Nottingham to distribute kids democracy book in schools

Nottingham to distribute kids democracy book in schools

Nottingham City Council is to distribute Ellie Levenson’s book about democracy for children, The Election, to primary schools in the county.

Debra La Mola, head of democratic services at Nottingham City Council, said she ordered copies of the book to help children learn about voting in an election year.

“The children will be encouraged to take the books home to read and, through a message we have included with the book, their parents and carers will be reminded at the same time that they need to register to vote ahead of the elections in May,” she said.

About 40 schools in the area have requested copies of the books so far, she added.

Author and journalist Levenson raised the cash last year via Kickstarter to publish the book through her own publishing company, Fisherton Press.

Levenson said she was thrilled with the deal. “I really wanted librarians and teachers to know about the book but it’s hard when you don’t have a lot of money for marketing. So I spent a lot of time emailing every local authority member for education to let them know about the book. The interest from Nottingham came from that.”

Fisherton Press is printing 2,400 new copies of The Election with the Council's logo and a message reminding parents to register to vote printed inside. They will also include teaching resources such as a colouring sheet and lesson plans.

The Election, which is illustrated by Marek Jagucki, is also available to buy via the Fisherton Press website for £7.99.