On Tuesday, January 20th, 2021 a new president was sworn into office. Regardless of which political party you associate with or how you felt about the election, the swearing in of a new president is a momentous occasion that is steeped in tradition. Millions of people around the world tuned in just as they have for each inauguration before it. This year in particular was especially noteworthy as for the first time in American history we will now have a woman as Vice President. While many other countries have already shattered this glass ceiling, the US tends to be a bit slower in breaking down these walls, so this was a day to celebrate indeed. Millions of little girls could now look at the television and dream about one day standing up on that podium and doing the same. If you happen to have one of those little girls dreaming of becoming Vice President or President of the United States, then keep on reading! We have found the best children’s books to learn about the US government and the history that brought us to where we are today.
Citizen Baby: My Vote
By: Megan E. Bryant & Daniel Prosterman
An adorable and colorfully illustrated board book that will take even the youngest of readers through the many facets of voting. From the meeting of the candidates all the way to election day, this book will get children excited about the voting process and how they can be a part of it!
While the voting age may still be 18, it is never too early to teach kids about their duty to vote. Getting kids engaged early on will help to keep them interested in what they can do to help make changes as they get older. This book is the perfect starting point for that!
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V is for Voting
By: Kate Farrell
Another great book that also introduces young children to topics such as civil rights and activism. The book goes through the alphabet with an important issue for each letter and teaches them that although we are all different, we are all important. Diversity is the strength within in our country and this book helps to broach that subject while also being easy for kids to understand.
Great for all ages, V is for Voting is also great as kids start to get older and have questions about the country’s current issues and how they can be a part of the greater good. This book helps to give parents the starting point and then they are able to extend the conversation into longer talks depending on the child’s age.
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The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence
By: Judith St George
Best for older children, this educational book will tell the story of how the Declaration of Independence came to be and the many journeys it took throughout history. The very backbone of the US, the Declaration of Independence is an important document that brought freedom to the American people and will forever be a part of the American culture.
If you are looking for a fun book to teach your child a part of American history, this is a must read! Who knows, you may just learn something as well!
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If I Were President
By: Catherine Stier
One of the great things about this book is all of the multicultural children they have within it. The perfect book for the times, this helps children learn about what it means to be President of the United States and the responsibilities that the office holds. With our first ever female Vice President this book is sure to inspire many little girls around the country and have them dreaming of one day also holding the highest office!
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It can sometimes be daunting to teach children about politics, especially into today’s world. We found these to be some of the best children’s books to let kids learn about the US government. The US may not be as old as a lot of countries, but it is rich in history and has quite an exciting past. These books help to encourage kids to learn about that past and also how to be a part of its future.
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