VOTING DAY: Selected YA reads.

With election season in full swing, the topic of voting has been on many people’s minds. The following YA books are all new in 2020 & touch on elections, campaigning, canvassing, and civic engagement!

Running by Natalia Sylvester, 2020.
Mariana Ruiz’s dad is a senator, now running for the highest office in the land. She knows her dad will be a great president, but with a whole new level of scrutiny facing her family, Mari can’t help but question the views she never knew her father had.  She also can’t help but wonder if she should get involved and lend her voice to a cause she believes in- even when that means disagreeing with her dad publicly.
An authentic story about standing up for yourself and your beliefs.

Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed. 2020.
Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman find themselves thrown together by their mothers as volunteers to canvas (i.e. go door to door) on behalf of a state senate candidate. As the summer goes on and the polls get closer, Jamie and Maya find themselves growing closer too- in spite of Maya’s strict no-dating rule.

Drawing the Vote by Tommy Jenkins. 2020.
This rousing graphic novel guides readers through the process and history of voting in the United states. It highlights key events from the earliest days of the country, such as the Boston Tea Party, through the women’s suffrage movement, and even up to current voting issues such as voter intimidation and gerrymandering. Drawing the Vote is a worthy read for anyone wondering how we arrived at our current political system.

Most Likely by Sarah Watson. 2020.
Four friends, four futures. Amongst these four girls is a future POTUS. Exactly which girl is destined for the Oval Office is a mystery for the reader to puzzle out through the course of the novel.
Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have known each other since kindergarten. Now in their senior year of high school they’re each facing obstacles to their dreams. Ava is looking to attend art school against her family’s wishes, CJ can’t seem to improve her SAT scores, Jordan is looking for the perfect story to jumpstart her career as a journalist, and Martha is struggling to find a way to pay for college. The power of their friendship propels them through this crucial year, and prepares one for the presidency.

The Voting Booth. Colbert, Brandy. 2020.
Marva has been waiting to cast her first vote in an election for what feels like forever; Duke just wants to get voting over with so he can focus on his band’s first gig that night. When Duke is turned away from their polling place, Marva steps in, determined to make sure his vote is counted.
Told over the course of a single whirlwind-day, through various precincts and polling stations (and including a mission to find a missing cat) it quickly becomes clear that their shared dedication to democracy is just the beginning of their connection.

You Say It First by Katie Cotugno. 2020.
Meg’s life is picture perfect on the surface; involved at school and already accepted into Cornell; she works part-time for a non-profit, registering people to vote.  By chance she is connected with Colby, a teen living in small town Ohio. They don’t hit it off right away, but their challenging conversations spur both of them to consider other points of view.