How Elections Work

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Learn how Americans cast their votes and make their voicesheard in national, state, and local elections.Additional features to aid comprehension include fact-filled captions and sidebars, detailed photographs, informational diagrams, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research,an index, and an introduction to the author.

Table of Contents

  • Voting Rights
  • The Voting Process
  • National Elections
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Index
  • About the Author



  • Dewey: 324.6
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781503809024): 8 x 9.5, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781503815087): 8 x 9.5, 24 pages, © 2017
  • Subject: Social Studies
  • Series: How America Works


  • Suggested Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 4
  • Lexile® Measure: 580
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.6
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 184071
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Connection

This social studies series for juveniles gives insight into the foundations of the U.S. and the workings of our government. Each book has the same format, featuring four chapters, vocabulary words highlighted in the text, and a ‘To Learn More’ page at the end of the book. Each of the three branches of government is explored in depth, and important documents are examined. The large font, wide line spacing, and generous margins contribute to the visual appeal. The historical photographs, illustrations, sidebars, and infographics will also appeal to students. This series would be a great addition to a library or classroom or as textbooks for a remedial reader group in junior to senior high school levels. Additional Resources. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents. Websites

A Review of "How America Works" in School Library Journal

With 24 pages per book, these titles are brief. Even so, elegant design and substantive content make them strong contenders. Each one tackles a specific component of U.S. government and describes, in brief, the influences and other formative issues surrounding it. For instance, in How the Government Works, the author explains that even though the original 13 colonies technically rebelled against Great Britain, they still borrowed ideas from the British government when forming their own. Contemporary aspects of each subject are described as well, such as the ongoing debate about the merits and demerits of the electoral college in How Elections Work. The nature of how the U.S. government is structured means that some content overlaps (the need for a constitutional convention is described in The Bill of Rights and The U.S. Constitution), but not so much that one title can be overlooked when ordering. The illustrations are a solid balance of archival paintings, maps, photographs, and graphics. VERDICT Just in time for the election season, a great primer for U.S. government classes.

A Review of "How America Works" in Children's Bookwatch

‘How Elections Work’ is a succinct guide to the American electoral process in the U.S.A. for young adults and teens. Illuminated with historic black and white and color photos, timelines, and other visual aids, ‘How Elections Work’ covers it’s subject matter in three chapters: Voting Rights (including a historic timeline of voting rights changes from 1776 to the present), The Voting Process (including a sidebar history of the U. S. Political parties), and National Elections, including information of voter turnout and a map showing results of the 2012 presidential election. In addition to other information on the electoral process and the history of elections in the U. S., a glossary and additional suggested resources in the library and on the web are included. ‘How Elections Work’ is a fact-based summary of information for young adults that should prove invaluable to students and future voters. Other titles from this same series that are also highly recommended include: ‘How the Executive Branch Works (9781503809031, $28.50),’ by Maddie Spalding, ‘How the Government Works’ (9781503809048, $28.50), by Jeanne Marie Ford, ‘How the Judicial Branch Works’(9781503809055, $28.50), by Naomi J. Krueger, and ‘How the Legislative Branch Works’ (9781503809062, $28.50), by Maddie Spalding.


Author: Jeanne Marie Ford

Jeanne Marie Ford is an Emmy-winning TV scriptwriter who holds a master of fine arts degree in writing for children from Vermont College. She has written numerous children's books and articles. Ford also teaches college English. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.


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