Illustrations by Lynne Avril
November means elections, but kids may wonder--just how do you get to the White House? Follow along as multicultural classmates take turns imagining each step of a presidential campaign. Ben (who resembles a young Obama) announces his candidacy and loves his workers, T-shirts, and bumper stickers. Ellie enters the New Hampshire primary and speaks at her convention, while Sam debates issues on television (his baby picture makes Cool People magazine). Serious Claire flies to meet voters, but finds it’s hard to smile when she’s stuffed with unfamiliar food; Marco votes for his favorite candidate (himself) and watches election returns with his parents. Proud to have run, African-American Ashley plans to congratulate the winner, but when electoral votes are counted, might she be the new President? Avril’s stylish illustrations, using lots of red, white, and blue, highlight the intense activity and add lively details. For future voters trying to understand campaigning, this book’s a winner, too!
2007, Ages 6 to 9
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.