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While adults are voting for the next president of the United States, children have one last chance to vote for $10,000 to go to a worthy cause.
Since July, Dr. Seuss’s beloved character the Cat in the Hat has been running 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. As the Kids’ Candidate, the Cat in the Hat has been showing children that every vote counts, and every voice matters by giving them a way to vote for the Cat 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.
Corresponding with the presidential election, the final day to vote is today, and 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”
For more information and to cast your vote, visit CatInHat4Prez.com
All votes must be cast by 11:59 p.m. The winning organization and cause will be announced on or around 12/1/2016.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated books for children that empowered them to believe in their voice and place in the world. His books include such words as:
- “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” (“Horton Hears a Who!”)
- “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” (“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”)
- “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” (“The Lorax”)
- “I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, But down here at the bottom, we, too, should have rights.” (“Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories”)
The Cat in the Hat for President campaign celebrates this prevalent theme in Dr. Seuss’s books and his commitment to it, as well as represents all that Dr. Seuss believed about children—that they have the intellect, imagination and power to impact our world positively, while also having fun.