Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Vote for George!

With eight weeks to go until the presidential election, we've just received another wave of election-related books for our picture book, chapter book, and nonfiction sections. A few of the newest and neatest:

Wide Awake by David Levithan, YA fiction
Duncan and his boyfriend Jimmy are thrilled when the first openly gay president is elected in a future America. When the election results are questioned by the conservative Decent Party, the political becomes even more personal for Duncan, Jimmy, and their relationship.

Vote for Larry by Janet Tashjian, YA fiction
Eighteen-year-old Josh Swensen committed "pseudocide" when his activist alter-ego Larry began to wreak havoc on his real life. Now Josh resumes his life as Larry -- this time to affect change in America from the inside out by running for president.

Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. More than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why, YA nonfiction
As part of the Declare Yourself campaign encouraging everyone 18 and up to register to vote, fifty-five writers, musicians, actors, activists, athletes, and more contributed their political philosophies to this anthology.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, picture book nonfiction/art book
Some of our best-loved authors and illustrators art or writing to this collection, a look at American presidents and their families through the history of the White House itself.

Make sure to check out the Boston Globe's look at presidential candidate picture book bios. (We also love Horn Book editor Roger Sutton's take on these biographies, but then, we love The Rog's take on everything.) The Horn Book has more recommended titles at their newsletter.

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