Friday, November 2, 2012

Kids Can Vote!

With the presidential election just around the corner, even the children know something is up. Highly visible news coverage, advertisements in the mailbox and bumper stickers that tout various candidates may spark interest and questions about the election process. A recent CNN article suggests that parents start early, talking to their young children about fairness, rules and positions of authority. Visit the Scholastic education site for teaching tips and current election coverage. Popular books at the library can also get kids excited about voting.
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel tracks the story of a cat running for the president of the local Cat Club.

In Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his being elected President.

Voting by Sarah De Capua from A True Book series explains the importance of getting involved in the civic process and follows the steps through the election process.

Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier introduces Election Day, discusses the importance of voting, and presents a history of voting in the United States, through a fictional story.

Now the kids can vote for their own favorite character for president and learn a bit about the election process.

The candidates are:

Pete the Cat is that cool feline who first gained national attention for his colorful adventures while out walking in his white shoes. He’s also been seen rocking in his school shoes!

Possibly even more famous, Fancy Nancy loves everything fancy. From elegantly eccentric outfits to complex words, Nancy is out to impress young constituents, um, children.

So, kids let your voice be heard! From now until November 6, stop in at any of the Fauquier County Public Library branches to cast your ballot for who you think should be president. Will it be Pete the Cat or Fancy Nancy? We’ll announce the winner right after Election Day.

Ann McDuffie @ Bealeton

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