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Grace for President

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,103 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Where are the girls? When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the best man for the job--and seems to have captur ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2007)
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Brittany Clark
Grace For President is a fictional story about a little girl named Grace, who- upon learning that there has never been a female president, decides to run for school office. Her opponent is a little boy who markets himself as the "Best Man For The Job". Despite his popularity, and the fact that many boys in her school plan to vote for him, Grace focuses on working hard and being a good person. In the end, Grace wins the election and proves that girls can be the president too! This story is suitab ...more
Grace For President by Kelly Dipucchio (Author), Leuyen Pham (Illustrator) Hyperion Book CH (February 26, 2008) Grades K-5

"'Where are the girls?' When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the "best man for the job"--and seems to have capt
Elizabeth S
The book starts with the question, "Where are the girls?" In other words, why are there no girls as president in the history of the USA? When the other kid running for president turned out to be a white boy, I was worried that the book would end up being about voting for someone because he or she is the "right" race or gender. But race wasn't even mentioned.

What is mentioned are the electoral votes and how the electoral college works. Some of the kids vote based on staying true to their own gen
Kara Roberts
"Where are the girls?"

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the "best man for the job"—and seems to have captured all the male votes—while Grace concentrates on being the best person.

In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not on
I've wavering back and forth on whether to give this book three or four stars. I liked it; I gave it three stars because it is primarily a "lesson book"--using a story to explain a lesson, which is just not my favorite kind of story. However, it does do its lesson better than any book on this subject--the electoral college--better than any children's book I can think of at the moment. It neatly explains why there is so much talk about certain states during a presidential election. Of course, my ...more
Grace is surprised that a woman has never been president and she is determined to change that fact. An inspiring picture book that is also informative with a straightforward description of the electoral process.
So glad I have this book in my classroom for my students to read!
Caroline Petty
This book is so fun and very useful for teaching about politics, particularly, the electoral college. It's interesting pictures and dialogue really get kids excited about the spirit of an election. This could even be turned into an actual class assignment where the students recreate the election that is described in the story or perhaps a writing assignment that allows them to think about what presidential traits that they have. It turns the complexity of the electoral college into a very simple ...more
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Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (contemporary realistic fiction)
Grace found out that there was never a female president so she decided to run for president. She decides that she wants to run, against Thomas Cobbs! I loved Grace’s character in this story because it motivates females to be whoever they want to be in this world. This is a fabulous book that can be used as a primer for educating children about how elections work in our country. I use this book to teach the kids about presiden
Avery Schlosser
Grace for President
Avery Schlosser

In the book Grace for President, the author Kelly DiPucchio teaches readers the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought through her main character Grace Campbell. In the beginning of the book, Grace is astonished to learn that there have been no female presidents. She tells her teacher that she wants to run in her schools election and that she is determined to be the first female president. Her teacher and one other teacher from her grade decide to
Kristin J.
Grace for President is a truly inspiring book for children of all ages. When Grace Campbell learns that there are no women presidents, she decides to stand up and make a difference by running for class president. At first, she thought it would be an easy task; however, when it was declared that Thomas Cobb would be running against her, Grace knew running for president would not be easy. She listened to the students, making a bunch of campaign promises that she worked on even before being elected ...more
Anna Summers
In the book, Grace for President, the main character, Grace, is appalled when she finds out that there has never been a female United States President before. She decides to run for school president of her elementary school, Woodrow Wilson Elementary. Her opponent is a boy from another class, and he is thought to be the “best man for the job”. Grace wins the election with 270 electoral votes, and proves that girls can be presidents! Although this book is fiction, it contains a lot factual inform ...more
Not only is it upbeat, it has adorable pictures and does a very good job at simplifying and explaining the election process. Also, a young girl wants to be president and gets elected by her peers–what's not to like? It shows Grace as not just making promises, but actually making steps towards fulfilling them. I know in real life that's not always so simple with the opposition getting in the way, or realizing the problem was not what was initially thought and another solution is necessary. But I ...more
Jul 22, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 2nd grade and up
I really like LeUyen Pham's illustrations in general, and this is also a very timely book! Grace's class learns about the presidents, but she is shocked to note "Where are the GIRLS?", spurring a school election in which Grace competes for votes against classmate Thomas Cobb, "The Best MAN for the Job." The multicultural cast of kids is adorable, and the lesson on the workings of the electoral college is much-needed (we could all use a simple breakdown of this process -- especially now!).
Fantastic book - all of the kids I read it to seemed to feel involved i the outcome of the story and got excited (or disappointed) at the end. Great!
#WNDB Grace for President is a wonderful book that teaches kids about the electoral process in a fun way. In the story, Grace discovers that there are no women president and decides to run for president. She then learns how much work is involved in running for office. Grace does a great job in coming up with a campaign slogan, listening to student issues, making a list of campaign promises, creating buttons and posters, meeting with constituents, etc. As the story is read, readers get to follow ...more
Nani Yanagi
This book is mainly about a young black girl who is shocked to find out in school that there was never a female president in the United States. With passion and dedication, she decided to run for class president. Grace was able to defeat the odds when she ran against a typical white boy who was said to win the election without even trying. I chose this as my anchor book because I thought that it demonstrated a strong female at such a young age. Although her accomplishment was small, she stood up ...more
Sarah George
A young girl named Grace was appalled when her teacher informed her that there have been NO GIRL PRESIDENTS! She decides that she wants to run, against Thomas Cobbs! It is a great instructional book on how the legislative system works, and what electoral votes are. During the end - as you would expect - boys vote for boys, and girls vote for girls. That is until the state of Wisconsin decides equality is important above all else, and declares that Grace is the best person for the job! This book ...more
Grades: 1st-6st
Great book to incorporate during election time! It gives a general overview on how elections work and incorporates important aspects such electoral votes, campaigning, etc. Moreover, in the bigger picture, women's role in today's society is also addressed. At first it seemed as though there was an agenda to advocate for the first woman president; however, after reading, it is clear that wasn't necessarily the purpose of the text. Students recognize that Grace is in fact a woman ru
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 12th, 2014

Author: Kelly DiPucchio; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Title: Grace for President

Plot: Grace Campbell isn't your average schoolgirl. After questioning the lack of female presidents in her nation's history, Grace decides that she is running for president at her school. At first, no one seems to be interested in running against Grace for President, until Thomas Cobb, a school talent in winning spelling bees, science fairs, and soccer games decides that he is the perfect man fo
Molly Darr
Feb 22, 2011 Molly Darr added it
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Grace for President captures politics for students of young ages. It brings the large scope of government into a story in which young people can relate to. This story is powerful and inspiring.
This is always a favorite with my daughter.
Ally Copper
“Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio is about a young student named Grace Campbell who wonders why a woman has never been president of the United States. To correct that oversight Grace decides she will someday be president. At first her classmates laugh, but as Grace runs a competitive and effective campaign for class president, they come to believe she may one day be able to be seated in the Oval Office. This book gives readers a fun and informative explanation of the Electoral College. It ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teachers working on elections, November Readalouds, Future Class Presidents
Recommended to Jess by: Monarch
Wait? What do mean there's never been a girl president? Yep, Grace is on it.

Entertaining for a story including electoral college details. Not boring, although there are a few pages where it's all about getting the facts across. Every tried explaining the electoral college to 2nd graders? Exactly.

This is definitely one that'll find more love from teachers. That said, Grace is likable and worthy of being class president, the story maintains tension, and the kids were quieter than I expected during
I really enjoyed this book! It is a great book to read to a class around election times. It helps students understand what the basics of what elections are, in a simple way that they can understand, and relate to. I also think the illustrations are great. I would reccommend this book to a teacher to read to a class of 2nd or 3rd graders around election time.

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DiPucchio and Pham are game gals. Explaining the electoral system to adults isn’t easy, but they make it understandable to kid
We talk a lot about publishing books and films with strong female protagonists (and feminist themes) for the sake of our daughters. But how about publishing these works for the sake of our sons as well? Often portrayals of female heroes create a more masculine-than-thou figure, with the woman and/or girl out performing their male cast members in exhibiting “masculine traits” more successfully than anyone else and therefore they are a most powerful and enviable figure. The situation mimics those ...more
In her classroom, Grace sees a poster of all the presidents of the United States and realizes not one of them is a woman. Grace announces to her class that she would like to be president of the United States. Her teacher suggests an election at Woodrow Wilson elementary school. No one else in the class wants to be president, which leads Grace to believe that becoming president will be easy. The next day, though, Grace’s teacher announces that another class has also nominated a candidate to run i ...more
Book Title: Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Short Description of the Book: While learning about US Presidents, Grace is shocked that none are female. She decides to become president. The school has an election between Grace and Thomas. She wins and realizes hard work pays off when you do not quit on your dreams.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson:
1) Character analysis: The focus is Grace and her actions. She undergoes an array of emotions. The text shows how she felt be
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Mini Lesson-Information Text
Summary-Grace learns there has never been a woman president before and is inspired to run in her own school election.
Connection-(A good time to work with this book would be during election time real or school based)
Discuss elections and brainstorm what students know about them. Tell students today we will be working on informational texts and learning about using descriptive writing.
Teach-Read Grace For President. Reflect on the story by having students
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