Friday, January 23, 2009

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Honored by Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly Designates Our White House with Honorable Mention “Best Nonfiction Treatment of a Subject”

Each year Publishers Weekly awards its “Off the Cuff” awards (also known as “Cuffies”) to book retailers’ top picks in 25 various categories, ranging from “Favorite Picture Book” to “Book You Couldn’t Shut Up About.” Their recently announced list of 2008 winners includes Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out as the retailers’ Honorable Mention for “Best Nonfiction Treatment of a Subject.” The retailers' top choice for “Best Nonfiction Treatment of a Subject” was awarded to David Macaulay’s The Way We Work. Congratulations are due to all Our White House contributors, especially to Our White House cover illustrator David Macaulay!

View the entire distinguished list of “Cuffie” winners on the Publishers Weekly website at “The 2008 Cuffies.”

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out overflows with fascinating essays, stories, letters, illustrations, comics, and more by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators. The anthology is supported by a companion educational website,, which expands the book content with additional stories and articles and also provides activities and discussion questions related to book topics. Students young and old may relish the behind-the-scenes look into David Macaulay’s creative genius by viewing images of his preliminary sketches for the Our White House cover in the online article “David Macaulay’s Preliminary Sketches: Creating the Our White House Book Cover Illustration.”

Also included on is an American history resource and civic education center, a guide to presidential field trip destinations, and an extensive young people’s bibliography. Discover basic facts and legacy summaries about all our presidents in the website’s Presidential Facts center. And learn about our first ladies in the website’s First Lady Facts center.
Both Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and are projects created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance to not only promote literacy, but to also excite people of all ages about our nation’s rich history.
Learn more about how parents, teachers, and librarians can inspire young people using the Our White House resources in the online article "For Educators: Using Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out and in the Classroom."

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