LEAGUE READS

LEAGUE READS

League Reads Adult Book Discussion Group

Join LWVNC members in reading and discussing books about important topics. Our next League Reads is on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Mount Kisco Country Club. We will be reading Tyranny of the Minority by by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The cost to attend is $16 per person to cover a light breakfast. For more information or to RSVP, contact Board member jenmebes [at] gmail.com (Jennifer Mebes Flagg).

Tyranny of the Minority Book Cover

 

 

League Reads With Kids

Are there future voters in your household or family? Help your children, grandchildren and other young people in your life understand the importance of voting and what it means to live in a democracy. Our board members have collected a wonderful set of book recommendations to appeal to preschoolers, elementary students and even middle schoolers. 

Books about Elections and Voting for KIDS

Prepared By League of Women Voters of New Castle

This Little Voter by Ann Bonnie

These little voters are busy getting ready to cast their ballots! They're registering, marking the date, watching debates, and wishing readers a happy election day. Little ones will love this sweet twist on the classic nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy"!


Everyone Gets a Say by Jill Twiss

Pudding the snail and his friends can’t seem to agree on anything. Whatever Jitterbug the chipmunk wants, Geezer the goose does not. Whatever Toast the butterfly wants, Duffles and Nudge the otters are absolutely against. And if somehow Toast and Duffles and Jitterbug and Nudge all agree on something, then Geezer is not having it. Can Pudding show his friends that there just might be a way where everyone gets a say.


The Night Before Election Day by Natasha Wing

It's almost here. And the big question is: Who will be our next president? Will our leader be a he or a she? A young citizen gives her take on politics and Election Day in this charming story (featuring a colorful sticker sheet!), told in the style of Clement C. Moore's holiday poem.

Rock that Vote by Meg Fleming 

Fins, paws, wings, or claws? With so many choices for a new class pet, these kids has the big task of picking a critter to become part of their classroom family. To make sure it's all fair and square, they put it to a vote! As the students make posters to support their choice and excitedly submit their ballots, readers can join the chants and cheers to make sure everyone rocks that vote!


Vote for Our Future by Margaret McNamara

Every two years, on the first Tuesday of November, Stanton Elementary School closes for the day. For vacation? Nope! For repairs? No way! Stanton Elementary School closes so that it can transform itself into a polling station. People can come from all over to vote for the people who will make laws for the country. Sure, the Stanton Elementary School students might be too young to vote themselves, but that doesn't mean they can't encourage their parents, friends, and family to vote! After all, voting is how this country sees change--and by voting today, we can inspire tomorrow's voters to change the future.



So, You Want to be President? by Susan St. George

Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of the first forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world. Perfect for this election year--and every year!

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land. We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America. Thank you for your vote.

For Which we Stand by Jeff Foster

This book is a comprehensive and entertaining guide that answers questions like: What is the Constitution? What are the branches of the government? What is the Electoral College? What are the political parties? What are the different responsibilities of the city, state, and federal governments? Plus, discover the complete backstory on some of our government's most important moments, like why we wrote the Declaration of Independence, and how people since then have worked with - and protested against - the government to improve the lives of all Americans.


Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.



Act by Kyla Miller 

Olive is excited to start sixth grade: new teachers, new experiences, and a field trip to the big city with her best buds! But when Olive finds out that a school policy is keeping some kids from going on the trip, she decides to act. She's prepared to do whatever it takes to be heard—even if it means running against Trent and Sawyer, two of her closest friends, in the student council election! With intense campaign competition and emotions running high, can Olive make a big change and keep her friends?

 

Previous League Reads Adult Book Selections

  • October 12, 2023: The Supermajority: How the Supreme Court Divided America, by Michael Waldman
  • July 18, 2023: Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives, by Siddarth Kara
  • April 11, 2023: Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream, by Conor Dougherty
  • February 8, 2023:  Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, by Susan Neiman
  • October 13, 2022: Gunfight, by Ryan Busse
  • March 24, 2022: The Agitators, by Dorothy Wickenden
  • November 20, 2021: Rez Life, by David Treuer
  • May 20, 2021: Our Bodies, Their Battlefields, by Christina Lamb
  • May 12, 2021: Eleanor, by David Michaelis
  • March 4, 2021: Break It Up, by Richard Kreitner
  • January 14, 2021: The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry
  • August 11, 2020: How to Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • May 7, 2020Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, by Ari Berman
  • March 5, 2020Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, by Bill McKibben
  • December 12, 2019Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez
  • July 24, 2019No Visible Bruises, by Rachel Louise Snyder
  • May 2, 2019: How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
  • May 22, 2018The Death & Life of the Great American School System, by Diane Ravitch
  • April 16, 2018: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer
  • February 27, 2018Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert D. Putnam
  • March 27, 2017The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America, by April Ryan
  • January 23, 2017All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, by Rebecca Traister
  • October 24, 2016Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik