grover Cleveland

A biography of the twenty-second president of the United States.

Tim O'Shei.  Bill Clinton

A biography of the forty-second president of the United States, who was only the second president to be impeached.

Amy Graham.  Calvin Coolidge

Discusses the personal life and political career of the man who became the thirtieth president of the United States in 1923 upon the death of President Harding.

Randy Schultz.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

A biography of the thirty-fourth president of the United States, a great general who many believed was too nice to be a great politician.

David A. Adler.  A Picture Book Biography of Dwight David

Eisenhower    Details the life of the World War II general and thirty-fourth president of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower.

James M. Deem.  Millard Fillmore

A biography of the thirteenth president of the United States, including his accomplishment of the Compromise of 1850, which helped delay the Civil War by ten years.

Tim O'Shei.  Gerald R. Ford

A biography of the thirty-eighth president of the United States, who became president upon the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Jeff C. Young.  James A. Garfield

A biography of the twentieth president of the United States, whose term was cut short when he was fatally wounded a few months after his inauguration.

Judy Alter.  Ulysses S. Grant

Traces the life of the military leader who became America's eighteenth president after the Civil War.

Randy Schultz.  Warren G. Harding

A biography of the twenty-ninth president of the United States, whose administration was best known for the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Jeff C. Young.  Benjamin Harrison

A biography of the twenty-third president of the United States, focusing on his political career and personal life.

David Lillard.  William Henry Harrison

Describes the childhood, military and political career, short presidency, untimely death, and legacy of America's ninth president.

Ron Knapp.  Rutherford B. Hayes

Examines the life and career of the Civil War general and Ohio politician who became the nineteenth president of the United States.

David A. Chang.  Herbert Hoover

A biography of the thirty-first president of the United States, describing his career as mining engineer, businessman, and president during the Great Depression.

Stephen Feinstein.  Andrew Jackson

Traces the private and public life of America's seventh president, who was orphaned at the age of fourteen.

Albert Marrin.  Old Hickory:  Andrew Jackson and the

American People

David A. Adler.  A Picture Book Biography of Thomas Jefferson

Traces the life and achievements of the architect, bibliophile, president, and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Marvin Barrett.  Meet Thomas Jefferson

An easy-to-read biography of the third President with emphasis on the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

Chris Reiter.  Thomas Jefferson

A biography of the third President, who was also creator of the Declaration of Independence.

Judy Alter.  Andrew Johnson

Traces the life of the politician who received no formal schooling but became a distinguished legislator, governor, member of Congress, and eventually president.

Randy Schultz.  Lyndon B. Johnson

Explores the life of our nation's thirty-sixth president, whose administration became known for his "Great Society" politics and its involvement in the Vietnam War.

Ilene Cooper.  Jack:  The Early Years of John F. Kennedy

A description of the childhood and youth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.

Randy Schultz.  John F. Kennedy

Traces the life of the president who was assassinated in 1963.

David A. Adler.  A Picture Book Biography of John F. Kennedy

Depicts the life and career of John F. Kennedy.

Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire.  Abraham Lincoln

Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

Judy Alter.  Abraham Lincoln

A biography of the president responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and more.

Albert Marrin.  Commander in Chief:  Abraham Lincoln and the

Civil War   Brings Lincoln to life by placing him in the context of his own personal background and the larger circumstances of the country's greatest conflict.

Barbara Cary.  Meet Abraham Lincoln

David A. Adler.  A Picture Book Biography of Abraham Lincoln

Follows the life of the popular president, from his childhood on the frontier to his assassination after the end of the Civil War.

Neil D. Bramwell.  James Madison

A biography of the fourth president of the United States, who helped ensure ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Stephen Feinstein.  William McKinley

Covers the life, accomplishments, and political career of William McKinley.

Tim O'Shei and Joe Marren.  James Monroe

Examines the life of the president known for the foreign policy which bears his name, the Monroe Doctrine.

Randy Schultz.  Richard M. Nixon

A biography of the thirty-seventh president of the United States, describing his personal life and political career, including the Watergate scandal.

Jeff C. Young.  Franklin Pierce

A biography of the New Hampshire politician who served as president during a period of increasing bitterness between the North and the South.

Neil D. Bramwell.  James K. Polk

Traces the life of the eleventh president, who established an independent Treasury.

Donald Henry Hinkle.  Ronald Reagan

A biography of the fortieth president of the United States.

Cheryl Harness.  Franklin and Eleanor

Ron Knapp.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

Traces the life of the only president to be elected four times.

Donald G. Schueler.  Theodore Roosevelt

Traces the life of the man who has been called our nation's first modern president.

Judith St. George.  You're On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt

Michael Garland.  The President and Mom's Apple Pie

It's 1909 and President William H. Taft is coming by train to a small town to dedicate a new flagpole, but a beguiling smell of apple pie takes Taft on a trip around town to find it.

Kim A. O'Connell.  William Howard Taft

Traces the life of the twenty-seventh president, who worked to guard against unfair child labor practices and oversaw the planting of the first Japanese cherry trees in Washington, D.C.

James Deem.  Zachary Taylor

Traces the life of the twelfth president of the United States, who rose to prominence from a distinguished military career.

Judy Alter.  Harry S. Truman

Traces the life of the president who ordered the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japan.

Kim A. O'Connell.  John Tyler

A biography of the tenth President of the United States, under whose administration the Treaty of Wanghia was signed, thus opening China to American traders and paving the way for international trade that still occurs today.

Susan Jankowski.  Martin Van Buren

Examines the life of the lawyer politician who became the eighth president of the United States and led the country through its first serious depression.

David A. Adler.  George Washington:  An Illustrated Biography

Stephen Feinstein.  George Washington

Traces the life of America's first president, known as the "Father of his Country."

Frank Murphy.  George Washington and the General's Dog

Recounts events in the life of George Washington which focus on his fondness for animals.

Albert Marrin.  George Washington and the Founding of a

Nation   Albert Marrin examines the "father of our country" from the points of view of character, military experience, and also his slaveholding to assess Washington's role in the nation's history.

David Small.  George Washington's Cows

Humorous rhymes about George Washington's farm where the cows wear dresses, the pigs wear wigs, and the sheep are scholars.

Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora.  George

Washington's Teeth    A rollicking rhyme portrays George Washington's lifelong struggle with bad teeth . A timeline taken from diary entries and other nonfiction sources follows.

George-isms:  The 110 Rules George Washington Wrote

When He Was 14-And Lived By All His Life   Presents 110 quotations about civility and behavior that George Washington copied when he was fourteen years old and attempted to live by.

Joan Heilbroner.  Meet George Washington

Highlights the life of the first president, known as the Father of His Country.

David A. Adler.  A Picture Book Biography of George

Washington   A brief account of the life of the "Father of Our Country."

Henry M. Holden.  Woodrow Wilson

A biography of Woodrow Wilson, who became the twenty-eighth president four years before the nation entered World War I and is known for his plans for peace and a League of Nations.