KidLit Election 2012

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As November draws near, The Horn Book debates a very serious question: what children’s literature character should be president?

This week, four Republican candidates will present their presidential platforms for your consideration. Advocate for your candidate of choice or nominate another — civil discourse only, please! — in the comments; you’ll also be able to write in your faves come voting time. The polls will open for your votes Thursday, August 30th, and close at noon on Friday, the 31st. We’ll announce the winning Republican presidential candidate (and his or her running mate, the second-place finisher) Friday afternoon.

Beginning next Tuesday, September 4th, the Democrats will have their say. Polls will open for voting on Democratic candidates on Thursday, September 6th, with results announced Friday afternoon.

Don’t miss any of the election coverage — click on the tag KidLit Election 2012 to see all posts. We’ll be publishing booklists and other surprises as election time draws near. And let your voice be heard in November when we hold the final vote!

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  1. Eugenides of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief series

  2. Holling HoodHood from THE WEDNESDAY WARS for president!

  3. To organize an election involving children’s literature characters is a fun idea. However, I regret that they will be tagged as Democrats or Republicans. Why? Because I don’t want the polarizing that is rampant in this country to negatively affect beloved children’s literature characters. I’m sure that I am the only person who feels this way. Put a tag on Heidi and half of the children will hate her without reading the book.

  4. jennifer laughran says:

    Mr Plumbean from BIG ORANGE SPLOT would be excellent – of course he’d lean far to the left, if not a dem then independent or green party. He’d definitely believe in funding for the arts, and in personal freedom of all sorts.

    And of course, he’s an adult human, which helps. (Really, you want a bunny, elephant, monkey, toddler or vampire? feh. They have their own twisted agendas!)

  5. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Hi Becky,
    We’re not trying to alienate anyone – and we certainly don’t expect the level of discourse to sink as low as in the real-life election! (So, please, no Voldemort for Republican, anyone.) We’re fully expecting (and hoping for!) lots of suggestions for Independent candidates, to fit with the spirit of many of our favorite children’s books characters. But thinking of some of them as Democrats and Republicans can be funny, too. Wait and see once all of our candidates are announced.

  6. I’m really thinking the candidate has to be Sylvester from William Steig’s “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble”.

    OK, sure, Republicans will have to deal with having a donkey as the president, but Sylvester is just a perfect candidate. He’s a young person who was given ABSOLUTE POWER (in the form of a magic pebble) and, almost immediately, he used that power in the wrong way. He reacted in a panic and BOOM! He got turned into a rock. FOR A YEAR. He spent a year as a rock until his parents accidentally changed him back. This is a candidate who understands responsibility, he understands what it means to hold power. He knows the benefits of power (goodbye wart on his fetlock!) and he knows the awful downsides of power. I think that experience will make Sylvester an ideal leader and plus, if you’re a rock for year, you know a thing or two about patience.

    And, finally, if anyone messes with us – Sylvester can reach into his parents’ safe, pull out that red pebble, and wish our enemies back to the stone age (pun intended).

  7. Elaine Fultz says:

    My initial thoughts are Stuart Little for Republican pres (no BIG government) and Hermione for Dem. Ron would be a fantastic First Gentleman. The Pigeon or Harriet the Spy would be good running mates for either.

  8. Jane Cothron says:

    Eugenides (Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief) for president (Democrat).
    Miles Vorkosigan (Lois McMaster Bujold) for Massachusetts senator (Democrat).

    • I believe Ian Falconer’s Olivia has the chops to be the Republican VP. :-)

      For president I think I’d go with EL Konigsburg’s Claudia Kincaid. She has initiative, independence, a certain steadfastness of vision, and the ability to securing financing for her plans. We could do worse.

  9. Liz Parrott says:

    For the republican candidate: Marcelo’s father from MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.

  10. jennifer laughran says:

    Rosanne, in that case, obviously Jamie Kincaid has to be Secretary of the Treasury. :-)

  11. Meghan Powers from Ellen Emerson White’s President’s Daughter series for the Dems. She watches C-Span for fun!

  12. I can’t imagine Eugenides siding with any particular party…especially not genuinely! You might *think* he belongs to a particular group, but he’ll surprise you in the end. Independent?

  13. I think Bartimaeus would make an excellent Republican candidate. Clearly this is a guy who wants government out of his life. On top of that, he’s intelligent, capable of completing tasks, and loyal to individuals–recall his Egyptian master. An excellent running mate would be Ripred from The Underland Chronicles. Ripred, too, steers clear of organized government, but is capable of reaching across the aisle to work with others in order to achieve an end.

    As much as I liked Eugenides in his first book, I must respectfully suggest that he is not qualified to run as a candidate for either party. He is the consort of a queen and as a ruling member of such a government does not represent either republican or democratic values, in the small case sense of the words.

  14. Frank Zito says:

    Tom Sawyer has all of the qualifications, and then some.

  15. I’m with Gail.

    CHIEF OF STAFF: Mr. President, the Prime Minister is on the phone to ask–
    PRESIDENT GEN: (interrupts) I have NO idea where the Queen’s earrings are. None. Not any.

    Yeah. Might be some problems with that candidacy.

  16. Ramona Quimby as in Independent! She’s brave enough to stand up for her ideas and she’ll pester you until she gets what she wants! Running mate: Clementine!

  17. Ramona Quimby for Independent! She’s brave enough to stand up for her ideas, and she’ll pester Congress until she gets what she wants! Running mate: Clementine!

  18. I agree that Meghan Powers would be an excellent Democratic president.
    I don’t know why I think Joe Willard (of Betsy-Tacy fame) would be a Republican, but I do. He’s a hard worker and a successful senior class president, so I’d like to nominate him.
    I have concerns about Mr. Plumbean as a candidate. He’s not a mover and shaker, despite the zeal with which he decorates his house – you’ll notice that he does all of this *after* the seagull drops the paint. It’s really the seagull who shows initiative and gets things done – hmm, seagull for President?

    • jennifer laughran says:

      Hmmmm…. maybe Mr Plumbean could be the Secretary of the Interior… I mean Exterior?

  19. The Democratic convention is nearly upon us, and I would like to propose a candidate. Christopher Chant in his position as Chrestomanci has long experience overseeing regulations for multiple worlds. He has a history of being hands on in investigating those who put themselves before the welfare of the group, but also has supervised a staff. He is attractive and charming and has a lovely family, including a powerful wife who is capable of supporting him professionally but chooses what many see as the traditional woman’s roles as mate and mother. He also has a couple of lives left, which he will probably need just to get elected in the U.S.. Why he has not been drafted by the Democrats before this is a mystery.

  20. I know we’ve entered the period for Democratic nominations, but I’d like to offer a (nearly) full ballot.

    - Brian from Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet would run as a Libertarian,
    - The Mad Hatter for the Reform Party (He kind of looks like Ross Perot) ,
    - Jo March for the Democrats, and
    - Tom Sawyer for the Republicans

    Good luck, though, to all the nominees!

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