Dr. Seuss's beloved character the Cat in the Hat has declared his candidacy for president of the United States in the 2016 election, as the one and only Kids' Candidate, with Thing 1 and Thing 2 as his running mates, it was jointly announced today by Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) and Random House Children's Books (RHCB).
A special announcement and rally is taking place on the steps of the childhood home of Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) in Springfield, MA, at 74 Fairfield Street. The Cat in the Hat's official campaign video announcement can be viewed here.
The Cat in the Hat, in his presidential campaign, will represent all that Dr. Seuss believed about children—that they have the intellect, imagination, and power to impact our world positively, while also having fun. The announcement of the Cat in the Hat for President campaign (CatInHat4Prez.com, #CatInHat4Prez, @catinhat4prez) arrives with the release of a new book in The Cat in the Hat Learning Library, ONE VOTE, TWO VOTES, I VOTE, YOU VOTE (On sale July 26, 2016 / Ages 5–8 / Random House Books for Young Readers). In the latest addition to this collection of nonfiction books for beginning readers, the Cat in the Hat uses simple rhyme to introduce early readers to the concept and practice of voting, with a focus on the American presidency.
Readers learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are made, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more.
Choose a Cause and Cast Your Vote Beginning July 26!
As the Kids' Candidate, the Cat in the Hat will show kids that every vote counts, and every voice matters! Votes can be cast for the Cat in the Hat to work with one of his supporters and their selected cause. Each cause is linked to a related organization, and together Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will make a $10,000 donation to the winning charity. The ballot includes the opportunity for kids to:
- Vote for Reading and Education to support First Book, with Dick and Sally from The Cat in the Hat!
- Vote for Ocean Conservation to support Oceana, with Red Fish and Blue Fish from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish!
- Vote for the Environment to support Conservation International, with the Lorax!
- Vote for Fighting Hunger to support Feed the Children, with Sam-I-Am! from Green Eggs and Ham!
- Vote for Kindness for All to support PACER Center, with Horton from Horton Hears a Who!
Casting a Vote in the Cat in the Hat for President Campaign!
Children can vote for the Cat and their preferred cause by sending a ballot slip to Random House Children's Books. Ballots can be downloaded and printed at home from the campaign headquarters, CatInHat4Prez.com, or picked up in participating retailers across the country or from participating educators this fall. Voting will run from July 26, 2016, through November 8, 2016, and the winning charity will be announced on December 1, 2016.