Unless you have been living under a rock or manage to live a media/technology free life you are fully aware that we are in the throes of an election season – a particularly controversial election season.   After being bombarded with a flurry of questions from my girls after watching a few news clips and political campaign commercials, I decided I have to come up with a way to participate in the excitement of election season without indulging in the dirty underbelly of the beast.

Read About it…

There are a ton of books written for children to help them understand or at least get a glimpse into the complicated American election process.  Here are 6 that my girls and I have already reserved at the library:

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Vote for Me by Ben Clanton allows us to follow Donkey and Elephant through the process of election for US President. Readers witness how mean they are to one another throughout the process.

Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak is the story of a colorful monster who decides to run in the election.  And, what cause is most dear to him?  Saving a library of course.  This is a silly and playful story but still delivers a message of standing up for something you believe in.

In Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, Grace can’t believe that there has never been a woman president – So, she decides to run.

See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman teaches the basics of elections in the U.S. in this conversational picture book.

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth In simple rhyme, the Cat in the Hat introduces early readers to the concept and practice of voting—with a focus on the American presidency!

Election!: A Kid’s Guide to Picking Our President by Dan Gutman is a fun, funny, and informative guide to the weird world of American politics

See About it…

grace-for-presidentSince we are reading Grace for President we MUST go see the World Premiere of the play adaptation being put on by the Charlotte Children’s Theater.  The play runs Oct 21 – Nov 6, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Theater inside of Imaginon.

Its about a little girl named Grace Campbell who one day in class, discovered there has never been a female president. “Where are the girls?” she asked, as her third-grade teacher rolls out a poster of all 44 U.S. presidents. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and inspires a school election. She seems the likely winner until the most popular boy runs against her. Through the throes of campaigning and pep rallies, service projects and posters, Grace and her classmates discover what it takes to be the best candidate and find the fun and hilarity in the wonderful world of politics!

To get tickets or learn more about play click here.

Speak About it…

Talk to your children about your views and why you are voting however you are choosing to vote.  You don’t have to just focus on the presidential campaign. Campus Select has put together nifty nonpartisan guides to not only the presidential candidate but supreme court, senate and gubernatorial candidates.  Go to Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website and download a sample ballot or print a map of your area and discuss what you are comfortable discussing that is age appropriate with your children.did-you-know

Be About it…

If all else fails just Vote. Take your kids to the polls or tell them about your visit. Make them feel proud that they have a parent who fulfills their civic duty and wants to make and cause change to get the best possible outcomes. As adults we can be a bit jaded but really its an exciting time and history in the making, so, let’s share that with our children!!

Do you have any election day/season rituals and traditions that you do as a family??