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It’s Voter Registration Day, and we’re ready to celebrate our right to vote and our participation in the democratic process! If you haven’t yet registered to vote – or you’re unsure of your registration status – head over to vote.org for more information. But if you’re already registered and are excited about your voting plan, look no further than the Quirk Books catalog for some geeky political books to get you through to Election Day.

 

Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents by Cormac O’Brien

This book is billed as full of strange stories and shocking trivia from inside the White House, and it does not disappoint. (Did you know that John Quincy Adams loved skinny dipping in the Potomac River?) There is so much to be serious about in politics, but Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents reminds us that it’s okay to be a little silly and to dig into the humor of our nation’s history – while also recognizing the white lens that so much of history is viewed through. Bribery? UFOs? Duels? Bring it on. But let’s also interrogate where these stories fit into the larger story.    

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Girls Resist! by KaeLyn Rich

While Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents is full of stories about men holding the highest office in the nation, Girls Resist! is an essential activism handbook aimed at teen girls who are ready to fight for change. This book is perfect for the teens in your life who might not be old enough to vote, but are old enough to volunteer for phone banking and postcard writing campaigns. It’s for the teens who DM you about how to become a poll worker and always know where the day’s protest is gathering. And while “girl” is right there in the title, you don’t have to be femme to engage with this handbook. All are welcome here!

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Anything for a Vote by Joseph Cummins

If you’re already speculating about what this election’s October Surprise will be, Anything for a Vote is the book for you. Not only does it give a deep dive into the history of mudslinging, character assassination, and other dirty election strategies, it’ll also arm you with knowledge to share with your friends as you swap Election Day plans. And knowledge is power, y’all.

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Kid Activists by Allison Steinfeld and Robin Stevenson

Every activist started out as a kid. It’s an obvious point to make, but one we didn’t even think deeply about until Allison Steinfeld and Robin Stevenson gave us Kid Activists. This book dives into the young lives of some of our favorite movers, shakers, and leaders: including Harvey Milk; Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Malala Yousafzai – who was a kid when her activism began! This book is perfect for the kid in your life who loves “I Voted” stickers over all others.

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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a playwright, bookworm, and library connoisseur. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. (She has a lot to say.) And on Instagram. (She never foodstagrams.) When she grows up, she wants to be Leslie Knope.