NEW Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids NOW AVAILABLE Free at OurWhiteHouse.org
Use This All-in-One Resource
to Engage and Excite Kids
in This Year's Presidential Election!
Just in time for the upcoming conventions and election! The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance has created a free, online Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for all adults who live and work with young people to help engage and excite kids all across the country in this year's presidential election and to enrich kids' knowledge of all our presidents and our nation's history!
The Race to the Ballot: Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids is available on OurWhiteHouse.org. An easy-to-print version is also available for free download on the document-sharing website Scribd.com.
Included in the Kit are the following resources:
- Exclusive articles regarding such topics as presidential job requirements, the history of presidential campaigns, the development of voting rights, and the evolution of the ballot. Be sure to check out "Persuading the People: Campaigning for President," "The Second Shall Be First: The 1948 Presidential Election--Truman V. Dewey" by Renee Critcher Lyons, "From Peas to Paper to IPads: The Evolution of the Ballot in America" by Heather Lang, and "The Donkey and the Elephant" by Helen Kampion.
- Activities to use with young people in the classroom or at home, including "Watch a Presidential Stump Speech...and Invite Kids to Write Their Own," "Separate Fact from Fiction: Analyze the Campaign Rhetoric," AND "Host Your Own Mock Election!"
- Discussion questions you can share during class, around the dinner table, and at a Scout or club meeting.
- So much more!
Some of the ideas and activities provided in the Kit coordinate with the content and illustrations in the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Candlewick Press), but most of the activities can be used independently of the book. We invite you to print and adapt content from the Kit as needed or to browse the pages using your smart phone, tablet computer, or laptop while on the go.
Click here to check out the complete Race to the Ballot: Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids!
About Our White House and OurWhiteHouse.org
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out was created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance as a collaborative effort by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators. Our White House is an incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art, offering a multifaceted look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Our White House is available in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.
The Our White House anthology is supported by a companion educational website, OurWhiteHouse.org, which expands the book content with additional stories, primary sources, articles, activities, and discussion questions related to book topics. The Race to the Ballot: Our White House Presidential Campaign and Election Kit for Kids is the most recent addition to this site, which has been named a Great Web Site for Kids by the American Library Association! Both Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and OurWhiteHouse.org are projects created by the NCBLA to not only promote literacy, but to also excite people of all ages about our nation’s rich history. Learn more about how parents, teachers, and librarians can inspire young people using the Our White House resources in the online article "For Educators: Using Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and OurWhiteHouse.org in the Classroom."
Ask for Our White House at a library or bookstore near you!
About The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
We believe that literacy is essential to the development of responsible citizens in a democracy. And we believe that citizens, both young and old, must have equal access to stimulating books and information sources that invite them to dream and give them the tools to achieve their dreams. As writers and illustrators, teachers and mentors, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles—as citizens and neighbors—our ultimate question is always how can we best serve all of our nation’s children?
For more information about the NCBLA, please visit our website at www.thencbla.org.