Monday, January 14, 2013

MORE Content ADDED to the Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!

The 2013 Presidential Inauguration
Is One Week from Today!
Engage Kids Using the
Our White House
Inauguration Celebration Kit

Involve the young people in your life in next week's inauguration using the Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids!
  • SHARE STORIES of inaugurations past with the young people in your life, and discover how the inaugural ceremonies have changed over the years in such articles as "Come One, Come All! How Technology Transformed Inauguration Day" by Heather Lang and "United by Voice and Vision: Thomas Jefferson's First Inauguration" by Renee Critcher Lyons.
  • LEARN why President Obama will be having TWO swearing-in ceremonies, and dig deep into the speech writing process in our exclusive interview with professional speech writer Thomas LaFauci.
  • Make PLANS to host your OWN INAUGURAL BALL using our ideas for writing POETRY, designing PARADE FLOATS, creating inaugural ART, cooking historic White House RECIPES, and MORE!
  • INVOLVE kids with hands-on activities, such as "Inaugural I SPY," "Be a Reporter for the Day," and "Design the Oval Office."
  • PLAY your own inauguration TRIVIA GAME using our lists of historical moments in past inaugural ceremonies and inaugural parades.
    Do YOU know: 
    * Which president was the first to take the oath of office outside?
    * Which president chose to AFFIRM rather than SWEAR his oath?
    * Which president was sworn in on an airplane?
    * AND which president's inaugural float was an aircraft carrier?!
Click here to visit the newly updated and expanded Our White House Inauguration Celebration Kit for Kids! 

An easy-to-print version is also available for free download on the document-sharing website at:

Some of the ideas and activities provided in the Kit are designed to coordinate with the content and illustrations in the NCBLA's anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, but most of them can be used independently of the book. We invite you to print and adapt content from the Kit as needed or to browse the pages using your smart phone, tablet computer, or laptop while on the go.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out was created by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance as a collaborative effort by over one hundred award-winning authors and illustrators. Our White House is an incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art, offering a multifaceted look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Our White House is available in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press.

Ask for Our White House
at a library or bookstore near you!