Books put girls in the race for president

After Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gave up her bid for the presidency, there were supporters and opponents who agreed on at least one thing: Her groundbreaking campaign gave little girls a gift.

The idea of a female president doesn't sound so far-fetched anymore.

Here are two timely books for girls – and boys.

In “Grace for President,” by Kelly DiPucchio (Hyperion, $15.99), a spunky elementary school student is appalled when her teacher puts up a poster of the U.S. presidents. “Where are the girls?” Grace Campbell asks.

The teacher seizes on Grace's interest to arrange to elect a president of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.

Grace will run, of course. But she has a formidable male opponent. DiPucchio and illustrator LeUyen Pham do a terrific job capturing the excitement and hard work of a campaign.

DiPucchio and Pham pack a lot into a picture book – real-life lessons and enough fun and excitement to keep both boys and girls hooked.

“Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics,” by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin, $8.95), is itself evolving. First published in 2004, this revised edition features new details on Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

As in the earlier version, a girl and her friends discuss her presidential aspirations interspersed with 23 biographies of important women in politics. McClatchy Newspapers