Favorite Read Alouds for Election Day

Election day read alouds for elementary teachers.

With Election Day right around the corner, I thought it would be an optimal time to gather a list of my favorite read alouds for Election Day. This list contains a few student favorites for this holiday. Even if it isn’t a presidential election year, Election Day in the classroom can still be engaging and fun. The list of books below is geared towards K-3rd grades. Here are seven book suggestions with affiliate links to Amazon.

Grace for President - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers- election day activities, election day reading, president activities

Election Day Read Aloud #1: 

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

What I love about this story: girl power, diversity, informational, strong illustrations

Synopsis: Grace wants to be the first female president after her teacher tells the class that America still hasn’t had a female president. Students will learn about the American democracy and election process, while also rooting for Grace throughout this book. (It even discusses electoral college votes, too, which is often not introduced in kid’s books!)

Monster Needs your Vote - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers.

Election Day Read Aloud #2: 

Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak

What I love about this story: illustrations, high interest, informational lessons on voting, rhymes and rhythm, shines importance on libraries and education

Synopsis: Monster wants to vote for a president, but is told he is too young. So instead, he decides he wants to run to become a president. He runs on several platforms, only to discover no one really wanted to vote for him. That is until he starts his library platform. He wants to keep the local library open. When he finally finds success, he learns he can’t run for president because he isn’t 35. HOWEVER, he is still told to be an advocate for what he believes in even though he is too young to vote and become president. I also really love the positive light the author shines on libraries and education!

My Teacher for President- Election Day Read Alouds and stories.

Election Day Read Aloud #3: 

My Teacher for President by Kay Winters

What I love about this story: letter writing and social studies integration, positive light on education

Synopsis: This book is written in the form of a letter. It’s all about a student writing about why their teacher would be a good president. This book does not show the election or voting process. However, it does focus on all the things that a president can do. The book puts a president’s jobs and tasks into students’ real-life connections by relating them to stuff the students see the teacher do every day.

Splat the Cat - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers- election day activities, election day reading, president activities

Election Day Read Aloud #4: 

Splat the Cat for President by J.E. Bright (based off the books by Rob Scotton)

What I love about this story: Splat series, light-hearted story about strong campaigns

Synopsis: Splat the Cat won the class president election. He began to promise unrealistic things to his classmates. His classmates all loved it, but his teacher didn’t quite agree. As Splat makes promises that aren’t best for the students and won’t help them in the long run, his teacher helps him learn the true tasks of a president. He discovers why it’s important to think about what is best for the students in the classroom.

If I Ran for President - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers- election day activities, election day reading, president activities

Election Day Read Aloud #5: 

If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier

What I love about this story: election focus, strong social studies lessons,

Synopsis: This story follows a few potential future presidents. They discuss what they would do if they ran for president, so the reader is getting a lot of information about how to run for president and what it takes to be the president. It follows several children (of different gender and races!) as they discuss these topics.

Duck for President - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers- election day activities, election day reading, president activities

Election Day Read Aloud #6: 

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin 

What I love about this story: familiar author, humor, strong illustrations

Synopsis: Duck and the animals at the farm are tired of their tough working conditions. So, Duck decides to run for office to control the farm. The farm animals register to vote and fill out their ballots to vote Duck into office. Then, Duck decides to work his way up the ladder from the governor to president. Duck learns at the end that running a country was no fun either, so he moves back to the farm for a new life.

If I Were President - Election Day Read Alouds and stories for elementary teachers- election day activities, election day reading, president activities

Election Day Read Aloud #7: 

If I Were President by Catherine Stier

What I love about this story: informational, diversity

Synopsis: This story is written in multiple children’s voices. All students wonder and dream what it would be like to be the president. While they’re dreaming up these scenarios, they are teaching the reader about presidential jobs and tasks.

Favorite Read Alouds for Election Day

Here are the quick links for all seven books!

 

And here are a few classroom resources that may also help you teach about Election Day, too! 

Election Day Craftivvity Flip Book for 1st and 2nd grade students.
November-themed paired passages for 2nd and 3rd graders.

Election Day Flip Book is a reading flip book with a nonfiction passage about Election Day. The flip book is for 1st and 2nd grade readers. November Paired Passages have five November themed story sets. Election Day is one of them! This is for 2nd and 3rd grade readers.

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