Are your kids wondering why you’re tearing your hair out on Election Day? They may be too young to understand the complexities of our current divided political climate, but it’s never too early to teach your little ones about voting. It’s important for them to understand — in kid-friendly terms — why adults are voting right now. Our go-to for teaching kids anything we can’t figure out how to explain? Books, of course!
Instead of waiting to discuss the importance of being a politically active citizen when they’re almost of voting age, parents can introduce children to how our head-scratching political system operates now — and why no person’s voice should ever go unheard or be restricted from voting.
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to our country’s election system (it’s hard enough for adults to follow), but covering the basics now can help your kid become an informed voter down the road. And what better way to get in some voting 101 lessons than with inspiring and powerful books they’ll love reading?
From Curious George to the Cat in the Hat, here are thoughtful and cute kids books about politics that future voters can easily digest. And while we have you, please vote like your life depends on it!
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A version of this article was originally published October 17, 2020.