The votes are in, and the children have spoken.
Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will be donating $10,000 to the nonprofit First Book as part of The Cat in the Hat’s presidential campaign.
Earlier this year, the Cat declared his candidacy for president of the United States and let children choose his campaign’s cause. Votes could be cast for the Cat to work with one of his supporters and their selected cause, which included reading and education; ocean conservation; the environment; fighting hunger; and kindness for all. Each cause was linked to a related organization, and the $10,000 donation would go to the winning charity.
In the end, 36 percent of the votes went to reading and education, making First Book the winner.
Founded in 1992, First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. With more than 275,000 members, it is the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving kids in need.
Final tallies for the other causes are as follows:
- 32 percent: Fighting Hunger/Feed the Children
- 11 percent (tied): The Environment/Conservation International and Kindness For All/PACER Center
- 10 percent: Ocean Conservation/Oceana
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.