Welcome to the expanded world of Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance’s critically acclaimed publication about American history; a creative tour de force of original prose, poetry, and art to help young people become informed citizens. This section will enrich young people’s Our White House book experience, encouraging a compassionate and critical understanding of our nation’s past, and provoking a thoughtful consideration of our nation’s future. It is our hope that peeling back the layers of history will allow young people to view our leaders and significant national events in the light of human imperfection, struggle, victory, and loss, inspiring them on their journeys to becoming the civic leaders of the future.
The story of the White House is America’s story. And whether your ancestors walked over land, sailed the seas, or flew through clouds to get here; whether they came freely seeking refuge from tyranny or persecution, were brought here in manacles or chains, or came looking for adventure; whether they just arrived yesterday, or have been here for thousands of years, the story of Our White House is your story, too.
“Eight years in the making, as a special project of the National Children's Book and Literary Alliance, the arrival of Our White House is truly a major event in children's publishing.” Ellen Trachtenberg, The Children’s Book Page
The NCBLA’s remarkable book Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out was published in September, 2008, by Candlewick Press. In these pages, learn more about this “sumptuous pro bono volume,” and check out the Our White House back story and the latest Our White Housebook reviews.
These pages contain informative, entertaining, and, we hope, enlightening original content related to the presidency, the White House, American history, and pertinent current events information not previously published in Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.
Our White House Plus! provides a wealth of new information amplifying Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out’s dynamic view of more than 200 years of American history. These pages also provide great family and school activity suggestions, presenting discussion questions that are equally appropriate for kitchen table conversations and classroom debates. In addition, we include book resources, website links, and expanded Our White House contributor notes.