Presidential Elections for Curious Kids

With the debate in Denver and the presidential elections coming soon, children might be interested in learning more about the presidency, life in the White House, and the election process. Here are some recommended fiction and nonfiction books and websites for a variety of ages. Read them together or give them to your child for independent reading and then start a discussion about the government.

Nonfiction for Older Elementary and Middle Schoolers:
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
The Election Book: The People Pick a President by Carolyn Jackson
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman
The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents by Susan Katz
Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull

Nonfiction for Younger Elementary Schoolers:
If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier
Vote! by Eileen Christelow
First Garden: The White House Garden and How it Grew by Robbin Gourley

Chapter Books:
Capital Mysteries series by Ron Roy
Liberty Porter series by Julia DeVillers
How Not to Run for President by Catherine Clark

Picture Books:
Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
The Great White House Breakout by Helen Thomas
Madam President by Lane Smith
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
I’m Going to Washington to Visit the President by Harriet Ziefert


Time for Kids

PBS Zoom Out the Vote

Scholastic Magazine

Nick Kids Pick the President

Have you read any books or visited any websites that you’d like to recommend?

Written by Rachel on October 2, 2012


Anonymous on October 5, 2012


Thanks for the helpful list for my classroom. I especially appreciate the PBS Zoom Out the Vote. It is unfortunate one presidential candidate went on record in favor of cutting funding to PBS.


Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad to hear you found the resources helpful.

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