Monday, October 1, 2012

Race to the Ballot: Presidential Campaign 2012

The Presidential Debates Start Wednesday!
Read Our Tips for
Engaging Kids' and Teens' Interest
If you want to inspire your kids’ and teens’ interest in the presidential election and to actively participate in our democracy, start now by getting them involved in the process and watch the presidential debates together! 

The first of three debates between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney takes place this Wednesday evening. 

For tips on assisting kids in understanding the debates and how you can help them garner the most information from them, read the article "Presidential Debates: Watch the Debates with Your Kids and Teens!" available free on the NCBLA's extensive American history and civic education website

Mark Your School and Home Calendars!
The following presidential debates are scheduled: 
  • Wednesday, October 3:
    Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney. The topic is domestic policy.
  • Thursday, October 11:
    Vice President Joe Biden vs. Representative Paul Ryan. This is the only debate scheduled between the vice presidential candidates.
  • Tuesday, October 16
    Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney. 
  • Monday, October 22: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney.

Massachusetts State House
portrait of Governor
Mitt Romney by artist
Richard Whitney.
In this election year, the NCBLA has created the Race to the Ballot: Presidential Campaign and Election Kit to help all adults who live and work with young people engage with our kids in informed discussions about the presidential campaigns and election, teach them to think critically, and energize them to learn more about the political process in America. 
This Kit includes:
  • Exclusive articles regarding such topics as presidential job requirements, the history of presidential campaigns, and the evolution of voting rights.
  • Activities to use with young people in the classroom or at home.
  • Discussion questions you can share during class, around the dinner table, and at a Scout or club meeting.

The anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and its coordinating educational website provide the perfect springboard for engaging youngsters in the discussion of current events, history, and the importance of the democratic vote in America. Our White House was created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance as a collaborative effort by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators to encourage young people to read more about America’s rich history and culture; to think more about America’s future; to talk more about our nation’s leadership; and to act on their own beliefs and convictions, ensuring this great democratic experiment will survive and thrive.
Our White House is available
in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.
Ask for it a library or bookstore near you!