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Kids, pets, and the White House

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For parents hoping to use "Obama-mania" to seize upon a teachable moment, children's publisher Scholastic has put together a list of books about First Kids, pets, and life in the White House.

The one title that touches on all three is "First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents’ Children" by Noah McCullough.

For parents and children unfamiliar with Noah McCullough, now would be a great time to make his acquaintance. Not only are his books interesting (he has written two), but he also makes an excellent role model as he's only 13.

Impassioned by presidential politics when he was still in kindergarten (he became fascinated by the electoral college during the 2000 presidential election), McCullough sees it as his life mission to get other kids enthused as well.

He has made numerous television appearances and has speaking engagements across the US. He has also stated that he hopes to be the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States in 2032.

Also on Scholastic's list of presidential and pet-related reading for kids:

Books about First Kids & Living in the White House:

First Kids:

What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
By Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
ISBN: 0-439-92231-3 / 978-0-439-92231-9
Scholastic Press / March 2008
$16.99 / Ages 4-8
Brimming with affection, this spirited picture book biography brings young Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, to life, and gives readers a peek at what life was like as a president’s daughter.

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