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Today on Election Day

Today on Election Day

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by Catherine Stier, David Leonard

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The school gym is a polling place and Bailey, Ren, David, Meg, Aiden, and Isabella know all about Election Day and voting! Bailey helped her Aunt Julia run for a seat on the city council. Aiden goes with his grandpa to vote. David's brother Jake will be voting for the first time. Meg talks about how years ago, some citizens were not permitted to vote. A perfect


The school gym is a polling place and Bailey, Ren, David, Meg, Aiden, and Isabella know all about Election Day and voting! Bailey helped her Aunt Julia run for a seat on the city council. Aiden goes with his grandpa to vote. David's brother Jake will be voting for the first time. Meg talks about how years ago, some citizens were not permitted to vote. A perfect picture book for future voters of America, Today on Election Day will simultaneously entertain and educate.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
In the month of November, general elections are held on the Tuesday after the first Monday. Learn general information about Election Day and what it means to vote. In addition, different characters in the story narrate and share their perspectives about Election Day. David tells how his older brother, Jake, is voting for the first time. David describes how Jake learns about the candidates and the ballot issues in preparation to vote on Election Day. Aidan narrates how he accompanies his grandfather to the polling place and watches his grandfather vote on the computer. Bailey tells how she helps her aunt who is campaigning for a seat on the city council. The illustrations help to determine who is narrating the story; in some parts of the story, the narrator is easier to determine. Some students may wish to probe deeper into the history of voting by researching the amendments and major people involved with the right to vote.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—This title shows children participating in the electoral process as "future voters" while their school is made into a polling location and their relatives participate as both new and veteran voters. Expressive watercolor sketches depicting cheerful students give the book flair. The text is readable and upbeat. Several students narrate, offering a brief history of voting rights, discussing what it means to be class president, and sharing stories about relatives who vote or run for office. The alternating narrators and the inclusion of a plethora of events make the text occasionally hard to follow. It is also printed in a small font size. Ultimately, though, this is a welcome purchase, especially in an election year.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, Hunterville, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A proudly buoyant tour of Election Day in the U.S.A. This spry salute to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November generates a significant amount of positive energy. Only through active engagement in the process--informing yourself, going to the polling station--will you be tapping into the possibilities of the system. Everything else is just so much hot air. Stier neither belabors nor stints on the text. There is a decent amount of information to be imparted, if only to acquaint readers with political parties, campaigns, Congress, the history of the vote, Constitutional amendments, debates and voting, and it is done in an easy, if modestly didactic voice. It has the genuine ring of smart young students giving the oral presentation of their civics projects, sweet and serious. Stier situates the activity around the children's school, and Leonard makes the most of the setting, giving it the warm, watercolor cast of a small town, yet modern in its computer voting machines. And all ages are involved, young to old, with the finger squarely placed on the importance of 18-year-olds assuming this mantle of importance. Future voters of the world, unite. The vote, Stier makes clear, is a great gift we have given ourselves. (Informational picture book. 6-9)

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
AD900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Today on Election Day

By Catherine Stier, David Leonard


Copyright © 2012 Catherine Stier
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-7626-6


Election Day truly is a special day in the United States. On Election Day, we vote to choose who will be the leaders of our state and country, and perhaps our city or town, too.

Elections for local offices may be held at different times of the year.

However, in 1845, Congress set a national Election Day for electing the president, vice president, and members of the US Congress. These elections are always in November, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of the month. Presidential elections are held in an even-numbered year, on this day, every four years.

In some years voters can choose a governor, the leader of their state. Some will choose members of Congress—senators or members of the House of Representatives. They may vote for city or county officers, or judges. They may also consider proposals for new rules or laws for their state, city, or county. US citizens are not required to vote, but it is an important right and responsibility. In most cases, as long as a person is a United States citizen, is at least eighteen years old, follows voter registration rules, and has not committed a serious crime, he or she may vote. How many years until you are eighteen? That's when you can join the citizens who shape the country—and the future—by voting!

The Fifteenth Amendment (1870) states that people of any race or color can vote (however, it was the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that finally ensured that these rights were protected). The Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granted women the right to vote.

Finally, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment (1971) set the minimum age for voting in all states at eighteen.

This is no ordinary day.

A star marks this date on the class calendar. Through the window, we see grown-ups coming and going to our school. Something important is happening today right here in our town, and all over the USA. Something so big, it will shape the future. It will go down in history.


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Meet the Author

Catherine Stier has worked as a professional writer for more than sixteen years and has published hundreds of articles and stories. She is the author of If I Were President, If I Ran for President, and The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club. She lives in Southwest Texas with her husband and two children.

David Leonard has illustrated many books for children, including How to Clean Your Room and Daddy's Home! He is also an experienced editorial illustrator, including work for Library Journal and Highlights for Children. He lives in West Orange, New Jersey.

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