The books, databases, websites and artifacts on this page will help you do research and answer homework questions about elections. Explore Unique Stories of the U.S. Presidents as well as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Election Artifacts Collection.
Websites, Activities & Printables
- PBS: The Race is On! – includes FAQ to answer questions like, what do donkeys and elephants have to do with it?
- The Library of Congress: Elections…the American Way
- PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
- Ben’s Guide Election of the President including The What and Who of Elections, The History and Process of Voting, and How Elections Happen
- ZOOM: Elections 101
- National Archives: US Electoral College
- IndyPL Blog: Unique Stories of the U.S. Presidents
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Election Artifacts
NoveList K-8: Stories about Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read about elections. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.
e-Books & Audiobooks
Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books about elections at any of our locations, or check out election e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive Kids right to your device! If you have never used OverDrive before, you can learn how to use it for both e-books and audiobooks.
Need more help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. Additionally, the Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.
Elections and Voting – It’s a Big Deal!
Choose a book or two from this list to learn about the United States election process, who can vote, and the history of how each has developed over the last 200+ years. Find out the answers to some puzzling FAQs: What’s a ballot? What is a poll? What does suffrage mean? Why couldn’t Black people vote? Why couldn’t women vote? You can read a general history or focus on one issue, event, or person who made a difference. #indyplkids