The Little Book of Presidential Elections

Publishing Power. Sept. 2020. 39p. pap. $11.89. ISBN 9781735113067.
K-Gr 2–This book aims to teach children election-related concepts and provide information about the election process. The text features simple illustrations and boldface words to highlight essential vocabulary. Topics such as the Electoral College and “Who is the public?” are explained on a basic level. The authors try to introduce relevant ideas including democracy and suffrage but do not provide in-depth information. For example, the text states, “Today, anyone who is a citizen over the age of eighteen can vote.” However, it doesn’t unpack what it means to be a citizen or the challenges faced by disenfranchised communities. The book also tries (and fails) to describe how the Electoral College works. It asks many important questions, but the lack of clarity can lead to confusion and gaps in understanding. Additionally, the illustrations leave much to be desired. They support the text on the page but lack equal, nuanced representation of race and culture. The majority of the illustrations depict white children, white families, and white men. One positive aspect of this title is the statement, “Having a difference of opinion is okay.”
VERDICT Those seeking nonfiction, election-themed books for young children will have to look elsewhere.

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