I've been interested in politics ever since I was about 6 years old, when my parents agreed to host a fundraiser for presidential candidate George McGovern. They never told me I should be a Democrat or adopt a specific political ideology, but they explained why they were supporting the Democratic candidate in that election, and I'm grateful they did. My early exposure to partisan politics sparked a lasting interest in political issues and American government, and by the time I entered college, I was already a political activist with very strong political opinions. After receiving a degree in government from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University, I spent the next ten years teaching American government and politics. Although I was teaching at some of the country's best colleges, it was apparent that most of my students knew very little about their government or the people who ran it. Sure, they'd all learned a few basic facts in high school, but most didn't really understand how the political system works, or why anyone should really care about it. Even more troubling was the fact that many of them seemed perfectly content (and often determined) to remain as politically uninformed and uninvolved as possible. While I never conducted any formal surveys of my students, it was clear that most of the politically active ones had been raised by parents who weren't afraid to talk about politics around their kids. My experiences merely confirmed what researchers have known for decades: children raised in households in which politics is a frequent topic of discussion are most likely to become politically active adults. Given my strong desire to see more Americans involved in politics and my support for progressive causes and the Democratic party, I wrote and self-published Why Mommy is a Democrat in November of 2005. The response has been simply fantastic. With over 25,000 copies sold in the first two years, Why Mommy is a Democrat is already one of the most successful self- published children's books of all time. Encouraged by the book's success, I self-published Why Daddy is a Democrat in 2007 and Mama Voted for Obama in 2008. I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and recently returned to Columbus afterspending several yearsin Madison, Wisconsin. I've also lived in New York City (was there for 9/11) and spent four years in Virginia.