Book Signing at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History by Susan Castriota, Author of Children's Book "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" December 7, 2013

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The Smithsonian is pleased to welcome Susan Castriota for her 2nd book signing at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Castriota and her dog, Wilson, the character in the "Wilson's Wondrous Tails" book series, will be on hand to meet, greet and autograph books at the Main Store gift shop located on the 2nd floor from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM..

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If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. - President Harry S. Truman

The children's book "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" by award winning Author/Illustrator Susan Castriota is a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award winning book. It won a second-place award for Historical Fiction. The book, published in 2012, was edited by The WHITE HOUSE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. Castriota uses Wilson, her real-life adopted dog to inspire young minds to learn about the United States Presidents and White House History.

"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog!" exclaimed President Harry S. Truman.

Of our 44 Presidents, 31 had dogs during their period of residency in the White House. "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS", provides a wealth of information about the long and colorful history of dogs residing with adoring First Families. Dogs certainly played a significant role in providing comfort, affection, and love, particularly during times of challenge for our country and its leaders. Readers have the opportunity to learn: which president's dog was the first to be photographed; which dog starred in 2 MGM films; which dog had a dog house patterned after the White House, and much more.The book has been extensively researched and is historically accurate. "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" provides a wonderful means for children to learn about history through stories of treasured animals.

As an added learning tool, children will love to see Wilson recite all of the U.S. Presidents in his YouTube video, "Wilson and the White House Pups Book".

About the Author

Susan Castriota designed greeting cards of the White House. She also enjoyed numerous visits to the White House, including being invited to dine in the private dining room. Her most memorable and thrilling visit resulted from having been asked to design an ornament for the 2008 White House Christmas Tree and attend a reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. She met President George H. W. Bush, Vice-Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore and received a personal Birthday greeting letter from Pres. Bill Clinton. Every living U.S. President received a signed copy of the “WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" book. G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama replied with a note and autographed photos.

The book is available at, Amazon, The White House Historical Assoc. The Smithsonian, The National Zoo, The Kennedy Center, and many museums and gift shops in the DC area.

"WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS is Castriota's 3rd book from her book series "Wilson's Wondrous Tails". Castriota's other creations includes "Wilson Gets Adopted!", "Wilson Learns Manners!", "Wilson Won't Be Bullied!" and "Wilson & Bella's Big Apple Adventure!". Castriota has appeared on many TV and radio shows including Yahoo! home page, the Emmy winning The Doctors show and Fox News.

Meet Castriota and Wilson at the National Museum of American History (Main Store)14th Street & Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

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