The book Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Candlewick Press), featuring contributions by more than 100 authors and illustrators and an introduction by noted historian David McCullough, goes on sale today. All royalties are going to the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of young people's authors and illustrators that educates and advocates for literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts.
With a cause like that, everyone should buy a copy! Among the authors contributing to Our White House are Katherine Paterson, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Gregory Maguire, Patricia MacLachlan, Megan McDonald, and many others. Illustrations for the book were contributed by Brian Selznick, Chris Raschka, Peter Sis, Ed Young, Chris Van Dusen, Matt Tavares, Steven Kellogg, Bagram Ibatoulline, and others.
A companion website, www.ourwhitehouse.org, will feature educational resources and reference information, expanded content from the contributors, and activities and ideas to get children excited about American history and to inspire them to become civically engaged.