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Inside the White House

Next month our country will elect a new president. There will be new residents in the White House in Washington, DC. Why are there elections? What does the President do? Who were some of the young, unusual, or past residents of the presidential mansion? Read about the White House in fact and fiction -- and meet a variety of presidents in the pages of these books!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

George Washington's Teeth

By: Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

George Washington is well known not only as the first President of the United States, but also for his legendary dental problem. The rhyming countdown (as GW heads toward no teeth at all) introduces an historical figure with humor, verve, and real (if unusual) information.

Grace for President

By: Kelly DiPucchio
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An inspired teacher, the discovery of the fact that all U.S. Presidents (so far) have been male, and a tenacious girl provide the basis of a satisfying, surprisingly plausible story that explains the voting process in this country — including the Electoral College.

If I Were President

By: Catherine Stier
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Children describe the basic duties of the U.S. President, from campaign speeches to lighting the national Christmas tree. Cheery illustrations, simple text, and the position’s more pleasurable duties create a fine introduction to the office for younger children.

My Teacher for President

By: Kay Winters
Illustrated by: Denise Brunkus
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Since Oliver's class has been studying about elections and voting, he decides to nominate his teacher for President, and contacts a local television station, clearly stating her many qualifications! Humor abounds as the teacher's assets are juxtaposed with U.S. presidential duties — and with a real sense of child-like appreciation for what the teacher does.

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out

By: National Children's Book & Literacy Alliance, Mary Brigid Barrett
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Over 100 well-known authors and illustrators have provided pieces to this fascinating compendium about the White House. An introduction by historian David McCullough sets the stage for the varied offerings by diverse contributors. This handsome volume is ideal for sharing at home or in classrooms.

Wackiest White House Pets

By: Katherine Gibbs Davis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How are dogs, alligators, sheep, cats, and a host of other animals similar? They’ve all been residents of the president’s house as presidential pets! Comical illustrations combine with the often laugh out loud funny tales of pets in the White House.

What to Do About Alice?

By: Barbara Kerley
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What must it be like to live in the White House, especially if you’re not at all like other children of your time? Read about Alice — Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest child — and her unconventional approach to life in the White House.

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