I want to give a "Medal of Awesome" back to Kid President. If you are one of the "boring" ones who has not heard of Kid President, despite his meetings with everyone from President Obama to Beyonce, "life needs you to stop being boring ... You're gooder than that."
Kid President, a.k.a Robby Novak, age 10, is the author of all the awesome quotes in this post and the forthcoming "Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome," published through Harper Collins. He is also the television star of "Kid President: Declaration of Awesome" on the HubNetwork. Why do the River Royals love Kid President? The answers are way too many to list in one blog post, but at the top of that list is Kid President's similarity to River Royals' leading lady, Eliza Jane. You've got to love kids born/created on paper with that spunk and charisma. "Kids [like that] can change the world!" The first Kid President video that rapidly went viral was born out of "the simple belief that kids have voices worth listening to." We agree and have compiled a list of our favorite Kid President awesome executive orders.
First Awesome Order
"If you want to change the world, you gotta know about it."
Can kids change the world? YES, but knowledge is power! Remember singing about that thirty years ago on Saturday mornings with School House Rock? In addition to reigning as Queen of Mardi Gras, Eliza Jane wants to make kids powerful through learning about our world! Did you know that a raindrop falling in Minnesota's Lake Itasca will arrive at the Gulf of Mexico in 90 days? How is your knowledge of the California Gold Rush of the 1850's, King Henry VIII's temper and King Tut's childhood? If you want to change the world, you gotta know about it. That's where Eliza Jane comes in.
Second Awesome Order
"If life's a game, aren't we all on the same team?"
As Eliza Jane says, "Quaint little towns and big cities all work together to make America shine!" What a great job we have as parents and educators to teach our children about our awesome country. Fun ways we can do that include (1) Flying the American flag at our homes and teaching about Francis Scott Key's observations of the flag the morning after the last battle of the War of 1812; (2) Share patriotic media with your children such as Lynne Cheney's book, "America: A Patriotic Primer" and Disney's movie, "Johnny Tremain;" (3) Take family vacations to patriotic destinations including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Arlington National Cemetery, Gettysberg and Mount Vernon, to name a few; and (4) Write letters to elected officials and notes of thanks to our soldiers.
If all else fails to unite us as American citizens, bake cupcakes. "Cupcakes can bring us together."
Third Awesome Order
Become an army man.
"Because you get to make the world better when you're an army man."
Isn't that the truth? At the risk of providing spoilers, Eliza Jane might be eyeing a run at Admiral of the US Navy. More on that to come in River Royals Paddle the Potomac. Army man, Navy woman, Air Force man, Marine woman, you all deserve a "Medal of Awesome." Do your children understand the sacrifices that soldiers make to enable us to live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave? The River Royals authors' desire to share our love of country with the the youngest patriots, borne from our families' military backgrounds, is how the River Royals series began. We have wonderful pictures on our website of our fathers and grandfathers serving in Vietnam and World War II. Have you taught your children to walk up to service men and women in uniform at the airport to shake their hands and thank them? It's an awesome way to help children understand that our freedom isn't free.
The River Royals are traveling to our nation's capitol in a couple of weeks to celebrate these brave soldiers and their families. We have proudly partnered with Our Military Kids, Inc. to help provide grants for fine arts, sports and tutoring programs to children of Americans serving in the military. We are honored to donate books to all guests at Our Military Kids' Tenth Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C., including keynote speaker, ABC's Elizabeth Vargas, and members of Congress. Not bad company, Eliza Jane.
Fourth Awesome Order
"Don't stop believing, unless your dream is stupid ... Then get a better dream and keep going, keep going, keep going."
There are very few stupid dreams out there. The River Royals series started with a phone call from a friend that turned into years of "book nights" at Cafe Express in Houston, Texas, that turned into author visits at approximately one hundred schools last year, that turned into an agent on 5th Avenue in NYC. Who knows what's next, because "you [and I] were made to be awesome."
Fifth Awesome Order
"Read a book, any book."
Eliza Jane would tweak that slightly to say "any book in the River Royals series." Remember, knowledge is power.
Sixth Awesome Order
"Mail Somebody a Corn Dog."
Mailing somebody a corn dog just sounds like something Eliza Jane would be all over.
Go be awesome.