It is critical that we effectively teach our children about democracy and politics for so many reasons.

We want to raise a generation of informed citizens and educating children about democracy helps them understand their rights and responsibilities. This knowledge is crucial for fostering informed and active participation in the democratic process. Early education on the importance of voting can lead to higher voter turnout and more engaged citizens in adulthood. Election turnout in the UK varies significantly depending on the type of election. For general elections, which typically see the highest participation, turnout rates have fluctuated over the years; in the 2019 General Election, the turnout was 67%, and it dropped to 60% in the most recent July 2024 General Election.

Children who learn about politics can better understand complex social issues, enabling them to make informed decisions through understanding different perspectives, and avoiding misinformation. Democracy education promotes understanding and respect for diverse opinions and cultures, fostering tolerance and reducing prejudice.

Learning about the political process and the challenges faced by different groups in society can enhance empathy and social awareness. Understanding the democratic process can teach children peaceful and constructive ways to resolve conflicts.

And of course we need to develop our leaders of the future, encouraging them to contribute positively to society. Educated kids are more likely to take active roles in their communities, advocating for change and improvement.

By teaching children about democracy and politics, we equip them with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to be active, informed, and responsible members of society. This education lays the foundation for a vibrant, functioning democracy and a more just and equitable world.

Here are a selection of fiction and non-fiction titles to empower and inspire the next generation of voters.