Books, Kids

Books and Election Time! Part 1

October 12, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! Were you up listening and watching the debate last night? We were! Because Jose and I vote differently around here, we discuss child-friendly politics when the boys are present. I feel that in itself is a great message to send to our children. Couples and families should be able to have deep and enlightening discussions with opposing views and still live in harmony and love each other in the end.

Those awesome teachers at school must be discussing the election process as well because Diego is asking more and more questions about the presidential candidates. So Santi, Jordi and I took a trip to the library early this week to find books related to the election or anything to do with presidents for Diego. We checked out this fantastic picture book and a few others and I am now kicking off a mini-series of blog posts to share with you! I will also be adding helpful hints on what you can do with your elementary-age child during this political season.

Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton is funny and simple. It actually reminded us a lot of Mo Willems’ books that are quite popular with children today. This book is cute and  honest and represents both political parties fairly! We meet Donkey and Elephant  in their blue or red backgrounds. Both characters try to convince the reader, in the most politically correct manner, that they are the best candidate for the “job”. They try very hard to sell their ideas but quickly become distracted…

Then the mud-slinging begins. How life-like, no? Huge surprise ending (even for me) and THAT was the best part of the book. Wink wink.

Diego is only five and he won’t see another presidential election until he is nine. This type of book is an excellent way to talk to him lightly about what is about to happen nationally AND with the whole world watching in the next month. It is never to early to discuss voting and making informed decisions with your child and as you know…I believe you should let books help you help them!

Check this out at the library or order it ASAP!! I promise your kids will love it! Stay tuned for Books and Election Time Part 2!
Have a great weekend!

Your friend,


P.s. I haven’t asked you in a while… but do you think you can share this with that good friend of yours? You know, the one with the kids under the age of 8? Yeah, that one!!! Thanks!!! xoxo 🙂

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  • Reply Nina October 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    That book looks so cute! I admit I didn’t watch the debates, well maybe because I don’t have a TV haha! But I think I’m pretty set on whom I’m voting for. My husband and I vote very similarly and I can’t imagine having different political views from him, but I’m sure many couples have differing views, political or not.
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      Reply Betty October 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Nina! Yes, we have a lot of political differences but so many similar as well. I love that we can see eye-to-eye on somethings but remain our own person with our own separate passions. I also like that the boys have a great example on how to debate and to be able to discuss politics without going overboard.
      Ha! At least I hope he sees us being civil to each other! xoxo
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  • Reply Unknown Mami October 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation. I love what I see.
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