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Mar 15, 2023 Washington, D.C.

The White House Historical Association has released a new children’s book: Rocco at the White House Easter Egg Roll! Eight-year-old Rocco Smirne is among the lucky children who’ve had the opportunity to attend many White House Easter Egg Rolls and in 2022, Rocco was even invited by President and Dr. Biden to read his book, Rocco Travels with the Presidents, at the event. His experiences were so memorable and fun, he wanted to share them with as many children as possible to let them know what to expect at the White House and also how to create Easter Egg Roll magic at home.

In this book, Rocco shares the many activities that take place on the White House grounds on Easter Monday including rolling and hunting for eggs, listening to music of the Marine Band, decorating cookies, taking drawing lessons, and gathering around authors as they read their books aloud. Rocco also shares a sugar cookie recipe for kids to bake and decorate, provides ideas for re-creating the White House Egg Hunt at home, and provides step-by-step directions for drawing lessons.

Rocco is also co-author of the award winning A White House Alphabet and author of Rocco Travels with the Presidents!

Purchase Rocco at the White House Easter Egg Roll!

This title retails for $9.95.

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Author Biography

Rocco Smirne attends elementary school in Fairfax County, Virginia. He enjoys attending festivals, parades, and activities in the Nation’s Capital. When not out exploring, Rocco enjoys reading, drawing, and playing video games. Rocco is co-author of A White House Alphabet and author of Rocco Travels with the Presidents!

Illustrator Biography

John Hutton is a professor of art history at Salem College, and the illustrator of a collection of children’s books published by the White House Historical Association. Hutton lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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About the White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. She sought to inspire Americans, especially children, to explore and engage with American history and its presidents. In 1961, the nonprofit, nonpartisan White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion’s legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association’s mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the Association has given more than $100 million to the White House in fulfillment of its mission.

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