Nyack Mayor To Join Author at School Visit

Mayors Around the U.S. Give a Thumbs-up to Picture Book About a Mouse Who Runs for Mayor of New York City


New York artist/author Kip Cosson’s newest picture book, Meece for Mayor of New York City, is a great read for teaching even the youngest children about the voting system-a perfect read for this election year.

Mayors from all across the country are reading this book to children and teaching them about our electoral system in an educational and entertaining way. 

On Thursday, Cosson and Nyack Mayor Jen White are visiting Upper Nyack Elementary to do a reading and talk to students about the importance of voting.

Cosson had sent the book to White, said John Brown, of South Nyack.

"Jen responded positively and she’s going to join Kip at the Upper Nyack Elementary school. The mayor is going to talk about voter responsibility and possibly have a Q & A session with the kids," said Brown.

White's review on the website reads:

"I LOVE it...what a GREAT, GREAT book for kids. And even though I am not Mayor of Manhattan, I am a lover of Manhattan and you mention all of our favorite places!  Meece is very clearly well equipped for the job...and I was so pleased to see such a civilized campaign.  I would love to have you visit and read with me in our elementary schools!"

The illustrated book follows the adventures of Meece Mouse, who decides to run for Mayor of New York City. As part of his campaign, Meece and his campaign manager, Ned Penguin visits all five boroughs of New York City.  After a speech at the Intrepid Museum, Meece meets with a community of birds at the High Line, and visits some of his smallest constituents at the Purple Bug Society in Central Park. A voting ballot at the end of the book allows children to cast their own vote, giving them an early experience of participating in our electoral system. 

"One of Kip’s projects is the voter project. He’s disappointed about the lower voter turnout and he goes around to grade schools talking about the voting process and how important it is. He brings the mayor of the town with him," said Brown. "(Cosson) reads from the book, the mayors sometimes reads and they talk to the students about the electoral process."

Brown is friends with Cosson and both own homes nearby to each other in Sullivan county. 

"My wife suggested (Cosson) send it to different mayors and he got a great response from mayors all over the country. He’s very passionate about how so few ppl show up on election day to vote."

More reviews from Mayors can be viewed at: www.MeeceForMayor.com

About The Author Kip Cosson is a Texan who lives in New York’s Greenwich Village. He launched Kip Kids of New York in 1991 by hand painting his artwork on children’s clothing. This is the third book Kip has written and illustrated; his first two are Ned Visits New York (2006) and Ned & Meece-The Wheels of New York (2009).

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