Written by: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by: LeUyen Pham
Follow Grace's journey as she tries to become the first female president of the United States, starting by winning her school's presidential election. Start by talking to your child about the cover and what s/he expects to find in the story. Ask questions like:
What do you notice on the front cover?
Do you think Grace will become president?
Who do you think all of those people behind Grace are?
Activate Prior Knowledge
Talk to your child about what s/he knows about the presidency and what it takes to become president. Ask questions like:
Who is our current president?
What does a person have to do to become president?
Do you think being president is an easy or hard job? Why?
As You Read
Use the illustrations to help guide your discussion about the story. In the picture where Mrs. Barrington and Mr. Waller are standing in front of the map, see if you can find the state you live in on the map. If so, talk about how many electoral votes your state has and if that is more or less than the states surrounding yours. Also encourage your child to make predictions throughout the story, like who Sam from Wyoming will vote for in the final election.
There are many political terms in this story that your child may not understand. Attempt to explain these concepts to your child in a way that s/he will understand. For example, when the "candidates" are talking to their "constituents", say something along the lines of "This is when the candidates, Grace and Thomas, talk to the students that are trying to get to vote for them, their constituents." More examples of new words in Grace for President include:
Summarize and Interpret
Discuss the story and what your child learned from it with questions like:
Would you want to be president of the United States? Why or why not?
Why did Grace want to be president?
Why was she the best person for the job? Why or why not?
What is happening in the last illustration?
If you were running for class president, how would you get people to vote for you?
Activity: Start a Campaign!
Help your child come up with his/her own slogan for a presidential election. Then talk to your family members (constituents) about the things that they care about and take notes. Create a poster with your child's slogan and interests and learn how many electoral votes your child's state has. You can also take this opportunity to learn more about your state: its nickname, state flower, and bird. For older children, you can try this activity that walks you and your child through a day in the life of a president.
Check This Out
Listen to this song to learn the names of the presidents of the United States. Be sure to remind your child that there is one more president that has been elected since this song was written, Barack Obama!