Reading Day: Grace for President

To celebrate Presidents Day and Women’s History Month, the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) wants kids to hear a great story that teaches an important lesson about leadership. To make sure that happens, CAWP is asking women lawmakers around the nation to read the story to girls and boys in their districts. With generous support from the Hess Foundation, we’ve sent a free copy to each woman in Congress, the woman serving in all state legislatures, and all six women governors! (Others can purchase copies here.)  After reading the story to children, the elected women will donate their copies to their school libraries.

Grace for President  tells about a girl who,  stunned to discover that all U.S. presidents have been men, decides to kick off her own political career by running for president of her class. She faces off against a popular boy and wins in a surprising way.

The lesson? That a woman – whether Grace or you – can run for office, win, and lead.

Grace for President, written by Kelly DiPucchio with illustrations by LeUyen Pham, also provides an introduction to the electoral college system, as Grace’s classmates are assigned to represent states with varied numbers of electoral votes.

Resources for Your Reading Day