Grace For President!
It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
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This book is one of my new favorites. It was given to me by one of my favorite people (thanks Mom!) and features one of my favorite illustrators (definitely seek out more of LeUyen Pham's work - it's phenomenal) and the story - well, it's just so fitting right now. Grace is trying to figure out why there haven't been any girl presidents and decides to run herself. She soon figures out that becoming president isn't so easy. The actual story itself is wonderful and adults will recognize more subtle messaging about what is and isn't valued in a presidential race. The book also teaches kids about the election process - the electoral college and how it works. A valuable lesson for all Americans (and anyone else who is interested!).
The fact that Grace happens to be a Black female is never mentioned overtly, but it is right there for kiddos to see. It can spark some fantastic discussion and if your kids are old enough to understand the current presidential race, there's a lot of comparing and contrasting that can probably be done. If you want to talk to your kids about politics, but are not sure how to start, this book is a great jumping off point.
So check out the video and then print out the page below for a quick list of potential questions and comments you can ask your kids as you're reading the book together. There's also a link to buy it - which I highly recommend.
What do you think of Grace being a Black girl who wants to run for president? How does that change the story? Do you and your kids think she is the best person for the job? Why or why not? How will you use this book to talk about the presidential race, the presidency, and/or politics with your kids? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
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10/1/2016 10:31:17 am
Grace for President is one of my all time favorites! I am always at how shocked young girls are that there have been no female presidents. Very empowering!
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