Teachers as Readers


New York State Reading Association Teachers as Readers:  Elections

September 23, 2016, Albany, NY

Hosted by Karen Brungard & Pauline Rasbeck, Central New York Reading Council, and Mary Miller, New York News Publishers Association


New York State Teaching Standards

Element II.2: Teachers understand how to connect concepts across disciplines, and engage learners in critical and innovative thinking and collaborative problem-solving related to real world contexts.

Element II.6: Teachers evaluate and utilize curricular materials and other appropriate resources to promote student success in meeting learning goals.


Mary Miller will demonstrate how newspapers can support literacy and social studies instruction about elections.  Following her introduction, Karen Brungard and Pauline Rasbeck will facilitate participant discussion about additional texts that will support these goals. 

Election resources below and attached.


Books about Voting and Elections:

The Class Election from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler   Scholastic 2003

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin   illus. Betsy Lewin Simon & Schuster Books for young readers      2004

E is for Election Day by Gloria M. Gavris     Checkers Books 2015

Kid Presidents by David Stabler   Quirk Books 2011

Madam President by Lane Smith   Hyperion Books2008

Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells Scholastic 2008

President Elections and other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel, J.D. Barron’s 2016

President Squid by Aaron Reynolds Chronicle Books 2016

So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George         Philomel Pub 2012

Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier       Albert Whitman Pub.2012

Voting and Elections (Ethics of Politics) by Michael Burgan   Heinemann Library 2013

Participants’s books about elections


The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully  

Robin Hill School: Election Day by Margaret McNamera 

My Teacher for President by Kay Winters and Denise Brunkus See How They Run by Susan E. Goodman  

Class President by Johanna Hurwitz  

The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Elinor Batezat Sisulu 

The Kid Who Ran For President by Dan Gutman 

Nate to the Rescue!  by Deborah Newton Chocolate and Wade Hudson

Additional books added at the TAR meeting:

Splat the Cat by Scotton    

 Pete for President by Daisy Alberto  

Arthur Meets the President by Brown     

Election Day by Rissman   

Mama Went To Jail for the Vote by Karr    

 Vote by Christelow

Madam President by Thimmesh    

P Is For President by Lewison

Curious About the Whitehouse by Waters     

One Vote, Two Vote, I Vote by Worth    

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffratists, A Kitten, and 10,000 Miles by Rockliff                     

Larue Letters from the Campaign Trail for Mayor by Mark Teague