Title: Grace for President
Author: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Year: 2012 (originally published in 2008)
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 4.6
Concepts: jobs, public service, allocation
Review: Elementary school student Grace Campbell has brains, a delightful personality, and a sincere desire to make things better for people around her. She also knows how to dream big, and when she learns at school that the United States has never had a female president before, Grace decides then and there that she would like to become President. Not one to discourage her students, the teacher immediately suggests a school election to start the process, and Grace soon discovers that she has an opponent: Thomas Cobb. Will her clever campaign strategy and her do-good personality help to overcome the fact that the boy students, who represent states with slightly more electoral votes than the states represented by the girls, tend to favor Thomas?
This clever book does an excellent job in introducing to children an intuitive lesson in how the Electoral College system operates for electing the U.S. president, and how votes are allocated across states. This lesson is wrapped up in an exciting plotline, a spunky lead character, and bold, engaging illustrations. Grace for President is a valuable addition to any collection of children’s books that rank highly in both content and appeal.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children