If I Ran for President

If I Ran for President

If I Ran for President

If I Ran for President


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Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts! If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also 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. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results—will you be the next president of the United States?

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807535448
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 01/01/2007
Series: Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback Ser.
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 137,547
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: NC910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Catherine Stier is the author of more than twenty children's books including the Science Makes it Work picture book series and the Kirkus star-reviewed A Dog's Day chapter book series. She holds a master’s degree in reading and literacy and has served as a magazine writer, newspaper columnist, and writing instructor. Stier resides in San Antonio, Texas.

After years of freelancing as a graphic artist, Lynne Avril fell into illustrating children's books…and has done more than sixty-five, including The Wagons Ho! and If I Ran for President.

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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!


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