Child Actors from THIS IS US Perform Lively Read-aloud of IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT

As today is Election Day, this seems a good day to share this news.  It’s not often that a children’s author gets to see her book read by not one – but three – super talented television actors.  The young stars of the very popular and poignant THIS IS US read IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT in this online video, as part of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ Storyline Online program.  The Storyline Online literacy program offers families, educators, health care professionals and kids an online library of children’s picture books presented by guest readers and accompanied with animation-enhanced illustrations.

The video featuring IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT was released earlier this year, in observation of Constitution/Citizenship Day.  Even though I knew about the upcoming video, it was still such a pleasant surprise to watch these three amazing, expressive young actors sharing the book.  They performed in front of a very cool set with posters and decorations featuring characters from the book and these young people brought so much fun and warmth to the reading.

Oh, and Storyline Online offers an activity guide to accompany the book, too!

The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten spoke in a separate video, discussing a bit about this book as well as the importance of helping kids to learn about our government and guiding them to be “informed and involved at an early age.”

I am proud that this book may help kids to do just that.

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