of the Center for Children's Books
|The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based list of titles available only on-line. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.
First Tuesday in November: Election and Presidential Books
Those too young for enfranchisement still have to sit through the hoopla. Here are a collection of books that can broaden their knowledge, expand their enjoyment, or evoke some rueful sympathy for the electorate and the candidates.
--Deborah Stevenson, Associate Editor
Teenaged Hope, waitress extraordinaire, finds herself caught up in the campaign of the diner owner against the corrupt incumbent mayor. (BCCB 9/00)
In this rollicking satire, a pair of twelve-year-olds hijack a gubernatorial election and present a canine alternative. (BCCB 2/97)
Judson Moon may be only twelve, but he can see what's wrong in the political system, and aided by a spin-doctor friend and his old babysitter he takes a limelight-gathering run at the presidency in this sharp and funny book. (BCCB 11/96)
In a summer with her grandmother, who's a powerful state senator, Mad learns a few things about herself and about the political process. (BCCB 10/00)
This photoessay examines the successful campaign of Gloria Molina a seat on the City Council of Los Angeles (she's since gone on to the county Board of Supervisors), detailing in accessible terms some of the nuts and bolts of the campaign process. (BCCB 4/99)
Eighteen-year-old Gordie Foley's political ambitions for student-body president are overshadowed by his Tammany Hall grandfather's plan that Gordie will follow in the family footsteps and become mayor. (BCCB 11/96)
Determined to make waves in sixth grade, Dinah runs a high-publicity campaign for class president. (BCCB 4/92)
Sixth-grader Bonnie takes the plunge and runs for office, finding both political corruption and educational problems in the process. (BCCB 1/90)
Cary's father's bid for state office informs this thriller following Cary's attempts to discover a murderer-who may be after Cary. (BCCB 2/91)
Park's usual glib, funny style suits the tale of Rosie's bid for election on the platform of improved cafeteria food. (BCCB 10/91)
Title notwithstanding, this is actually about the commander-in-chief's visit to Marvin's classroom, and Sachar offers civics and humor in equal measure. (BCCB 4/99)
This focuses more on the results than the process, but it's one of the most delightful and effective overviews of the presidency for young people. (BCCB 7/00)
Sixteen-year-old Meg is the daughter of the first woman president in this sympathetic study of private life gone public. See sequels White House Autumn and Long Live the Queen. (BCCB 11/84)
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