Children’s Books on Their Way to the White House

Milton Terrace South Elementary School in New York state conducted their own election this month. Under the direction of their school media specialist, Susan Penney, the 3th, 4th, and 5th grade students in the gifted classes researched the current books in the White House library. They found very few for soon-to-be White House residents, Malia and Sasha Obama, President-elect Barack Obama’s two daughters.

Each grade at Milton Terrace South Elementary School nominated two of their favorite children’s books, and everyone in the school voted on the winning titles. 16 of the children’s books will soon be on their way to the White House. If you’d like to read more about the school’s literary voting, click on this link to SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL . 
CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White is one of the children’s books on their way to the White House. What would be your favorite book to send for Malia and Sasha to read?
If you want to find out more about the White House, go to and do some exploring of your own. 

Museum of the Dog Visit

On Sunday, I did have the wonderful opportunity to visit the Museum of the Dog. Originally, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog was located in New York City. But by 1981, the Museum had already become too large for its location.

In 1987, the Jarville House in Queeny Park (St. Louis, Missouri) became the new home for the Museum. The Jarville House’s history dates back to 1853 when John Renard, an early settler, built the home for his second wife. The red brick house is an example of Greek Revival architecture–one of the few remaining “outstanding examples” in the St. Louis area.

In 1989 a 14,000 square foot addition was constructed for the Museum, and the original carriage house was converted to the gift shop and offices. The completed Museum with its permanent collection formally opened in November 1990. It boasts “the country’s largest collection of art, artifacts, and literature on man’s best friend.”

Some top-notch dogs are pictured at the Museum. Here are two: Barney & Miss Beazley, in the White House International Diplomats’ Reception Room (by Constance Coleman, 2005)
This portrait shows none other than President George W. and Laura Bush’s dogs.