From campaigns to voting booths, from local elections to national races, this fun and fact-filled book--now in chapter book format!--celebrates the fundamental American idea that "we the people" get to decide who runs the show. A perfect way to start a conversation about American elections with young readers.
Did you know that we have more than ninety thousand state and local governments in the US? Or that Election Day celebrations two hundred years ago featured marching bands and bonfires? How about that George Washington was our only president who ran unopposed?
Elections allow adult citizens the chance to choose how our cities, states, and country are run. Even kids who can't vote yet can make their voices heard by helping the candidates they like get votes! Our elections can seem complicated, but at their core they're all about having a say in our own lives and future. In this fun and fact-filled chapter book, readers learn just how important being an active participant in our democracy can be through one simple message: Elections matter, and we can all play our part.
This entertaining, fact-filled book, perfect for fans of the Who Was series, is a great way to talk about American elections and the fact that we all have a voice and a role to play.
With full-color illustrations throughout and a timeline of American voting rights expansions and additional reading resources at the end, this book is a perfect introduction to the story of elections in America.
About the Author
Ruby Shamir (www.rubyshamir.com) worked at the White House in the Clinton administration for three and a half years, for two of which she served in the First Lady's office, and she also led Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate office. Now she's an award-winning children's book author and literary researcher in the Bronx, New York, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of the What's the Big Deal About . . . series. Follow Ruby on Twitter @ruby_shamir.
Matt Faulkner (www.mattfaulkner.com) is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator with forty books to his credit. He is married to author and children's librarian, Kris Remenar, and they live with their two kids and two cats in the lower right hand corner of Michigan. Follow him on Twitter @MattFaulkner1.
Praise for What's the Big Deal About Elections:
"An informative introduction to the importance of voting, and a great choice for group reading choice before election season." --School Library Journal
"An empowering choice." --Kirkus Reviews
"This latest entry into the What's the Big Deal about . . . series is an upbeat discussion starter." --Booklist