Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote: More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why


Declare Yourself is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on increasing citizen participation in local, state, and national campaigns. With a forward by Norman Lear and an introduction by America Ferrara, 50 celebrities from all walks of life share their personal stories about the importance of participating in the voting process.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Everyone will benefit from reading this interesting and creative approach the subject of the importance of the electoral process. The manual can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the audience to be served. This is an excellent tool.

Student review: This book will teach you what you can do for your own community and yourself during election time.

Content Awareness Factors:

Student reviewer: It seems to be a little long reading the same thing.

Young Reader Reaction

I picked this book because I liked the cover and the topic. After the first chapter I thought it would be very educational and that I would have to think about the book from everyone's perspective, and take into account what I knew about them before reading their story about their experience and advice for future elections. I liked that celebrities wrote their experiences with voting, especially the ones with the story about before they became famous. I also liked that they chose a variety of people for this book. The stories taught me the value of voting and that my vote can and does make a difference.

Parent Reaction

The purpose of this book is to encourage increased voter participation at every level of the electoral process. Using celebrity testimonials to engage the reader provides the opportunity to answer the question of why voting is so important. At that point, the Declare Yourself program provides the reader with a simple step-by-step guide to registering and voting.

Type of Book:
This is a collection of essays about the importance of being active citizens written by widely recognized Americans, from political writers to rappers.
Educational Themes:

This is a primer for getting young adults to register to vote. The life stories shared by celebrities and the simple process of registering make this a recipe for success.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Reviewed by a student at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. Use this excellent resource to educate non-voters on the importance of participation in the electoral process. The notoriety of the celebrities and their personal testimonials about the importance of voting engage the reader and encourages him/her to

Title Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote: More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why
Author Declare Yourself
Publisher Collins, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN 9780061473166
Material Paperback
Cost $11.99
Genres Anthology, Civics
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