Yes We Can! Give Away the Obama Action Figure and More!

If you thought the giddy factor of November 5 could be frozen away with a little New York winter, I’m sorry, I’m still over the moon. Fortunately for you – it means I’m celebrating.

And how do we celebrate on Inside Out? With the giveaway to beat all January blues – a Scholastic package of books plus the hard-to-find (and hopping on eBay) Obama action figure. I couldn’t even get my hands on one of these this year, but Scholastic has set one aside for one lucky Inside Out winner, along with a pile of our political picks from the bookshelves.

Don’t worry, we’re not going partisan here. Our favorites are purely independent for independent-thinking kids!

For the pre-school kids on the hill, Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells takes a bite out of dirty politics with the pups at Barkadelphia Elementary. Trash-talking turns to cheating on tests, and over-involved parents ruin the campaign for their spoiled pooches as the pups at Barkadelphia realize the dog they want in the house is the one who listens when they yip. From the author who brought us sweet Scotty McDuff, Otto Runs for President proves it’s worth it to be a true man of the people – or should that be pup of the pack?

Who doesn’t hold a soft spot in their heart for a dog? Mayoral candidate Hugo Bugwort, that’s who. The former chief of police is looking to clean up the city of Pumpkinville in LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail by Mark Teague – by cracking down on dogs. But when Ike LaRue gets his paws on petitions and makes his own bid for city hall, things get really interesting! LaRue is, after all, a dog. So what’s the key to peace in Pumpkinville? Think team of rivals; and a good lesson for the school-aged set on making making friends out of one’s enemies.

We hear the Obamas are getting a dog, but their predecessors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue haven’t always stuck to man’s best friend in picking a pet. Wackiest White House Pets by Kathryn Gibbs Davis offers up a taste of animal antics inside the Beltway, from the first turkey offered a presidential pardon to Teddy (of bear fame) Roosevelt’s menagerie. Complete with a run down of the two-legged residents of the White House, they’ll be ready to narrate the whole procession.

All three books, plus the Barack Obama Action Figure are up for grabs to one Inside Out reader. Check out the Scholastic store, and pick your favorite books to celebrate the inauguration. Let us know what it is and why in comments . Get extra entries by grabbing my badge and/or blogging about this contest and all (remember to leave the link in comments as well).

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents, the contest will close on January 19, so remember to check back or subscribe at left to be notified right away. NEW SUBSCRIBERS for the month of January will all be entered to win a gift certificate to one of my favorite pajama shops – details coming later this week – so don’t forget to subscribe at left!

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  1. The “Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times” looks like a great presidential reference book for all families. Can you recite all the presidents in order? I can! Or at least I used to be able to. Thanks for a great giveaway!pvilletoygirl at gmail dot com

  2. I agree, the Encyclopedia of the Presidents would be wonderful!! We are blessed to have an avid reader in our 6 year old. Anytime we can read and learn at the same time is awesome! Thanks!

  3. I subscribed via email! Thanks!!

  4. I alos love the Encyclopedia of Presidents. It’s something every child should have.

  5. I subscribed

  6. I’d like So You Want to Be President? It looks like a fun book

  7. It’s Clifford’s Pals for me. I love Clifford the Big Red Dog. The little ones at the library do too.

  8. LOVE this giveaway!!! Fingers crossed! I think the Clifford for president book would be a fun addition to my toddler’s library, in addition to all the great books in the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  9. I twittered about your giveaway (cornellian2001)

  10. We love Clifford in our house so he’s our top dog for a pick for a book: Clifford Big Red Reader: Clifford for President.andproulx at charter dot net

  11. I grew up on Scholastic books, so I don’t have to worry about their quality. I’d love “Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents – 2009 Edition,” which gives individual tidbits about the lives of USA Presidents. “Yes We Can! A Salute to Children from President Obama’s Victory Speech” would also be cool to explain to kids the historic significance of this particular election.My friend sent me the link to this giveaway, because she knew I’d flip for it. She’s absolutely right. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  12. I sooo want that action figure!!! ;)I like the Yes, we can book – such a hopeful positive message!!! πŸ™‚

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  15. The “Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times” looks great. I think it would be fun to go through the different facts and discuss them with the kids.Thanks!nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  16. I think the Obama- A Salute to Children one would be great for the occassion!kayceewilliams AT gmail DOT com

  17. Clifford Big Red Reader: Clifford for PresidentI love scholastic and this looks like a blast for the kids- and yes I am a subscriber

  18. I would love the action figure! I support Obama and my husband voted the “other way” πŸ™‚ Wouldn’t it be great in my house with my boys playing with in front of him πŸ™‚ haha

  19. The Encyclopedia of Presidents and Their Times would be a great learning tool. Thanks.

  20. the YES WE CAN book because it’s so motivational. thanks !

  21. i’m a subscriber

  22. I think Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times would be best for our family, seems most educational and somthing the kids could use time and time again for reports and schoolwork. Thanks!

  23. I think ‘First Kids’ would be a great book, my son can learn more about the kids that were in the White House.

  24. I also like the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their TimesDavid

  25. I have your button up!

  26. I would choose, Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents – 2009 Edition, personally, as a Canadian, I don’t know much really about former Presidents and this sounds very interesting!

  27. The Kid Who Became President looks like a good book to interest a child in the election process.traymona[at]

  28. I like the scholastic encyclopedia b/c it looks like my kids could use it many times for school work and projects…also looks very easy to read but yet has lots of facts

  29. I think the Election Activity Kit would be a great learning experienceand fun for the kids. Thank you!

  30. clifford for president. My children love Clifford and this would be a great book to share in their classes.

  31. I have your button on my blog.

  32. My favorite is Mr. President.I think it would be interesting to read about our presidents.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. Blogged here: tried to add your button, but would not work.janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. I was able to add your button: (at) gmail (dot) com

  35. Clifford Big Red Reader: Clifford for President looks so fun

  36. I teach kindergarten. I think my kids would enjoy the Otto book!

  37. I subscribed!

  38. I would get “Dear America: Early Sunday Morning” for my niece.. it looks inspirational and even a bit of action.

  39. I would pick “March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World”. It’s about Martin Luther King Jr., who was instrumental in making it possible for a black run to become president.urchiken at gmail dot com

  40. We have the So you Want to be President and that is an excellent book! I have never seen that Obama figure. How funny! Can you imagine what a figure of yourself would look like? I don’t even want to see mine! ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

  41. Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents – 2009 Edition, Would be something that would be good I think!mommyhoodisthankless{AT}

  42. I blogged about this giveaway: Heremommyhoodisthankless{AT}

  43. I have your button on my blog: Heremommyhoodisthankless{AT}

  44. I like “Yes We Can! A Salute to Children from President Obama’s Victory Speech”

  45. the kids would enjoy the book-Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their times. That is the subject in school right now, I think I’d enjoy reading the booktiramisu392 (at)

  46. Ditto the Encyclopedia of the Presidents. That’s a nice reference for younger children through older children. But I’d want an edition that includes Obama.WANT. THAT. ACTION FIGURE.Great contest, thanks!

  47. Encyclopedia of the Presidents book looks awesome! Thanks so much.shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  48. I would love the Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times. I know so little about the presidents, this would be great to have for my kids!

  49. My 15 year old loves history. I know he would love to read “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer”.Thanks for the opportunity,BethreapingjoyATyahooDOTcom

  50. my daughter would love Clifford for President:) thanks for this awesome prize pack:) oh and the excitment lives on here at our house in tx too:)

  51. “The Kid Who Became President” looks like a fun book, what kid doesn’t dream of becoming the next President?

  52. My favorite is Yes We Can! A Salute to Children from President Obama’s Victory Speech. I like that it shows kids that they can get excited about Presidential elections. Thanks!skstigger (at)

  53. I would choose the so you want to be president

  54. I have your badge on my blog

  55. I’d get Yes We Can! My daughter and I are leaving for Inauguration today and this would be a terrific way to remember it!

  56. The encyclopedia of Presidents would be my choice. I think it would be handy for him as he gets older and fun for me too.thanksadams006 at hotmail dot com

  57. I’d have to say Clifford…I’m a big clifford fan.charlies_secret_angel2006 at yahoo dot com

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