A Presidential Inauguration only comes around once or twice a decade, and it’s a time to celebrate the democratic process that our country was founded on. This January 20th, 2021 marks a historic day for our country. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female, first Black, and first Indian Americans vice president of the United States.
It’s never too early to understand and appreciate the meaning of democracy, and luckily there are a ton of books out there for kids of all ages to begin grasping the importance of this important day. Below are some of our recommendations — we hope that you and your family can enjoy them together!
#1 “Champ and Major: First Dogs” by Joy McCullough
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is not the only one making history on January 20th. Meet Major, one of President-elect Biden’s adorable dogs. Major will be the first shelter dog to live in the White House. Follow Major and Biden’s other pup, Champ in this children’s picture book as these two First Dogs make their way to their new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
#2 “Superheroes Are Everywhere” by Kamala Harris
Read Vice-President elect Kamala Harris’s picture book, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to be a superhero and make the world a better place is inside all of us. This book comes with the incredible art by Mechal Renee Roe and includes a guide for kids on how to be a superhero. It’s the perfect book to learn more about our vice president with an empowering message.
#3 “What is the President’s Job?” By Allison Singer
What does the president do in a day? Read along with your kids to teach them about the executive branch of government and what a day in the life of the commander-in-chief is really like. This book will teach kids political vocabulary while helping to build on reading skills. Perfect for 5 to 7 year olds.
#4 “Citizen Baby: My President” by Megan E. Bryant and Daniel Prosterman
Set your little ones on the path to becoming great citizens from day one. This installment of the Citizen Baby series, recommended for children up to age 3, tackles the ins and outs of the presidency in easy-to-understand terms: What’s a day in the White House like? And more…
#5 “Who is Kamala Harris?” by Kirsten Anderson
Have a child who’s curious about the news? This book is ideal for kids from 8 to 12 years old, who are beginning to develop an initial understanding of important American history. The engaging story catalogs Kamala Harris’ rise to vice president and looks at her history of fighting for women’s rights — making it important for girls and boys to read, alike.
#6 “Where Do Presidents Come From?” by Michael Townsend
This comic book puts a fun, cheeky spin on the themes present in other books on this list. Ideal for kids ages 8 to 12, it’s full of weird, interesting facts about former presidents, along with important info about all of the powers of the office. Get this for your kiddo that needs something especially engaging to capture their attention! You won’t be disappointed.
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