If you are looking for Presidents’ Day books for kids, then you found the right place! These children’s books are great for teaching students about the holiday and the people we are celebrating. Using children’s books for Presidents’ Day is a great way to celebrate and educate in your classroom. Your students are going to love these read alouds! Check out the full list of Presidents Day’ books for kids below!
This post highlights the following books:
- Duck for President
- Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
- Grace for Pressident
- Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America
- Today on Election Day
- The Night Before Election Day
- Madam President
- Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote
- If I Ran for President
10 Presidents’ Day Books for Kids
Below are 10 quality Presidents’ Day books for kids. Your students are going to love these Presidents’ Day picture books! They are great winter read alouds!
1. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Duck For President is another book from Doreen Cronin’s series with characters from Farmer Dave’s Farm. In this story, Duck is tired of doing chores all day and getting dirty. He decides to hold an election where he will run against Farmer Dave. The animals on the farm register to vote and Duck wins! However, running the farm is much more work than Duck imagined.
He decides to get his friends together and run for governor. He makes speeches and meets a lot of people. On election day, Duck wins the governor. However, Duck soon realizes that being governor is also a lot of work. That night, he and his staff start planning his campaign to run for president. Once in office, Duck realizes how hard the job is and sees a help-wanted ad looking for a duck. He takes the position and returns to the farm with his friends and Farmer Dave.
2. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty
In Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, Sofia Valdez loves helping out the members of her community. She and her Abuelo rake leaves, walk pets and deliver food. Sofia loves walking to her school with Abuelo and her pup. One day on their walk home, the dog started chasing a squirrel. Sofia and Abuelo ran through the landfill after the pup. When they got to the top, the landfill crashed down and Abuelo broke his leg. Sofia missed walking to school with Abuelo and came up with the idea to turn the landfill into a park.
Sofia went to City Hall on her own and eventually made her way to the mayor. She explained her purpose and plan for building a park and he told her to start a petition. Slowly members of the community joined Sofia’s petition and they were able to build the park! Students will love this story about Sofia’s determination and perseverance. It will quickly become one of their favorite Presidents’ Day books for elementary. I liked it so much I added it to my Starts With a Story collection!
3. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
In Grace for President, a young girl Grace is learning about presidents in school. She is surprised to learn that there has never been a girl president. Grace decides that she wants to run for president and her teacher organizes an election.
Grace and Thomas, a student from another class, are running against one another. The students learn about the electoral college and Grace and Thomas both run presidential campaigns. They create slogans, buttons, posters, and come up with promises. Grace works really hard during her campaign and spends a lot of time working.
During the election, Grace and Thomas are tied when it comes time for the last state to cast their electoral votes. Thomas is certain that Sam is going to vote for him. Everyone is surprised when Sam chooses to vote for Grace and she wins the election.
When it comes time for career day, Grace knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up: president!
4. Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen
Through rhyming verse, Equality’s Call describes the history of voting rights in America. It shows how, during the founding of the country, the idea of equal rights did not originally apply to everyone. This book describes the roadblocks that many faced on the road to the expansion of voting rights to all Americans.
Students will love how the illustrations in this book help bring the story to life.
5. Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier
The book Today on Election Day gives a glimpse into the lives of six future voters and their families on Election Day. Through their stories, it shows the importance of voting in America and introduces lots of ideas about the present and past of the election process, like political parties, campaigns, the suffrage movement, amendments, and the voting process itself.
From ballots and voting booths to senators and presidents, this book gives a wonderful overview of what happens on Election Day!
6. The Night Before Election Day by Natasha Wing
Written with a similar style to the popular book The Night Before Christmas, the story The Night Before Election Day introduces the basics of an election through the perspective of a young elementary school girl. She talks about how her class prepared the school for election day by hanging flags and crepe paper, and how each political party has different symbols. Then, she tells about how her family had watched debates on television and went to a rally in their town hall during the year before the election. Finally, the girl goes with her family to the polls and experiences Election Day for herself!
Students will love this book because it provides a personal view of Election Day and the importance of voting through one young girl’s experience.
7. Madam President by Lane Smith
In the story Madam President, a young girl imagines her life if she were president. She could give executive orders, answer (or not answer!) questions at press conferences, and veto what she doesn’t agree with, like tuna casserole. Using lighthearted illustrations, this book details the daily responsibilities of a president through the eyes of an elementary-school student.
8. Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
In Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote, a young Amelia Bedelia tells the principal that her class is having an election, and they decide to vote on a new school rule. After creating a ballot, election day arrives! However, after the election the students discover that the vote is tied. The teacher decides that, after lunch, the class will have a run-off vote. Amelia takes this literally and has a race with a classmate, but they run into their teacher and have to visit the nurse’s office. Luckily, the teacher soon receives an absentee ballot from a student that was not in class that day and the tie is broken.
Students will love to see how Amelia Bedelia navigates the challenges of the election process! This book leads nicely into discussions about what happens with the votes on Election Day.
9. Vote by Eileen Christelow
Vote tells about one town’s election for a new mayor through the perspective of two dogs. Their questions about the process mirror what a young student may wonder when learning about some of an election’s more confusing aspects. Both dogs are owned by one of the candidates, Chris Smith, and together, the dogs watch as the election process unfolds, from voter registration, who gets to vote, polls, and what happens when the losing candidate demands a recount of votes.
Students will love how the story is told through the eyes of two dogs, and this story’s humor will make learning about elections much more exciting!
10. If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
If I Ran for President makes a great read aloud before an election or in honor of President’s Day.
If I Ran For President is told from the point of view of different children that plan to run for president. Readers will learn what happens when someone first decides to run for president, what happens during a campaign and what happens on and after election day. Students will be introduced to important vocabulary regarding campaigns and elections.
While informative, the book is still entertaining and inspiring. Students will believe that they too can be president someday no matter what they look like or what their gender is.
If you are looking for lesson ideas and activities for teaching Presidents’ Day through picture books, then check out the Starts With a Story resources below!
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