Vote 4 Me
Wild Dog Books, 2020
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
The students at Mount Mayhem school are about to hold an election to form a committee to make some long-wanted changes at the school. But the Year 6 class can’t decide on who should represent them and so Ms Sparks decides it is an excellent opportunity to teach them about Australia’s system of preferential voting.
Written by an expert in teaching students about elections, this book provides an explanation of the system within a context that the children will understand and carry with them into later life when they are involved in local, state and federal elections. It clearly shows how the process works and why it is fairer than a first-past-the-post count, offering the opportunity for all voices to be heard equally.
At a time when elections are being held and getting a lot of publicity and coming into the period when school-based elections for leadership teams for 2021 are held, this is a book that has a place in any collection that focuses on democracy and how it works. Sharing it when there is a real-life context to relate it to gives it extra punch and helps create more-informed voters of the future.