Picks and Pans Review: For Kids: Election-Year Picks

updated 10/20/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/20/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

• Capitalize on the excitement of this year's presidential race by adding some politics to your children's book pile.

MY DAD, JOHN McCAIN by Meghan McCain

An adoring portrait of a war-hero dad by the Republican blogger and would-be First Daughter. Dan Andreasen's burnished artwork telegraphs "antique" or "experienced"—you decide. (Ages 4-8)

FIRST KIDS by Noah McCullough
The author of this engaging miscellany is only 13 but has a keen eye for facts that will fascinate his peers. (Who knew the Bush twins' puppy peed in the Oval Office?) (Ages 9-12)

SEE HOW THEY RUN by Susan E. Goodman
How can a candidate get the most votes but lose the election? What's a hanging chad? These and other mysteries of the political process cheekily explained here. (Ages 9-12)

YES WE CAN by Garen Thomas
Released when Obama and Clinton were still vying for the Democratic nomination, this bio for middle schoolers can't provide all the latest, but it's a smoothly written account of the candidate's life up to almost-now. (Ages 9-12)

OUR WHITE HOUSE created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance Want something nonpartisan? 108 authors and illustrators offer up poems, stories and paintings of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and its residents since 1797. (Ages 9-12)

MORE WAYS TO INVOLVE THE YOUNGER SET
• Visit takeyourkids2vote.org for games, fun facts and links to other child-friendly political sites.
• Take your kids to the voting booth on Nov. 4.
• Read Mr. President by George Sullivan, but you'll have to wait: Only one of these covers will make it into stores.

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