The Road to the White House
Who’s Haunting the White
House? The President’s Mansion
and the Ghosts Who Lived There.
by Jeff Belanger. illus. by Rick Powell.
Come explore the spooky world
inside the White House! It’s one
of America’s most famous and
haunted homes, so keep your eyes
wide open for darting shadows,
ghostly apparitions, and lurking
creepy creatures. We’ll hear
true, scary stories from past
Presidents and First Ladies, as
well as from staff who work
there every day and have had the
chance to see it all. It’s the
perfect election year book; as
adults decide who will move in,
kids can enjoy thinking of what
the new inhabitant might
encounter in the building’s many
rooms and hallways.
Ghosts of the White House
Sara is excited about going on a field trip to the White House. Once there, she is unexpectedly pulled ("Magic Schoolbus" fashion) into a portrait of George Washington and given a grand tour by Mr. Washington himself. As they move from room to room, Sara meets the ghosts of the men who made this very special house famous. The approach is neither chronological nor alphabetical. Instead, each room is associated with a few presidents. Readers will find Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower in "The Map Room" briefly discussing D day while Millard Fillmore and Richard Nixon discuss their similarities in "The China Room." Numerous speech balloons are full of little-known facts and imagined opinions. For example, Harry Truman tells Sara about the deteriorated state of the White House in 1945 while exclaiming that the current need to check visitors with metal detectors "makes me mad!" Sidebars contain additional facts including dates of birth and death, nicknames, and term dates. An illustrated time line and an explanation of the office of the president is included, and the five still-living presidents are given brief treatment on a separate page. While the detailed watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations and the curious tidbits of information make this volume a potentially appealing browsing item, be aware that its lack of traditional organization and presentation of opinion as fact hinder its use as a source of reliable information.
Eames, New York City Public
by Gibbs Davis, illus. by Sally Wern Comport
Kids will be
kids—even when they live in the
White House! From Tad Lincoln
(secretly called a “tyrant” ) to
the Roosevelt gang (who kept a
pet badger, a rat, dogs, snakes,
horses, parrots, and a
one-legged chicken!) to the
Kennedys (who used the oval
office as a playground) to
Chelsea Clinton (who transformed
herself from an awkward teen
into an accomplished scholar),
the children featured in First
Kids shared a unique experience
and role in American history.
Grace for President
Kelly Dipucchio, illus. by LeUyen Pham
"Where are the girls?"
When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the "best man for the job"--and seems to have captured all the male votes--while Grace concentrates on being the best person.
In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.
by Kate Feifer, illus. by Diane Goode
What if a boy ran for president and won?
Being a kid isn't easy, just ask Luke Pennybaker. Chores, school, homework, and more chores. Who needs it? Sent to his room for a time-out, Luke devises a plan to run for president and make like fair for kids once and for all.
As "Pennies for Pennybaker" builds momentum, Luke's campaign takes hold across America. Being president of the United States is all a kid could hope for - or is it?
Completely plausible and surprising, Kate Feiffer and Diane Goode's spirited collaboration is sure-fire inspiration for presidential hopefuls across the land.
See How They Run:
Campaign Dreams, Election
Schemes, and the Race to the
by Susan Goodman, illus. by Elwood H. Smith
Using witty anecdotes and clear explanations, acclaimed writer Susan E. Goodman takes readers from the birth of democracy to the Electoral College; from front porch campaigning to hanging chads. It’s all here, spiced up with Elwood Smith’s witty illustrations, hilarious sidebars, photographs, and solid back matter. It’s a landslide victory: See How They Run stands above the rest as the most accessible, informative, and enjoyable election book on the market.
Our White House: Looking
in, Looking Out.
National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
Our White House:
Looking in, Looking Out
is an astounding collection
featuring more than 100
award-winning children's book
authors and illustrators. It is
much more than a history about
the home and office of U.S.
presidents and their families.
Commissioned by the National
Children's Book and Literary
Alliance, this stunning picture
book transcends the bounds of
educational textbook, or any
particular genre, for that
matter. It includes essays by
historians and well-known
nonfiction writers (like David
McCullough), fictional stories,
poetry (including a memorable
poem about Lincoln and a
butterfly by Kate DiCamillo),
imagined letters to the
president, texts of actual
speeches, memoir (including an
essay by Linda Johnson Robb
about the eerie history of a
White House room where she once
stayed), transcripts of TV
interviews, and clever games
such as a "Best in Show"
presidential pet contest and a
"Who's in the House?"
presidential board game. Among
the book's most captivating
features are the "illustration
essays" which feature stories or
ideas rendered completely
through pictures. Notable
examples include David Small's
sketch journal "Backstairs at
the White House," depicting all
the people who work in the house
and keep it running, and
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
"Four Freedoms" speech
illustrated by Calef Brown,
Peter Sis, Ed Young, and Stephen