Reading Day: Grace for President

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) wants kids to hear a great story that teaches an important lesson about civics and leadership. We also want to make women’s public leadership visible to the next generation. To accomplish those goals, CAWP is asking women lawmakers around the nation to read Grace for President to girls and boys in their districts. With generous support from the Hess Foundation, the Honorable Constance Hess Williams, and Comcast NBCUniversal, we’ve sent a copy of the book to each woman in Congress, every woman statewide elected executive, and all the women serving in state legislatures around the country! (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