We're all relieved the presidential election is over, but we did have fun putting up a display to get the kids involved. We pulled everything we had on the election process, political parties, and the candidates. Who knows, may be we have a future president in our midst..
To make it interactive and a little more fun for the kids, we held a mock election of our own. Eight authors ran for Author of the Year for our middle school, and the kids came in to the library to cast their votes. The primaries included:
We printed sheets with the authors' major works to help answer the "Who's that?" question and put them near the ballot box.
The winners of the primaries were Suzanne Collins and Rich Riordan. We took a school-wide vote in homeroom the day after the presidential election and the winner with 74% of the popular vote was...
(I'm really hoping it's because these kids read The Hunger Games and didn't just base their votes on the movie.) So be it. : )