Use This All-in-One Resource to Engage and Excite Kids in This Year’s Presidential Election!
Just in time for Super Tuesday and the subsequent primaries! 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 from the same link.
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!