Thursday, October 7, 2010

Classroom Kit on Becoming an American Citizen NOW AVAILABLE on

New Content Available in Our White House Paperback and Companion Educational Website

The award-winning art and literature anthology, Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, is now available in paperback at a teacher and family friendly price. This new edition features a NEW poem by Nikki Grimes about President Obama's Inauguration, as well as a coordinating illustration by A. G. Ford.

Nikki Grimes
is the New York Times best-selling author of the picture book Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (illustrated by Bryan Collier), as well as the Dyamonde Daniel series. Her latest book is A Girl Named Mister.

A. G. Ford
is the illustrator of Barack (written by Jonah Winter), which is a New York Times bestseller. His latest book is Goal!, written by Mina Javaherbin.

Classroom Kit on Becoming an American Citizen Now Available on Companion Educational Website
Supporting the educational outreach of Our White House is the NCBLA's companion educational website,, which expands the book content and presents additional ideas, activities, and discussion questions related to book topics.  

JUST ADDED to the website is "I Pledge Allegiance: Classroom Kit on Becoming an American Citizen." Written by staff writer Helen Kampion, the classroom kit provides everything teachers, librarians, and parents need to discuss and help young people learn about the steps involved in becoming an American citizen---from the application process to the test and Oath of Allegiance ceremony. The classroom kit also includes several classroom activities, two sample citizenship tests (with answer keys), the complete text of the Oath of Allegiance, and resources for additional information.

Also included on is an American history resource and literacy center, a guide to presidential field trip destinations, an extensive young people’s bibliography, and information on civic education. This substantive educational website has been named one of the American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids.

More About Our White House
Conceived and co-created by The National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance, this outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers and continuing through the present day, these highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family and classroom sharing -- and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.

Building on the logical links between literacy, historical literacy, and civic engagement, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance created Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out to encourage young people to read more about America’s rich history and culture; to think more about America’s future; to talk more about our nation’s leadership; and to act on their own beliefs and convictions, ensuring this great democratic experiment will survive and thrive.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough introduces this creative tour de force, in which 108 renowned authors and illustrators have donated their poetry, prose, and art to help advance the cause of young people’s literacy and historical literacy. The illustrations, essays, short stories, presidential letters, personal reflections, and historical accounts in Our White House inform and entertain, offering a window on more than 200 years of American history.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out continues to be available in hardcover at libraries and bookstores.

AWARDS for Our White House Best Book of the Year
Horn Book Fanfare Selection
American Library Association Notable Children’s Book for All Ages
International Reading Association Teachers’ Choice
National Council for Social Studies and the Children’s Book Council Notable
Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 
Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year for Children's Nonfiction
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

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