Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Updated with NEW Web Exclusive Articles

Our White House Educational Website: Now Even Better! 

As an Internet companion to the award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, the NCBLA's educational website seeks to provide informative and exclusive articles that expand the rich content of the book. Also included on are activities for the home and classroom, research resources, and discussion questions to help parents, teachers, and librarians excite and engage young people about American history, politics, and civic life.

Four New Articles Added!
The NCBLA is thrilled to announce the publication of the following four new articles on Each article comes complete with activities, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

Presidents Are People Too!
In this article written for young people in grades 4 through 6, writer Heather Lang provides descriptive anecdotes of the quirks and flaws of many of America's presidents, providing crisp snapshots of our chief executives' humanity. Discover what you and the young people in your life might have in common with our presidents!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Wild Animals at the White House

The White House isn’t just the home of our president and his family. Going all the way back to George Washington, the White House has been the home for many animals too. Guest writer Heather Lang invites you to read about some of our presidents' favorite pets, as well as a few that "earned their keep."

Discover how the Christmas tree became a White House tradition and how farmers across America compete to grow the “Grand Champion” selected to adorn the White House each year in this informative article by guest writer Renee’ Critcher Lyons.
Written by staff writer Helen Kampion, this comprehensive 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.

What Other Resources Are Available on
You won't want to miss the American history resource and literacy center, a guide to presidential field trip destinations, an extensive young people’s bibliography, and information and resources dedicated to civic education. This substantive educational website has been named one of the American Library Association's Great Web Sites for Kids.

Our White House Now Available in Paperback
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out---an outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art---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.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out continues to be sold in hardcover and is also available in libraries across the country.