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The Ballot Box Battle, by Emily Arnold McCully
Ages 5-8
Caldecott medallist Emily Arnold McCully creates an inspiring fictional story of Cordelia, a young girl whose relationship with her neighbor, the great suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, inspires her to a remarkable act of courage. Dragonfly Books, 1998.

The Day Gogo Went to Vote, by Elinor Batezat Sisulu
Ages 4-8
In this Parents' Choice Gold Award winner Thembi accompanies her hundred-year-old grandmother to the polling place in the first election in which black South Africans are allowed to vote. Her grandmother is infirm and housebound, but her determination and a little help from her community enable for to vote for the first time in her life. Megan Tingley, 1999.

Get Real #6: Girl Reporter Rocks Polls, by Linda Ellerbee
Ages 9-12
Why do popular kids always get elected? What would it take to make students care about their vote? In the latest Let's Get Real serial from award-winning journalist Linda Ellerbee, Casey Smith is trying to add a little substance to the Trumbull Middle School student council elections. Avon, 2000.

Granddaddy's Gift, by Magaree King Mitchell
Ages 5-9
This book explains the complex social and political conditions of the pre-civil rights American South in a way that children can understand. A young African-American woman recalls her grandfather's courage and wisdom in a memorable event from her Mississippi childhood in the 1960s when he risked his safety to register to vote. Awarded the International Reading Association Teacher's Choice Award. Troll Communications, 1998.

Presidential Elections: And Other Cool Facts, by Sylvan A. Sobel, illustrated by Jill Wood.
Ages 7-12
An informative and fun-to-read book that outlines the legal requirements for electing a president. Kids learn about practices for voter eligibility, the Electoral College, and campaigning, in addition to fascinating facts about presidents, vice presidents, and elections. Barron's Educational Series, 2001.

The Voice of the People, by Betsey C. and Guilio Maestro
Ages 6 and up
Curious about how our leaders, from local mayors to U.S. President and Supreme Court Justices, go about getting their jobs, and what are their jobs? Explore what good citizens need to know about the workings of American democracy in this primer that includes anecdotes and images to lend enjoyment and understanding to this broad subject. HarperTrophy, 1998.

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