Friday, September 5, 2008

The National Endowment for the Humanities Awards the NCBLA a Grant of $25,000 to Build

The National Endowment of the Humanities has awarded the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance a $25,000 grant to build a companion educational website for the NCBLA publication Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out! will be written primarily for adults who live with and work for young people—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians, teachers, librarians, mentors, coaches, and community leaders. We hope that the additional historical content, and the ideas and activities we present on the site, will help adults ignite young people’s interest in our nation’s past as well as provoke them to thoughtfully consider our future. In her introduction to the first White House historic guidebook, Jacqueline Kennedy wrote, “it never hurts a child to read something that may be above his head.” With that in mind, we also hope that many young people will find our site compelling and useful.

In you will find expanded Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out book content, as well as ideas, activities, and discussion questions related to book topics. And you will find an American history resource and literacy center, a guide to presidential field trip destinations, and an extensive young people’s bibliography. We will be continually adding to the site to include more book related content and activities, as well as information on civic education and media literacy.

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