As we near the 2020 election that will take place in November, it can be overwhelming. Some people already know who they are voting for. Some people don’t. And some people aren’t sure if they are even going to vote at all. In 2020, the US will elect a president, will elect or reelect 35 Senators, and every single member of the House of Representatives is up for election as well. There’s a lot going on politically. It’s been an insane year for the world in and out of politics, but I always look to books when things are tough. There are some great fiction books out there that touch on issues of voting, campaigns, and general civic engagement that I recommend you all read as you anticipate this election and as you deal with whatever the aftermath may be. 

Voting and civic engagement are important. It means something different for everyone, manifests in different ways, and can be big or small. I hope these fifteen books about the topic get you inspired to DO something this election season–whether it’s voting, campaigning, protesting, or running for office yourself. 

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

Two teens go on an adventure to vote for the first time in an exciting YA novel that explores the voting system in the US and modern politics for teens. 

Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The son of the first female POTUS falls for the heir to the British throne in this fun, emotional romance that also follows the POTUS’ re-election campaign. 

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Two teens team up to door-knock and campaign for a local candidate in this cute YA novel that deals with religion and racism and will leave you feeling inspired about the youth of today. 

Most Likely by Sarah Watson

In 2049, one woman will become POTUS. But years before, we follow her senior year of high school. But which of the four protagonists is she? 

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

A Desi teen becomes involved in activism to save a local park during her summer vacation, a vacation complete with a fake boyfriend she brought along to appease her parents. 

Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook

This is more of a memoir, but the graphic novel format draws you in quickly as a girl in South Korea works to stand up to an oppressive regime and share Western Literature among her peers. 

Charlotte Walsh Like to Win by Jo Piazza

A woman decides to pursue political office and uncovers some family secrets, all while finding out just what it is like to be a female candidate today. 

Act by Kayla Miller

A young girl gets involved in the political process of her local school in order to help those less fortunate afford field trips in this cute graphic novel. 

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

A community rises up together in this gripping novel that follows the police killing of an unarmed thirteen year old girl. You won’t be able to look away. 

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Two girls team up to fight sexism, and racism, in their NYC high school in this YA novel that brings in art and politics and beautiful writing. 

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

A Native teen gets involved with local activism when her school’s production of The Wizard of Oz dredges up past comments from the author and racism from neighbors. 

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramee

A school debate teaches one girl about herself and how she’ll use her voice in this fun novel for middle grade readers and beyond. 

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

The sons of presidential candidates fall for each other as the campaign unfolds in this YA novel. 

Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti

The wives, and soon-to-be wives, of politicians come together in this story of what happens when your significant other hits the campaign trail. 

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Suggested Reading by Dave Connis

A teen decides to take things into her own hands to fight against banned books in this gripping novel.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member