Kid Governor® Library

As an additional resource for our participating teachers and students, we’ve assembled the following list of books to help you take your Kid Governor® experience to the next level. The Kid Governor® Library features books about civics, government and voting that will enable you to connect Kid Governor lessons with your English Language Arts curriculum. We’ve also included books that our current Kid Governors and our staff enjoy! Share your classes’ favorite books, or other books that you use to teach civics and voting,  with us on social media or by emailing us at

Click here to learn about the students who have campaigned on Children’s Literacy during their state’s Kid Governor statewide elections!

Pippin and the Super Kind Friends Club
by 2018 Oregon’s Kid Governor Dom Peters, Illustrated by Anna Barnes

As a part of 2018 ORKG Dom Peter’s Anti-Bullying platform, he wanted to write a book to inspire students to be kind to each other. Follow Pippin the Puppy as he journeys through some difficult circumstances, overcomes them, and turns his bad day into something good!

Book Style: Picture Book
Great for reading as a class or independently! 

E is for Election Day
by Gloria Gavris, Illustrated by Shawn McCann

E is for Election Day is an engaging A-to-Z look at the election process in the United States. From “A is for American Elections” to “Z is for Zig Zag”, Gloria Gavris walks students through each part of what it takes to vote in an election and run for office.

Book Style: Picture Book
Age Range: Grades 2-5
Lexile Measure: AD890L
Great for reading as a class!

by Eileen Christelow

Vote! takes students through the election process during a town’s mayoral election. Christelow uses her book to go through the voting process, campaigning and volunteering, and even how recounts work. The book includes a timeline of the history of voting in the U.S., a glossary, and other resources.

Book Style: Picture Book
Age Range: Grades 2-4
Lexile Measure: 420L
Great for reading as a class!

Class President 
by Johanna Hurwitz and Sheila Hamanaka

Julio puts aside his own ambition to be class president to help a friend with his campaign. Throughout the story, Julio shows his own leadership qualities by helping others, speaking up, and asking questions. In the end, it is these qualities that get him elected to be class president!


Book Style: Chapter Book
Age Range: Grades 3-5
Lexile Measure: 650L
Great for independent reading!

The Class Election from the Black Lagoon
by Mike Thaler, Illustrated by Jared Lee

Mrs. Green announced that they are having a class election and everyone must run for something. Hubie doesn’t want to run for anything but decides to run for class president against Doris, even though he doesn’t think he can win. Follow Hubie as he stands for something and does some unusual things to become class president.

Book Style: Chapter Book
Age Range: Grades 2-5
Lexile Measure: 560L
Great for independent reading!

D is for Democracy
by Elissa Grodin, Illustrated by Victor Juhasz

Grodin takes readers through the history and basic components of what a democracy is through her citizen’s alphabet.


Book Style: Picture Book
Age Range: Grades 3-4
Lexile Measure: 1020
Great for reading as a class!

How Do We Elect Our Leaders?
by William David Thomas

Readers go through how the president, members of Congress, and state/local officials are elected and the importance of voting.

Book Style: Chapter Book
Age Range: Grades 3-6
Lexile MeasureL 750L
Great for independent reading!

Today on Election Day
by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by David Leonard

Students learn about Election Day as they go to the school gym and see it transformed into a polling place. The characters learn about voting from their relatives who are range from first time voters to volunteers.

Book Style: Picture Book
Age Range: Grades 1-4
Lexile Measure: AD900L
Great for reading as a class!

Running for Public Office
by Sarah De Capua

Students learn about what they need to do to run for public office. From making the decision to run to raising money, all the way to winning the election. Students gain insight into the entire campaigning process.

Book Style: Chapter Book
Age Range: Grades 3-5
Lexile Measure: 860L
Great for independent reading!

The Voice of the People: American Democracy in Action 
by Betsy Maestro, Illustrated by Giulio Maestro

The Voice of the People walks students through an American election, some of the country’s founding documents, and how our democracy works. The book examines how politicians get their jobs, from local to federal elections.


Book Style: Picture Book
Age Range: Grades 3-5
Great for reading as a class!

These books are some of the favorites of our Kid Governors.

CTKG Ella’s Pick

You Know Me Well
by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

NHKG Lola’s Pick

The Last Holiday Concert
by Andrew Clements

ORKG Erikka’s Pick

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

These books were selected by the Kid Governor Staff members and represent their favorite books from when they were in 5th grade.

Brian, Head of Kid Governor

The Boxcar Children (series)
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Sally, Kid Governor

Meet George Washington
by Joan Heilbroner

Jacob, Connecticut’s Kid Governor

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean George

Samantha, Connecticut’s Kid Governor

City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau

Nicole, Connecticut’s Kid Governor

Butter Battle Book
by Dr. Seuss

Rebecca, Connecticut’s Kid Governor

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
by E.L. Konigsburg

Luane, New Hampshire’s Kid Governor

by R.J. Palacio

Mary Beth, Oregon’s Kid Governor

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Martha, New Hampshire’s Kid Governor

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett