Stephen Davies

Children's author writing picture books, chapter books and YA novels. Lived in West Africa for thirteen years amongst Fulani cattle herders. Now shivering back home in London. Up until now all my books have been set in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.

Children’s books about elections – Kindle ebooks

by Stephen Davies

Political elections are tricky subjects for children’s fiction, and need to be written with a light hand. With the American 2012 Presidential Race now upon us, here are three recommendations for children’s adventure books which deal with election shenanigans. The links here are for Kindle ebooks, but paperbacks are also available – just follow the Paperback link from the product description page.

I have to declare an interest – the third book in this list is mine. To my knowledge, Sophie and the Pancake Plot is the only election-themed children’s adventure story not set in the US. Please correct me in the comments section if this is not the case – or if you have written an election story for kids, feel free to plug it in the comments.

1. Election Day by Margaret McNamara

Election DayToday is election day in Mrs. Connor’s class. The students will listen to speeches and vote for a new class president. Today is also Becky’s first day at Robin Hill School. She thinks she would make a great class president, but she’s new and has no friends yet. When Becky takes a chance and makes a speech, the whole class is surprised by the winner!

Ages 4+

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2. The Election-Day Disaster by Ron Roy

The Election Day Disaster kindle editionKC and her best friend wake up to a trick not a treat the morning after the White House Halloween costume party. With the presidential election only a week away, someone has posted damaging photos of the president on the Internet, photos that were digitally doctored! Will they ruin Thornton’s chances for a second term? Or can KC and Marshall rescue the election?

Ages 6+

3. Sophie and the Pancake Plot by Stephen Davies

Sophie and the Pancake Plot kindle editionElection day is just around the corner and Sophie’s best friend Gidaado is working for Presidential candidate General Crepe-Sombo. But Sophie discovers that the famous General is not at all the kind, peaceful man he pretends to be. To expose the villain before he becomes President, Sophie will need a dog whistle, a carnivorous plant and an albino camel as fast as the harmattan wind.

(Ages 7+)

Published: September 8, 2012 | Filed Under: Book reviews, Kindle, Reviews, US Election | Tags: : : : : : : : :

2 Responses to “Children’s books about elections – Kindle ebooks”

  1. Mirka Breen says:

    Very timely, and indeed, a hard topic for kid-lit. Thanks for the post. It made me realize that *I hadn’t thought about this, and, well, I should have!
    *{Not a politician, but a parent}

  2. Thanks for commenting, Mirka – glad you found the post worthwhile. My own daughter is only 2, so she isn’t really taking an interest in the election! But I do think books like these are a good way of helping children to understand the whole election concept.

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