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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out is an extraordinary new book that will ignite young people’s interest in our nation’s past as well as provoke them to thoughtfully consider our future!

A creative tour de force, Our White House features the work of 108 award-winning contributors who have donated original art, poetry, nonfiction, historical fiction, and personal essays to help the NCBLA promote both literacy and historical literacy. Equally suited for home and classroom use, our book is interdisciplinary in nature and multicultural in outlook.  It stands on its own as an innovative concept covering 200 years of American history, but it also serves as a gateway book, inspiring young people to read more about our country’s rich heritage and culture. Our White House offers readers of all ages a vibrant way of looking at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – at the people who built it, have lived in it, and have been touched by it – and at the role we citizens have played in keeping it at the center of our astonishingly resilient and extraordinary democracy. This unprecedented anthology offers a dynamic view of American history that we hope will inspire young readers on their journeys to becoming the civic leaders of tomorrow!

For eight years, the NCBLA has worked with a talented team of editors and designers at Candlewick Press to create Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. We are thrilled, and grateful, that a number of award-winning authors and illustrators have contributed their work to this remarkable creative effort; not one contributor has received any financial reimbursement for this project. Contributing writers and artists include:

Stephen Alcorn, Gigi Amateau, M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Armstrong, Jeannine Atkins, Tony Auth, Natalie Babbitt, Mary Brigid Barrett, Sophie Blackall, Jess M. Brallier, Calef Brown, Don Brown, Joseph Bruchac, Robert Byrd, Meg Cabot, Eric Carle, Nancy Carpenter, Joe Cepeda, R. Gregory Christie, John Y. Cole, Michael Cooper, Susan Cooper, Marguerite W. Davol, Kate DiCamillo, Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon, Carol Dyer, Jane Dyer, Timothy Basil Ering, Lou Fancher, Russell Freedman, Tony Fucile, Jean Craighead George, Leonid Gore, Max Grafe, Barbara Harrison, Kevin Hawkes, Homer Hickam, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Polly Horvath, Bagram Ibatoulline, Paul B. Janeczko, Steve Johnson, Stéphane Jorisch, Steven Kellogg, Barbara Kerley, Ralph Ketchum, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Bob Kolar, Kathleen Krull, Jim LaMarche, Stephanie Loer, William Low, P.J. Lynch, David Macaulay, Patricia MacLachlan, Gregory Maguire, Leonard S. Marcus, Albert Marrin, Petra Mathers, David McCullough, Emily Arnold McCully, Megan McDonald, Fredrick L. McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack, Milton Meltzer, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Roxie Munro, Walter Dean Myers, Claire Nivola, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, Richard Peck, Stephanie True Peters, Matt Phelan, Jerry Pinkney, Tom Pohrt, Don Powers, Jack Prelutsky, James Ransome, Chris Raschka, Mike Reagan, Lynda Johnson Robb, Barry Root, S. D. Schindler, Jon Scieszka, Brian Selznick, Chris Sheban, Anita Silvey, Peter Sís, David Slonim, David Small, Jerry Spinelli, Sarah Stewart, Matt Tavares, Mark Teague, Stephanie S. Tolan, Chris Van Dusen, Diana Walker, Andréa Wesson, Terry Widener, Nancy Willard, Mark London Williams, Michael Winerip, Virginia Euwer Wolff, Jane Yolen, Ed Young, James Young, M.D.

Be sure to check out the NCBLA’s companion educational website www.ourwhitehouse.org. Here you will find expanded book content for Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out that includes additional primary and secondary source materials and articles, activities, and discussion questions related to book and website topics. Also included is an American history resource and literacy center, a guide to presidential field trip destinations, and an extensive young people’s bibliography.

For the latest news on Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, including promotional events, go to the NCBLA's blog spot at: http://thencbla.blogspot.com/