Citizen Baby: My President (9781524793142); My Congress (9781524793166); My Supreme Court (9781524793180); My Vote (9781524793128) by Megan E. Bryant and Daniel Prosterman, illustrated by Micah Player. Penguin Workshop, 2020.
Format: Board books
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Board books
What did you like about the book? The Citizen Baby series offers simple descriptions of the American presidency, Congress, Supreme Court and voting process. With a cast of black, brown and white toddlers and their corresponding adults, and at least one adult in a hijab in most of books (not in My Supreme Court), these will be relevant to many families. Bright, cheerful art, which appears digital, likens the institutions to things a small child will understand. The president is important, just like Mommy. In Congress, they don’t always agree, just like Mommy and Daddy. The Supreme Court helps make laws fair, such as putting toys away so the play room doesn’t get out of control. Voting involves getting kissed by candidates, staying up past your bedtime and getting a sticker. Families can reference these books as they talk about current events and elections. Non partisan and highly visually appealing, with toddlers scampering around with their families at the voting booth, Supreme Court chambers, Capitol area, and campaign events, these books expose kids to a sweet and successful version of our national politics.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For all board book collections,
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries, and nice for gifts to parents expecting in the fall.
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: June 11, 2020