Daily Archives: June 27, 2020

If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier

If I Ran For President by Catherine Stier
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

This gentle first-person subjunctive shows six different kids of varying races and genders running presidential campaigns. Stier doesn’t shy away from using the real terms for things, like “declare my candidacy” and “electoral college.” Overall, a nice, broad strokes overview of how running for president of the United States *should* work. She doesn’t get into how it takes a lot of money to run and campaign finance rules; she also doesn’t discuss racism, sexism, etc. With a publication date of 2007, there’s no specific reference to the fact that all presidents were white Christian men. Only the pictures of the six kids were an implicit message that anyone can be president (plus one line in the introduction). This seems to be a companion book to Stier’s “If I Were the President” from 1999.