Monday, August 2, 2010

Presidential Weddings: NCBLA's Our White House:Looking In, Looking Out!

Chelsea Clinton Latest in Long Line of President's Kids' Weddings! 

Parents and Teachers - Use Presidential Weddings as a Great Segue Topic to Interest Your Kids and Teens in American History!

The above illustration crop of President Grover Cleveland and his bride Frances Folsom is by Nancy Carpenter from the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance publication Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, created to promote literacy and historical literacy!

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance purposely included "life style" and human interest stories in Our White House:Looking In, Looking Out, because we know that some kids need to be enticed into reading history and nonfiction! Some young people,and some adults as well,  need the lure of romance to become interested in presidential history, so in Our White House we included a piece by award winning author Jennifer Armstrong, on the wedding of President Grover Cleveland to the young and very beautiful Frances Folsom. Read it aloud to the star struck romantics in your family, and then share other "style" pieces with your kids and teens, too-- like sections on presidential pets, White House security and spies, behind the scenes sketches of the White House, White House ghosts, and so much more, all beautifully illustrated by our nation's most talented illustrators!

Find out more about Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out at  and be sure to check out these information pages on

The Horn Book Starred Review
“With something for adults and children alike is the sumptuous new anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. . . . The contributors are all luminaries of the children’s book field. A fascinating, eminently browsable, and accessible entrance into the People’s House.”

Order a copy of the NCBLA's  national award-winning book, Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out at your favorite bookstore, and ask for it at your local library, too!

  • 2009-2010 National Endowment for the Humanities We the People “Picturing America
    Bookshelf Award
  • 2009 American Library Association’s Great Web Sites for Kids
  • 2009 American Library Association Notable Children’s Book for All Ages, Nonfiction
  • 2009 National Council for Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • 2009 International Reading Association Teachers’ Choices Booklist Selection
  • Best Books of 2008 Top 10 Editors’ Pick for Middle Readers
  • Parents’ Choice Foundation Recommended Book Award, Fall 2008
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2008
  • The Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2008
  • Publisher’s Weekly 2008 Best Books of the Year, Children’s Nonfiction
  • Publishers Weekly 2008 Cuffie Award,Best Nonfiction Treatment of a Subject, Honorable Mention
  • Scripps-Howard News Service Favorite Children's Book of 2008