Election 2020 Kids Booklist

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The 2020 Election on Tuesday, November 3 is likely a big topic at your dinner table right now. When teaching preschool, it delighted me to rake leaves with two-and-three-year-olds, hearing about their favorite candidates.

My children think jack-o-lanterns at doorsteps mean it’s time again to plant yard signs. I took them canvassing in strollers. We walked hand-in-hand to the library to pick out storybooks about American History. Duck for President and George Washington’s Wooden Teeth gave me a way to share my patriotism with my children without filling them with worry when they were too young to take up our adult concerns.

I loved my kids’ political questions back when they were little, “Mama, what does Congress really do?” I answered carefully because they weren’t actually asking for the details. Now, I love our kitchen-counter conversations with my soon-to-be fourteen and eighteen-year-old sons, forming their own opinions.

When we “talked politics” over the years, our discussions rose up out of stories, growing from simple board books to profound chapter books, written for teens and worthy of bookclub attention.

Here are a few of our favorite titles, including one that my son and I will read this year in our own little USA bookclub.

Election 2020 Kids Booklist

PRE-K TO AGE 7
Election 2020 Kids Booklist

One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote
Bonnie Worth
Using simple rhyme, The Cat in the Hat teaches the basic principles of democracy. How political parties formed. Why we hold Election Day in early November, and other interesting facts about voting, many details even grown-ups might not know.


AGES 6-10
Election 2020 Kids Booklist

Lillian’s Right to Vote
Jonah Winter 
Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, recalling her family’s history. A lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make her voice heard.


AGES 11-14

Johnny Tremain
Esther Hoskins Forbes
1944 Newbery Medal winner about a fourteen-year-old apprentice silversmith who lives through the defining events of the American Revolution. Johnny Tremain participated in The Boston Tea Party, the Sons of Liberty, and the first shots fired at Lexington in an engaging page-turner that brings to life our nation’s birth. 


YOUNG ADULT
Election 2020 Kids Booklist

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
Lynda Blackmon Lowery 
The youngest person at the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery tells her story. She shows how young adults can, indeed, be heroes. She describes her eleven arrests and jail sentences for peaceful protesting before age 15. Her memoir shows nonviolent action looks like, and how she felt while changing American history.


Find MP’s 2020 Election Kids’ Booklist (and many more related titles) at our local public libraries:

Pitkin County Public Library

Basalt Regional Library

Carbondale Branch Library

Glenwood Branch Library


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MP’s Diversity Booklist

About Kathryn Camp

MOUNTAIN PARENT Editor & Designer • Aspen lured Kathryn here in the 1990s when a road trip turned into a new way home. Her journey has taken her from writing to cheffing to teaching preschool, and finally back to her first love – words. When Kathryn is not at her desk with MOUNTAIN PARENT, she writes fiction and keeps bees. She stays on pace with her teenage children and husband Rich on bikes, skis, and snowboards, forever racing behind their beloved husky-coyote hound Zelda. They live in downtown Carbondale.