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If I Ran for President

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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. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Benjamin Miller
I read If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier, which is a contemporary realistic fiction picture book. This book is about explaining how the Presidential election works in a story about how these children would accomplish that. The first page explains the basics about the election. Then the book explains if you want to be president, first you have to run a campaign. Then win the primaries and caucuses in the states that choose the delegates that go to the national convention for the party tha...more
Melanie Johnson
If I Ran for President is a non-fiction book that walks children through the electoral process. It is an informative and a straightforward book that looks at the election process from the point of view of the candidate. As well as the explanation of the process from the decision to become a candidate to the inauguration. Along the way the book describes the terms and ideas of a delegates, caucuses,and the party system which are the democratic and republican. This is first time that I have come a...more
Tyffani Mine
This fictional narrative is about six multicultural students and their ideas about the process of running for president. While imagining what it would be like to run for president they explain the steps to take like public speeches, campaigning, advertisements, and debates. The events of the story are narrated through each child’s perspective but reveals informative and factual information about presidential duties and the election process.As a teacher, I would use this book for older aged stude...more
Christian Houseworth
This is a great book that integrates social studies and literature. This book would be a great book to use when teaching students the importance of elections, voting, president’s day, etc. This book explains the whole process one would go through if they wanted to become a president. This book makes the teaching of the election process of running for the president of the U.S easier and more appropriate for younger students. This book also displays children from different cultural and ethnic back...more
Sade Nobels
Nov 07, 2012 Sade Nobels marked it as to-read
Teaching the election process for the United States can be such a daunting task! All of the complex terms and concepts can make it difficult for students to care or even understand how the elections work in the United States. Catherine Stier recognizes the difficulty educators have with this subject, especially with those in the middle school level, and has created a picture book that will capture the attention of these students. With the inclusion of students of varying races running for presid...more
Mary Ann
What would it be like to run for president? I enjoyed sharing this book with students, helping them imagine what it would be like to be a candidate. The pictures show all sorts of kids asking questions like, "Am I the best person for the job? Am I ready to work VERY, VERY, VERY hard for my country? Do lots of people believe in me, and will they help me run for office?” My students appreciated Avril's multicultural cast of kids. Stier writes in a fun, personal way while integrating some key elect...more
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Shelves: kids-fiction, civics
Presidential election, campaign
Kathryn Sublett
Teachers could use this book to introduce persuasive writing. The students would write a piece to persuade voters to elect them for president. Learning how to write a persuasive paper in this way gives students real scenarios in which persuasion is necessary. This activity would be appropriate for students in third grade.
A kid friendly view of what it means to run for president, vote for president, conduct a campaign, and become president. If I Ran for President will get kids thinking about the duties and jobs the president has.

Used for "Who is Our President and What Does He Do All Day?" storytime-February, 2010.
Sq.Hill Library
Really well written introduction to the election process for preschool through kindergarten. Talks about debates, caucuses and primaries, conventions, the election, and the inauguration. This needs to go on our list of books to buy early this year so that we have it for the summer and fall.
This book does a great job of explaining the process of becoming the president at a level kids can understand. It explains a lot, but isn't so long that you can't read it in one sitting. My 4th graders really enjoyed it.
Sandy Brehl
Story suits even young audiences, but the content could serve well through middle school for vocabulary development, political processes, and as a conversation starter, especially during the election season.
Mary Isho
This book is great when introducing the election process. It gives students an idea of what a president does and they could think of what they would do if they were president.
Sarah Beck
Very informational, might be more information than every child needs to know. Interesting book could be used usefully but also informative in an interesting way.
This was on our fall Scholastic Book Fair and that was perfect timing. I was able to use the book with students as we studied the election process.
Kelsey Bates
Covers all of the basics of running for president.
Good book to read about elections/presidency.
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