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As the country prepares to usher in a new president we have collected a varied collection of books to help explain government and change to children of all ages. Every family is unique and RIF aims to provide books that will help all types of the conversations that will be held in individual households. 

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

by National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance

Conceived and co-created by the National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance, this outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a look at America’s history through the prism of the White House.


Democracy’s Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013

Democracy’s Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013

by Jim Bendat

Democracy's Big Day tells stories about the outgoing and incoming presidents who did not get along, the chief justices who improperly administered the presidential oath, the vice president who showed up to the ceremony drunk, and the nine occasions in which the United States had an unplanned and unanticipated inauguration--often for a nation in mourning. Democracy's Big Day presents a comprehensive history of presidential inaugurations--from George Washington through Barack Obama.


Vote

Vote

by Eileen Christelow

We may think of elections as only presidential, but local elections are held nearly every year! A town elects a mayor and everybody gets involved in the process, including the candidates’ pets. The book covers all the ins and outs of the electoral process – with humor and levity.


A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution

A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution

by Betsy Maestro, illus by Giulio Maestro

With accurate historical information, this easy-to-understand book tells why and how the Constitution of the United States was created. A More Perfect Union includes a map and back matter with a table of dates and a summary of the Articles of the Constitution.


Duck for President

Duck for President

by Doreen Cronin, illus by Betsy Lewin

From running a farm to running a country, it’s all tiresome work for one ambitious Duck.


So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President?

by Judith St. George, illus by David Small

Presidential hobbies, sports, virtues, and vices all get a tongue-in-cheek airing, perfectly matched by Small's political-cartoon style of caricature painting. It's fun, but the underlying purpose is clearly serious: to remind kids that the American presidents have been a motley group of individuals, not a row of marble busts.


If I Were President

If I Were President

by Catherine Stier, illus by Diane DiSalvo-Ryan

A multicultural cast of children imagines what is would be like to be president. A simple explanation of the diverse duties of the president of the United States. Beginning with campaign speeches and posters, six children of varied racial backgrounds take turns posing as the president while providing information about the rewards and responsibilities of the position.


Marching with Aunt Susan

Marching with Aunt Susan

by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illus by Stacey Schuett

It’s 1896, and women in America don’t have the right to vote in elections. Follow along with one brave young girl as she fights for equal rights with her friends, family, and Susan B. Anthony.


Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom

Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom

by Steven Sellers Lapham and Eugene Walton, illus by R. Gregory Christie

A talented artisan, Philip Reid solves the problem of how to take apart the Statue of Freedom so that it can be cast in bronze and put on top of our nation’s Capital dome.