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BookBeat

November 4, 2012
Renae Ault - Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library , Salem News

It's hard to escape the upcoming presidential election and even the youngest members of our society are fascinated by the process of voting and electing a leader. The children's department at Salem Public Library is so invested, that we're holding an election to select our favorite literary dog! Whether it will be Snoopy, Marley, Spot, or Biscuit remains to be seen, but this light-hearted election has certainly added a bit of levity to the real election, at least at the library. There are no age restrictions on voters so make sure you stop by before Tuesday evening and cast your ballot for your favorite book pooch!

Americans have long been fascinated not only by our elected leader but by their personal lives, habits, interests and pets. The collection at the library of presidential books reflects this side of our desire to know everything about our nation's leaders. Biographies about individual presidents, collections of shorter pieces about each president, and presidential trivia books line our shelves. Two particular collections with kid appeal are not so much about the President of the United States but other White House residents.

White House Kids by Joe Rhatigan shares anecdotes, pictures, and interviews of more than 70 presidential children and grandchildren. From Andrew Jackson, Jr. to Alice Roosevelt all the way up to Sasha and Malia Obama, young readers will learn trivia and factoids about the youngest White House dwellers. Laid out in a scrapbook style, this book is fun for readers of all ages. If their kids don't provide enough trivia, take a look at Julie Moberg's new book, Presidential Pets. Filled with fantastic cartoon illustrations, this book profiles each president, his greatest accomplishments, trivia, and information about his pets. Each entry begins with a silly poem and the text explains more. Learn about George Washington creating new dog breeds and follow along chronologically, all the way up to Bush's Barney and Miss Beazley and Obama's Bo. Both of these kid-friendly books are sure to entertain as well as educate about our nation's leaders and those most important to him.

To check out Presidential Pets by Julie Moberg or White House Kids by Joe Rhatigan, stop by, give us a call at 330-332-0042 option 3, or visit our website, www.salem.lib.oh.us.

 
 

 

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