As part of the Reading Together Family Exploration Book Club’s Modern U.S. topic, I’m sharing my review today of Grace for President, the selected picture book. We will be discussing this book on Facebook all week.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
Where are the girls? When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the best man for the job–and seems to have captured all the male votes–while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.
This book is extremely pertinent this election season with Hillary Clinton running for president. Grace Campbell is astonished to learn that there has never been a woman president, and she is determined to become president…of her school at least. She runs again Thomas Cobb, spelling bee champ, star soccer player, and science whiz.
Grace and Thomas each come up with slogans, campaign with the students (although Grace spends more time on this), and give speeches. The teachers assign every other student a state and their number of electoral votes.
I love how this book simplifies the election process in a way that kids can understand. As a feminist, I love Grace’s tenacity and determination to right this injustice she’s encountered. It’s a fun book with great educational value. I read it with my son last year, and I’m excited to read it with him again this week.
My Rating: 4 stars
On the blog last year…