Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Presidents' Day!

Use Today's Holiday to Learn More About Our Presidents 

Read, Research, Question, Learn!
Rich resources abound to help you share information about America's presidents with the young people in your life. Delve deeper into America's past in the NCBLA's art and literature anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. 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 is available in both hardcover and paperback. The new paperback edition features a NEW poem by Nikki Grimes about President Obama’s inauguration!
Free Resources in!
The companion educational website to Our White House ( hosts a vast array of resources to make learning more about our presidents and history fun. Here are just a few:

"The Eloquence of Silent Cal," a profile of President Calvin Coolidge by Katherine Paterson.

"Presidential Menageries: George Washington, Hound Dogs, and Super Mules," a history of our first president's passion for animals by Mary Brigid Barrett.

"Presidents, the President’s House, and More: A Select List of Books (and a Few Web Sources) for Children and Young Adults," an extensive list of book and website recommendations by children's literature expert Maria Salvadore.

"Presidents Are People Too!" and "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My" both by Heather Lang

"A Taste of the Past: White House Kitchens, Menus, and Recipes," a look at White House kitchens and menus by Mary Brigid Barrett.

"The Oval Office: The World's Most Famous Office" by Geri Zabela Eddins.

Additional Online Resources!
Keep in touch with the Obama presidency at

Read about the meaning of Presidents' Day on

Check out the vast resources available on the Smithsonian's History Explorer website! Featured today is the history of George Washington's uniform

Review classroom activities and resources in "Great Presidents" on