Ellie Levenson has published (I think) the first book for young children on General Elections. And it's brilliant!
The Election was crowdfunded by a Kickstarter and Ellie got the idea for the book, after her daughter started asking her questions during last year's local elections.
The book tells the story of young Alex. His parents want the stripy party to win and Alex joins them as they deliver leaflets and posters to their neighbours. One of his best friends is Evie, and her parents support the spotty party. There's a TV debate and canvassing up and down the street. And Alex goes to the polling station with his parents when they vote.
Ellie says "It was really important in The Election for the parties not to be recognisable as any real parties because it's about process rather than policy. So there's the spotty party and the stripy party. The main moral of the story is tolerance – only one party wins, and you'll have to read the book to find out which – but the children remain friends anyway"
I've been lucky enough to read the book and it's ideal for inquisitive children and a really useful tool to help explain an important aspect of crazy crazy world of UK politics.
It's published on January 5th and we'll be getting copies soon after that. It's only £7.99 and available to pre-order here. We'll post it out as soon as it arrives (FREE P+P).