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Jill Biden’s New Book Offers a Furry Perspective of the White House


This summer, the corridors of the White House are set to open in a way they never have before—through the eyes of a whiskered explorer. Dr. Jill Biden, the First Lady of the United States, is taking readers on a unique journey into the heart of the nation’s most prestigious residence with her forthcoming children’s book, “Willow the White House Cat.” Co-authored with the acclaimed children’s writer Alyssa Satin Capucilli and brought to life by illustrator Kate Berube, this book promises to be a delightful exploration of history, friendship, and discovery, all from a feline’s perspective.

A Tale of Paws and History

“Willow the White House Cat” isn’t just another addition to the myriad of children’s books; it’s a personal story from the First Lady herself, inspired by the Bidens’ tabby cat, Willow. This charming tale follows Willow’s adventures as she adjusts to her new, grand surroundings after being adopted from a farm in Pennsylvania. What makes Willow’s story so captivating is not just her spirited explorations but the light it sheds on the unseen heroes of the White House—the dedicated people who keep the ‘People’s House’ running.

Beyond the Velvet Ropes

Jill Biden’s narrative goes beyond merely recounting Willow’s curious wanderings; it serves as a homage to the warmth and care extended by the staff of the White House. Through Willow’s eyes, readers are introduced to the unsung heroes of history’s corridors, offering a unique ‘cat’s-eye’ view that humanizes the iconic residence. “They welcomed Willow with love and care, just as they did Joe and me, the First Families who came before us, and all of the people who step foot into this home,” the First Lady reflected in her statement.

A Chance Encounter Turned Lifelong Friendship

The story of how Willow came to be part of the Biden family is as serendipitous as it is heartwarming. During a campaign stop in 2020 in Jill Biden’s hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the tabby made an unforgettable entrance by leaping onto the stage where the First Lady was speaking. Named after the town of their fateful meeting, Willow’s journey to the White House is a testament to the unexpected friendships that shape our lives.

A Message for the Young and Young at Heart

Willow’s story is more than just an entertaining tale; it carries a profound message about openness to new experiences and the joys of unexpected friendships. “First Lady Jill Biden has created a heartwarming picture book with Willow the White House Cat,” says Jon Anderson, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. “The message that being open to new friendships can sometimes surprise you, is one that is sure to resonate with families everywhere.”

A Furry Ambassador of the White House

As Willow prances from one historic room to another, making friends and unraveling the secrets of her illustrious home, she becomes an ambassador not just of the First Family but of the warmth and inclusivity that the White House strives to represent. This book invites readers, young and old, to view the White House not as a distant symbol of power, but as a home filled with stories, laughter, and, of course, a little bit of feline mischief.

With “Willow the White House Cat,” Dr. Jill Biden adds another touching story to her repertoire, capturing the imagination of young readers and offering a fresh perspective on a place that holds so much American history. As readers turn the pages, they will discover not just the adventures of a small cat in a big house, but the timeless message that home is where the heart—and perhaps a friendly cat—resides.