What You Need to Know:|
• If I Ran for President is a non-fiction book that walks children through the electoral process.
• Stier does a great job of taking something so complicated, and breaking it down to a digestible explanation.
• While this informational book is written very simply, the electoral process is anything but simple, therefore it would
not be appropriate for a young audience.
• It would work particularly well for an older child or class in need of a simple, but comprehensive explanation of our
democratic election process.
If I Ran For President is an informative, straightforward look at the election process from the point of view of the candidate. In it, the author, Catherine Stier, explains the process from the decision to become a candidate to the inauguration. Along the way she describes terms and ideas like delegates, caucuses, the party system, and many more. I especially like the multicultural aspect of the illustrations/depictions of the candidates. Lynn Avril, the illustrator, changes the likenesses and ethnicities of the example candidates on every page, thus creating a rainbow of diverse nominees.
2008, 24 pages
Government, Reference, Non-Fiction