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Bedtime Read–A Vote is a Powerful Thing

Looking for something to read with your kiddos around voting or Election Day? I’ve got a great recently released book for you.

A Vote is a Powerful Thing, written by Catherine Stier and illustrated by Courtney Dawson is a great bedtime read for kids about the power of democracy. In Ms. Trask’s class, she’s teaching her students about how important voting is and has created a project for students to help get students invested in the act. Thanks to one of Ms. Trask’s students, our main character Callie, she and another student create campaigns to convince students to vote for the field trip of their choice.

Callie is particularly invested because her grandma is trying to save the same wilderness park that Callie is campaigning for. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but I will say both campaigns work hard to get their classmates to pick their choice.

The thing I really appreciated about this book was what I felt was a different type of campaign that the students ran. Usually in children’s books the students are running for class president, which is a cool idea, but in my own elementary education as both a child and teacher, I’ve never had a class president. As a result, I found those books to be a little less relatable. Voting for a field trip though? That I could see happening, which makes it that much better to connect with its readers. There’s even a couple of pages of information about voting at the end, including a timeline of voting rights in the United States. It was a winning bedtime read for us!

So if you want to introduce your kids to how democracy works, A Vote is a Powerful Thing by Catherine Stier and illustrated by Courtney Dawson is the way to go.

*I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This title was released on September 1, 2020 and can be purchased wherever books are sold.

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Hurry, its time to vote!

This week is the last week for your child to vote in the Children’s Choice Book Awards! According to their website, “The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens. Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the awards provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them.”

Now I’ll be honest, I think about this about this award in regards to students at school, but I’ve never thought about voting for this award in regards to my own child.  However, one morning this week, my daughter and I were listening to the “Absolutely Mindy” show on Kids Place Live and they did a short book talk about one of the award’s nominees, Noodlehead Nightmares. When I mentioned to my daughter that I was ordering this book for students at school because of the nomination, she got real excited and a lightbulb went off in my head. Why wasn’t I setting my own kids up for this fun? Why haven’t we looked for these books at the bookstore or the library? Shoot, why am I not talking about this with other people who are #RaisingReaders on my blog? Why am I slacking on this? So, I told her I would show her what all the nominations were and we would go from there.

We haven’t read most of the books, and voting ends this week. However, our plan is to look at the books we have read and decide which one we want to vote for. I would suggest that you go to this website with your child to see which of the books you and your children have read (they have categories up to 6th grade), and then depending on how many you guys have read, decide which one you want to win and go vote! Voting is really easy, and as a plus, they will feel really excited about having their voice heard.