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If I Ran for President

If I Ran for President

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by Catherine Stier, Lynne Avril (Illustrator), Lynne Avril (Illustrator)

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If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television.


If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television.

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"This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value."

School Library Journal

"Children will come away with a better understanding of the complex election-process, and, just maybe, an enduring respect for it."


"This is a campaign to yearn for, all issues and not a spin doctor in sight."

Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Lilliam Oliva Collmann
As the presidential elections approach in the United States, this timely book invites the child to imagine himself or herself as a presidential candidate. It is the job of leading the country, and he or she must consider if they are ready to tackle it. Step-by-step, the child follows his peers (girls and boys of multi-ethnic backgrounds) from the moment they make their announcement to run, to campaigns, participation in primaries, debates with other presidential contenders, party conventions, and Election Day. It provides succinct explanations of the voting process, the popular vote versus the electoral vote, and political parties. The book provides a child's view of the hard work involved in campaigning and debating key issues, but also the fun of meeting people from all over the United States. The imaginative and informative illustrations complement the straightforward narrative. This book would make an excellent contribution to a social studies class leading to further discussion of the democratic process. Reviewer: Lilliam Oliva Collmann
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3
This title is a step above the usual election books, both in content and entertainment value. Six children take turns explaining the election process as if they were running for president. They discuss their decision to run, campaigning, primaries and conventions, debating, being interviewed, meeting the public, voting, and being sworn in on Inauguration Day. Stier does a good job of explaining election details, both in an introductory note about electoral votes and in the text itself. The fact that one must be 35 years of age is only mentioned in the note. The author adds flavor by providing humorous examples, such as the need to smile despite indigestion. However, the multiple narrators can be confusing. One must rely on the illustrations to know which child is speaking, and sometimes it is not apparent at first glance. The lively cartoons cheerfully clarify the action and reinforce the concepts. Libraries will want to consider this kid-friendly title.
—Barbara KatzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
No scandal mongering or shady PACs weasel their way into Stier's bright-eyed story of running for the office of president. This will be an innocent and charmingly earnest race with lots of different kids tossing their hats into the ring. (Forget for the moment that candidates must be at least 35 years old, one of the bevy of facts presented at the outset.) Stier follows the candidates, and Avril draws them in all their crayon guilelessness, as they brood over entering the race, move from caucus to convention, ponder their positions and spread their wares before the public. Whiners need not apply, as Stier lets it be known that getting your message across is a long, tough job. But the story is refreshing, too; no one is pandering or posturing. Honesty is a virtue here, as is being concerned and well-scrubbed. This is a campaign to yearn for, all issues and not a spin doctor in sight. It's enough to make you consider lowering the age requirement by about 30 years. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.32(d)
NC910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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If I Ran For President

By Catherine Stier, Lynne Avril


Copyright © 2007 Catherine Stier
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-7621-1


It's fun to imagine running for the highest office in the land—and maybe becoming president of the United States of America. After all, the president is famous, makes lots of important decisions, and lives in a really cool mansion.

There are rules written in our Constitution about who can be president. A person must be thirty-five years old, so a kid really couldn't be president. Also, a person running for president must be a citizen who was born in the United States and has lived here for at least fourteen years. That's it! You can be president if you are a man or a woman. You can be president whether your parents were born in the United States or anywhere else in the world.

When citizens vote in November every four years, they are not voting directly for president and vice-president even though they mark their candidates' names on the ballot. They are voting for a group of people from their state called electors. In December, the electors cast their states' official votes (called electoral votes) for president and vice-president. The formal announcement of the winners is not until January, but usually it's clear on election night in November who has won.

Each elector votes for the candidates who won the people's vote (called the popular vote) in his or her state. Each state has a set number of electors, equal to the number of its senators and representatives in Congress. Altogether, there are 538 electors (including 3 for Washington, D.C., although it is not a state). When a candidate has received 270 electoral votes, he or she has won the presidential or vice-presidential election. This complicated system, which we call the electoral college, is outlined in the Constitution.

Running for president is surely an exhausting but exciting time for a candidate. And who knows? Perhaps someday you will "toss your hat in the ring" to run for president of the United States of America!


Excerpted from If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier, Lynne Avril. Copyright © 2007 Catherine Stier. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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If I Ran for President 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for teaching jobs the President does to children. I bought this book to read to my 2nd graders. It has a little too much information in, so I just summarize some of the pages. This would be great for 3rd-5th grade during election time or Presidents' Day.
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grabielita More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to teach young kids about the voting process in a fun way.