Title: Leah Goes to Washington
Author: Leah Roddenberry
Publisher: Independently published
Genre: Children Book, Graphic Novel, Education
First Publication: 2021
Book Summary: Leah Goes to Washington by Leah Roddenberry
Leah Goes to Washington aims to educate elementary school students on the importance of political engagement, community service and setting big goals for themselves. Leah Goes to Washington also features a character cut out of the book’s title character.
Readers are encouraged to take “Little Leah” with them as they complete acts of service in their community and share photos on social media utilizing the hashtag #LeahsLeadHers to join an interactive community of servant leadership.
The book follows the title character, Leah, a young girl who aspires to become President of the United States and her journey within her local community, all the way to Washington D.C. and the Oval Office.
Book Review: Leah Goes to Washington by Leah Roddenberry
In this little book, a young girl, Leah, with aspirations to become President of the United States, provides the narrative of her journey within her local community to Washington DC and the Oval Office. By showing how to get involved in politics, more community service, and set quality goals, Leah Goes to Washington aims to develop civic engagement in elementary school students.
Having always been curious, Leah always yearned to learn more about the world around her. Following dinner one night, she walked into the living room and saw her parents closely watching the news about the 2020 presidential election. As Leah listened to this news, she became curious and shown her interest in becoming the president. Her parents were surprised to hear her boast, “I can be president! That’s easy!”
After her father explained what the president’s job is, Leah had shown interest to meet the president and see directly what he does as a president. Her parents supported this idea and suggested that she write a letter to the president. That is what she did the next day, and she sent her letter out to the president. A couple weeks passed by, and one day upon returning from school, Leah found an envelope addressed to her from the White House in her mailbox. The president gave her some task to complete before she can visit the White House.
Much of the book tells the story of a young Leah who always pushed the boundaries with regards to what was expected of girls and women. The book speaks to young children who have very big aspirations and inspires the success and happiness that comes from following your dreams. Leah’s character is an inspiration and a modest, decent, charming girl with a can-do attitude and a twinkle in her eye. Her story is an important one with a great message for youngsters, and the young at heart, to receive.
The best thing about this little book is there is just enough to enable a child to become curious yet not enough to overwhelm, which is crucial at this stage in their reading career, and the colourful, illustrations complement the text perfectly. I feel strongly that children should learn about the importance of having dreams and striving to achieve in life and that is the message the book gives out.
It’s a wonderfully engaging and simple to understand book that helps kids with literacy and fosters a message about the enjoyment of reading. You simply cannot go wrong with this book in general as everything is executed perfectly and tailored beautifully to youngsters. Leah makes a great role model for any child and her story encourages that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can be encouragement for greater things. Highly recommended.