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Grace Goes to Washington

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In this follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Grace for President, award-winning duo Kelly DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham present a fun, kid-friendly introduction to the branches of American government as well as the struggle and joys that comes with being a public servant.

"Who's in charge here?"

When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, sh
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Nicole M. Hewitt
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book provides a fun way for kids to learn about the three branches of government. Woodrow Wilson Elementary’s student council has to decide how to use the money from a bake sale, but they can’t seem to agree. Grace realized that the way the student council works is sort of like the three branches of government (with the student council itself like Congress). Grace doubts that the student council will ever be abl
Oct 21, 2019 added it
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This is a very Good Liberal understanding of politics/the role of government? Like, the kids shouldn't have to fight over the money from their bake sale to make sure their musical instruments, library books, and sports equipment are up to date. Say it with me: Government. Money. Should. Cover. That. (I know that it doesn't always/usually, realistically, but the book doesn't address that). And I can't feel good that they're choosing to use that money on a symbolic gesture instead? I love DiPucchi ...more
Danielle Hammelef
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent introduction to how the US government operates. The author has included a diverse cast of characters who use lessons from the studies and field trip to Washington D.C. to pitch their ideas for spending bake sale money. The message is heartwarming and the illustrations are delightful. The backmatter gives additional information and ideas of how kids can make their own communities better places to live.
Sallie Allen
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Grace Goes to Washington is a lively picture book that perfectly captures the beauty and power of a child's dreams for a better world. While learning about the branches of government in her class at school, Grace discovers a true passion for politics, fighting for underrepresented people, and for unity among her school. Between a field trip to Washington, DC, and serving on her school's student council, Grace learns how to exercise her voice to create positive change in her community. This reali ...more
Grace, leading the next generation with focus, grace, and humility, as usual. I'm going to be just like her when I "grow up." ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Today I read the upcoming Grace Goes to Washington, by Kelly DiPucchio and colorfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham. This title is due out September 3, 2019 from Disney-Hyperion and is another friendly and fun book about Grace and her adventures. (See also, Grace for President.)

As Grace’s class prepares for a field trip to Washington, DC, Mrs. Barrington prepares the children with a lesson about the three branches of government. She leads the learning about checks and balances, asking, “Who’s in ch
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Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. PICTURE BOOK. Disney, 2019. $18. 9781368024334



Grace is on the school leadership team, but she is upset when the group can’t agree on what they should spend their bake sale money on. After a trip to Washington DC and an encounter with a new student, Grace has a new idea for the money.

If you want to introduce your students to how democracy can look in their classroom, this
Baby Bookworm
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Hello friends, and happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we’re reviewing Grace Goes To Washington, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, the sequel to one of our all-time favorite titles, Grace For President.

The school trip to Washington, D.C. is coming up, and Grace – the aspiring government leader who already has a successful run for class president under her belt – could not be more excited. For now, however, she must work in congress with her fellow class repres
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you know Grace for President and Grace Goes to Washington? If not, then stick with me to hear all the reasons that you should, especially right now. Are you looking for books featuring strong female characters for Women's History Month? Yes, Grace is fictional but has such aspirations for our future! How about books to read with your children during election madness? DiPucchio has you covered! Need a refresher on how the electoral college, the branches of government, and checks and balances w ...more
Coming into a presidential election year, there is plenty going on in the news that young readers might be interested in learning more about. This cool picture book takes readers into Grace's school where her class is studying the branches of government in preparation for their field trip to Washington, D.C. At the same time, the student council of the school is having a hard time deciding what to do with the proceeds of their bake sale fundraising event. Readers will gain an understanding of th ...more
Christine Turner
When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Should they buy new sports equipment? Books for the library? The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Exploring government buildings and national monuments, Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday. But she and her classmates ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing continuation of this series! I really hope to see more! Grace and her class get to go to D.C. to tour the capital and learn about the three separate branches of the government. The author once again does an amazing job of sneaking tons of information into a quick-paced story. Grace and the other students on the council are trying to decide how to spend their newly acquired bake sale fund and can't agree. They use the inspiration from the capital to learn that all public servants ...more
This Teacher is Reading
This book is such a GREAT book for teaching the three branches of the government. Grace goes to Washington, sees the sights, and applies what she learned in student council. I love how the three branches of government were compared to the school council. It makes this sometimes tricky concept easy for students to understand. There is also a great message about friendship and building a kind community in this story. This book also features diverse characters, which is always great!

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Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grace learns about the three branches of government right before her trip to Washington, D.C. Inspired by the quote at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Grace introduces a new idea for spending the bake sale money to the student council right before they vote. The vote is unanimous and a friendship mall (from the Washington Mall) where people can go to help make friends is the winner. This is a good overview of the three branches of government, and the true point of leadership. Recommended f ...more
Kirsti Call
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
"We're calling it the Friendship Mall!" Thomas said proudly...."It's a place you can go at recess to let other students know when you need a friend...."

GRACE GOES TO WASHINGTON is the perfect companion to GRACE FOR PRESIDENT. Expressive illustrations combine with informative text to help kids learn more about the branches of government in a relatable way. Filled with quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. about kindness and how to make the world a better place, this is a great resource for homes and
Samantha Remley
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book was a great book. It was very different from other children's picture books because it was about the government. It talked about the different branches of the government and showed how students in a school ran for their schools campaign. This is a great book to introduce the subject of the government to students because it really helps students understand the process of the electoral system. I think this is a great book to have in a classroom library for grades K-3rd. I am so glad I fo ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book shows character diversity by having students, teachers, and the principal being depicted from different ethnic backgrounds. As well, throughout the story, children learn about different branches of the government, even stating that anyone can be president - whether they are a man or a woman. At the back of the book, there is an explanation of exactly what each branch of government is and what they do. In addition, there is a list of ways children can get involved in making a difference in t ...more
Bethany M. Edwards
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sequel to GRACE FOR PRESIDENT is worth every minute of the wait.

Thus sequel is just as gorgeous, informative, and delightful as the first. You won’t be disappointed. Teachers/librarians, grab this mentor text for your classroom library ASAP.

GRACE GOES TO WASHINGTON should be THE go to for the upcoming election year to teach, inspire, and give hope to young readers as well as the adults.
Melissa Nikohl
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My fav, Grace and her classmates are heading to Washington D.C. for a field trip! But, before they leave, there is a dispute on how to spend the school’s fundraiser money.

Grace and her friends find out that they’ll have to give up some of their wants in order to help others.

I love how Kelly DiPucchio infuses social studies in these books! If you’re looking for a fun way to teach the three branches of government, you need this book!
Brenda Kahn
Terrific picture book that helps young readers understand the three branches of government by comparing them to the way decisions might be made in a school. Energetic, even exuberant illustrations. Suggestions at the end to encourage youth citizenship and activism.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nice lesson on the branches of government and parallel SGA. Students at my school don’t even know what SGA stands for, so this will be helpful on several levels. Art is fantastic and story is clear and makes sense-don’t have to withhold your disbelief.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Star rating: 3
Copyright date: 2019
Genre: historical fiction
theme: history, government, school
I liked that this book shows how the US government works but also plays it into a version that children can understand. I would use this in a history classroom.
Dwan Dawson-Tape
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations full of life back up an interesting story about leadership, citizenship and compassion. I'd love to see this in school libraries!! ...more
Pam  Page
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Great way for children to learn about the branches of government!
We need these kids to head to Washington...
Come together, right now! Grace to the rescue! Loved this sequel.
Syntha Green
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot to squeeze into one picture book, but I appreciated the civics lesson and the ultimate messages of inclusion and accessible activism.
Michelle Gray
This would be a great read aloud in an elementary classroom who is just starting to study Government.
Edward Sullivan
Grace learns about the three branches of government.
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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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