But if you want a feel for politics and a sense of what the big issues are, there are plenty of good novels and picture books that would help all young voters. Understanding the wider issues of politics rather than the specifics of the current election manifestos can start early as children’s books are surprisingly political - sometimes overtly and sometimes subtly. In an article in the New York Times which discussed whether or not children’s books should be political, Jonathan Todres, professor of law at Georgia State University, wrote: “Politics, or rather social issues that have been politicised, are an inherent part of the stories children read and have read to them. Children’s literature provides a safe, imaginative space for children to confront complex issues.”
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