LBJ Library is First Stop for new book on “First Kids”

Mar 06, 2007


Eleven-year-old Noah McCullough loves American presidents; he wants to be the Republican Party nominee in 2032. Noah also loves the LBJ Library and recently conducted research there for a book he is writing that is tentatively titled "First Kids." To be published by Scholastic, "First Kids" will be written for kids, by a kid, with stories that will make kids and adults laugh, then get them hooked on history. Readers will learn about games First Kids played, the vegetables they disliked, and inside stories of life inside the White House. Noah, a presidential expert, has written a book called "The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia" and has appeared on The Tonight Show and Oprah.

In October 2006, Noah and his mother, Donna, toured the Library while he was in Austin as a featured author for the Texas Book Festival. During the tour, LBJ Library Archivist Bob Tissing was so entertaining and informative about the Library's collections and research materials, that when Noah was approached by Scholastic to write a book about first kids, he told his mother, "Mom, we have to go to the LBJ Library. I know they'll have everything we need." Donna adds, "We love that it's free. Your archivists are so nice." The story gets better. The day Noah and his mother began their research in the Library's Reading Room, Lynda Johnson Robb, a First Kid herself, met the McCulloughs and provided first-hand material for the book. Lynda assured Noah that First Kids are just like kids everywhere. (If you want any more of Lynda's tidbits, you'll have to buy the book.) According to Noah, "She was awesome." "First Kids" is scheduled for publication in time for the November 2008 elections. In the meantime, Noah will be researching his book and giving speeches across the country. All the proceeds from Noah's speaking fees go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.