What's the big deal about elections

by Shamir, Ruby,

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Summary
Did you know that Election Day is on Tuesday because that was the best day for farmers to vote? Or that George Washington was our only elected president who ran unopposed? Or that Native Americans were only given the right to vote in 1924? It's all true!

We hear a lot about political campaigns on the news, but there's tons to know about elections beyond the politics of each race. Who gets to vote? Who gets to run? What do elected officials do once they're in office--and what do candidates do if they lose? Why do people fight so hard for the right to vote? In this kid-friendly, fact-filled book, young readers will find out how Americans choose their leaders, local and federal, and why elections should matter to them, even if they can't vote (yet)!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Shamir begins with interesting snippets about why federal elections are held on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then moves on to issues such as who can vote and how you run for office, as well the bigger questions, including the roles of government and elections. The format paragraphs of information surrounded by boxed sidebars and large, enthusiastic, sometimes amusing watercolors encourages readers through the weeds of the electoral process. Occasionally, this concentrated design is problematic. For instance, a section about why elections should matter to kids opens with an African American boy surrounded by a group of intimidating white men, while the text says children protested for the rights of their parents and grandparents to participate in voting, unintentionally implying adults (of all colors) were not protesting as well. The book touches on some of today's issues, like DACA (though not by name) and the safety of elections. This latest entry into the What's the Big Deal about . . . series is an upbeat discussion starter.--Ilene Cooper Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Elections -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Voting -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Suffrage -- United States -- Juvenile literature.
Elections -- United States.
Voting -- United States.
Suffrage -- United States.
Instructional and educational works.
Publisher New York, NY :[2018]
Other Titles Elections
Contributors Faulkner, Matt, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8; Grades 4 to 6.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781524738075
1524738077
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