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Top Twos-Day: Explaining Elections

August 7, 2012

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Since politics is on many minds, and children are asking questions, I found two books that may suit all parties to explain the process to these tender minds. Notice there are no splashes of red or blue ink…just saying ;) 


Election Day by Lynn Peppas (Crabtree Publishing, 2010) is a great tool for ages 5 – 8.


Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts (3rd edition) by Syl Sobel (Barron’s Educational Series, 2012) is a wonderful resource for ages 7 – 12.


Short and sweet this week, I hope you find them useful!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2012 8:27 pm

    Hard to find balanced resources this year. Like Linda M. above says, maybe rediscover the excitement about the process with these. (Worn down – make it stop! – make the election just go away…..just gaggging. Oh, sorry – lost the magic for a minute.)
    Great find.

    • August 9, 2012 1:00 am

      So right, Phil, it would be nice if everyone just took a step back and thought about the process…gosh what a long way we’ve come, eh?

  2. August 8, 2012 12:41 pm

    Good point. Besides, it’s good to teach them about the process and what is going on rather than a parent’s preferences/attitudes.

    • August 9, 2012 12:58 am

      Isn’t that the TRUTH Frank! yes, I think it is vital for kids now to have info to discern their own opinions:)

      • August 9, 2012 1:09 am

        Unfortunately, most of the time (IMO) the kids spout off what the parents tell them.

        • August 9, 2012 1:18 am

          you’re right Frank! many times kids just spout off what they hear peers or parents saying…maybe this post will give one person, one thought, an individual idea…I can hope, right?:)

  3. August 8, 2012 8:20 am

    Reblogged this on Romeo Sank.

  4. August 8, 2012 2:52 am

    Thank you Roxie, I’ve recently been answering a few questions re:politics asked by children. These books sound wonderful. When the questions are things like. What’s wrong with the president we have? or How do we really know if the one we pick will be a good one? It get’s pretty interesting. As the ages are between 10 & 12 will check out the second one for sure, again thanks!:)

    • August 9, 2012 12:57 am

      Hey Penny! Oh I love that the kids are asking Q’s…expecially such innocent and refreshing ones! Shows they aren’t tainted and biased by others’ views, good for you!:)

      • August 9, 2012 1:02 am

        Ah but you didn’t hear my answers!:) Just joking. I take democracy extremely seriously and don’t forget for a moment that with democracy comes responsible from it’s citizens. Of which is lacking somewhat today so it is critical that those growing up recognize the political structure that keeps our country free. Oops, got on my soapbox, sorry!

        • August 9, 2012 1:14 am

          very glad you got on your soapbox, Penny! you’re so right, democracy is serious and I wish everyone took it seriously instead of just mouthing what their peers or parents say…yeah, my soapbox, LOL…thanks for hanging around, girl! you add a lot to the conversation:)

  5. August 8, 2012 1:26 am

    Good shares, Roxie!

    • August 8, 2012 1:35 am

      thanks Hook! glad you stopped by, love the company:)

  6. August 7, 2012 10:30 pm

    There should be more books along this line.

    • August 8, 2012 12:53 am

      I agree, hmmm, writers out there take NOTE! thanks Yordie!

  7. August 7, 2012 5:40 pm

    Thanks for this! I have two young nephews I’d like to introduce these to.

    • August 8, 2012 12:52 am

      oh I’m so glad! SCB, would love to hear if they enjoyed them😉

  8. August 7, 2012 5:20 pm

    Maybe even we older folks could make more sense of it, if we read the “kids” books.


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