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When You Grow Up to Vote

When You Grow Up to Vote

How Our Government Works for You

Written by Eleanor Roosevelt with Michelle Markel; illustrated by Grace Lin

Roaring Brook Press


Eleanor Roosevelt’s book on citizenship for young people now revised and updated for a contemporary audience.

In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up to Vote in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work the voter.

Fresh, contemporary, and even fun, When You Grow Up to Vote is the book parents and teachers need to talk to children about how our government is designed to work.

San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Praise for When You Grow Up to Vote

"Lively, lucid, and timely." - Kirkus, Starred Review

"A solid, informative choice for nonfiction collections that incorporates detailed information in a child-friendly style." - School Library Journal

"A neighborly view of how one should not just think about themselves but others’ needs as well. A colorful, updated look at what Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to impart to children about the exciting possibilities of growing up and voting." - Booklist


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Written by Eleanor Roosevelt with Michelle Markel; illustrated by Grace Lin

Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She also served as First Lady of New York, on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and on the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She died in 1962.

Grace Lin is a New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator whose books include the Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Dumpling Days. She was recognized at the White House as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. She lives in Florence, Massachusetts.

Michelle Markel has written many picture books for children including Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 and Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead. She lives in West Hills, California.

image of Eleanor Roosevelto
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Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Eleanor Roosevelt's Biography at the National Women's History Museum

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