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Grace for President

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,680 ratings  ·  501 reviews
A fresh, fun, and "thought-provoking" New York Times bestseller about the American electoral college and why every vote counts from bestselling and award-winning duo Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham.

"Where are the girls?"

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides she wants to be the nation's first and immediately ju
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Grace for President is a charming book relevant this year about class elections which teaches kids how the electoral college works. We have gotten this many times. The story is about a girl named Grace who innocently asks her teacher why there have never been any female presidents. This spurs her teacher to have a grade-wide class election with Grace as one candidate and a boy named Thomas as the other candidate. The rest of the students each represent a state and their electoral votes and natur ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, aoc
This is an infuriating little picture book, and let me tell you why I'm saying that instead of 'cute,' like all the other reviews.

In class Grace notices all the presidents are men, so she decides she wants to be president when she grows up. Women deserve to be president too. The class laughs at her, but her teacher doesn't. Instead, her teacher decides that this is a great learning opportunity, and she'll set up a mock election with another class. But who should she run up against? A white boy
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm finding it surprisingly challenging to find good picture books about the election process for my children, ages 7 and 4 (if you know any, please shout out in the comments!) This book has a lot going for it, though I do have a few quibbles.


Grace is an outgoing, strong, intelligent kid who also happens to be a person of color and a female. Love her initiative in wanting to become president of her class -- and, eventually, President of the United States.

Story does a decent job of explain
Elizabeth S
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-picture, e-short
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
This is a really cute and inspiring book for children, but I feel it may go over their heads once the electoral college is brought in.

I think Grace was a cute character and she really showed how putting in the effort to get to know the voters was more important than just assuming people will vote for you. I also really liked how the book started off with a simple question: "Where are the girls?" The illustrations were beautiful and I really liked how you could almost imagine yourself as Grace a
Carolyn Hembree
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating this based sheerly on my child's response. Kid's books except for one or two make me want to dig a grave in the backyard and climb in. Anyhow, this one my kid sleeps with. Nice dramatic tension at the end (no spoilers), and there's some teaching on electoral college and that. Plus, it's a book on a girl noticing that, you know, the world is a boy's playground and that shit should change. Grace pretty much rules. So, it's a go for the kid. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I still remember the day I got this book. I was in the third grade and I was moving away. The librarian at school gave me this as I was leaving the library on my last day. I loved the gesture and although I didn't really care much for the book then, I've grown to love it. It makes me smile every time I open the cover. Thank you, Mr. Segovia, both for the book and for helping make the library one of my favorite places. ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-h-books
Superb and inspirational! This book taught me that, although we have never had a woman president, if you are a girl who just tries really hard and is very qualified you can win and that will all be fixed! Huzzah! Don't know why it made my mom do her nose-wrinkle frowny face. -M ...more
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Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
In your dreams, kid!
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lily
I really enjoyed this book. Probably more than my toddler. This book definitely seems to be aimed towards older kids.

This book is educational, and even explains voting, plus the electoral college. It doesn’t go into too much detail, but just scratches the surface for kids to start learning these things.

I also, love that Grace is a girl and person of color. I love the representation in this book, and try to read plenty of books with kids of different races and backgrounds, so that my daughter se
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grace for President explains the election process in easy to understand terms. This book would be a great title to add to a president, or election book bundle.
Christina Finn
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My niece asked me to read this. Very informative for children learning about elections.
Julie Hafner
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-538
Cast my vote for Grace for president! "Where are the girls?" Grace asked after seeing all of the men presidents. This inspires Grace to become the first Female president. Her first step is to win the election at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. This book teaches about campaigns, elections and the electoral college, a confusing topic even for adults. Through Grace, DiPucchio provides lessons in dedication, hard work and leadership. ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is always a favorite with my daughter.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So glad I have this book in my classroom for my students to read!
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Engaging and covers the electoral college. By far the best children's book regarding election we've read. ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
You Go Girl! I loved the way how girls are making the world a better place by coming forward and taking challenges with a huge smile.
Emily Drake
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title: Grace for President
Author: Kelly Dipucchio
Illustrator: Leuyen Pham
GR Level: L
Lexile: 570
Grade Level: 2nd and up
Publisher: Disney- Hyperion
Date: 2012
Genre: Hybrid
Pages: 40

When Grace learns that there has never been a female president, she promises to one day change that and become the President of the United States. Her teacher takes her promise seriously and decides to prepare her by having a school election. Grace runs for president against one other boy in the school. Th
Grace's teacher hangs up a poster of all the US Presidents. Grace is shocked and dismayed that there are NO women. She decides to be president. Her teacher decides the school will hold an election. Grace is up against Thomas Cobb. She finds out what the students want. Both candidates make posters. Grace gives speeches. Grace begins working to improve the school. On election day, each student represents a state and gets to cast their electoral college votes. With only one state left to cast its v ...more
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
Beverly Hendricks
Text-to-Teaching Connection

Grace For President is a great book. Grace looks at a poster on the wall at school with pictures of the presidents of the United States. She asks her teacher, "where are the girls?" Grace is amazed when her teacher tells her, there has never been a woman president in the United States. Grace quickly decides she wants to be president. Her teacher decides to have a school election and they can vote for president of the school. This book teaches many lessons for children
Amy Rae
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably most useful in a classroom, where teachers can help kids process all the info DiPucchio brings up about the electoral college. However, the surrounding story is genuinely sweet and very relatable--as a little girl, I remember asking in Sunday school if there had ever been any popes who were women, and the response I got disappointed me. Grace's drive and determination o correct a gender imbalance in another kind of election--and her ultimate reward, on the page after the end of the pros ...more
Gotta love Grace, who, upon seeing a poster of all the U.S. presidents cries, "Where are the GIRLS?" The classroom conversation that follows leads her to declare her candidacy for school president ... and maybe even U.S. president one day.
This book introduces the basics of elections, from campaigns to the electoral college, and provides a great example of questioning and changing the status quo.
Helen | readwithneleh
Inspiring book to show girls that they can dream big and become the POTUS one day. I also appreciated that this book covers the electoral college and how it works. I do wish that this book showed both sides either shaking hands or congratulating each other at the end. We need to show kids that integrity exists and should be at the forefront in politics.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
After seeing that all the presidents had been male, Grace decides a girl can be president too and runs for class president. She and her opponent, Thomas, hang posters, have debates, and do everything candidates do for an election. The teacher had each classmate be a state. Their vote counted for all of that state's electoral votes.

A fun book, but also a great read for introducing the electoral college to young readers.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace For President is about a girl who notices that in the past we have had no female presidents. She thinks that this is a problem and wants to become the next president so, for school, the teacher lets Grace and a boy named Thomas to go against each other. The boy thinks that he is going to win because the boys have more electoral votes, but the illustrator foreshadows that one of the boys is listening to Grace more than he is listening to Thomas's speech. This boy is the deciding vote, so as ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this in the kids' dentist office this morning. Does a great job of demonstrating (and later explaining, in an Author's Note) the electoral college. ...more
Laura Anderson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books, wish-list
“Where are the GIRLS?” Grace asks after learning about the presidents in history class. Taking place at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, this story follows the life and trials of Grace Campbell, a sweet but spunky African-American girl who is determined to run for president. It's easy, she thinks, until she finds out she's running against the most popular boy at school.

One word: RELATABLE! Other than the fact that this was a NY Best Seller, this multi-genre book celebrates everything you love
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Summer Reading Day 82: Hey everyone! In the spirit of Women’s Equality Day, today we read Grace For President, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. In it, a little girl named Grace learns that there has never been a woman president, and decides that she will run for president someday. Her teacher decides to put together an election for class president, and Grace finds that
Tracy Faulkner
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was great to read during the presidential election. It explained the election process so children will get an understanding. I really loved that the little girl looked like a lot of girls that I had in my classroom. This book would probably let them know that a women/girl could one day be president of the United States.
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Kelly is the award-winning author of several children’s books, thousands of To-Do lists, and a few recipe cards. Two of her books, Grace For President and The Sandwich Swap, were New York Times bestsellers.

Like most kids who grew up in the 1970’s, Kelly had a pet goat and bought all her clothes from the Sears catalog. Like most teenagers who grew up in the 1980’s, Kelly had really big glasses and

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