Bruce Kluger and
David Tabatsky first
met when their children
were in elementary
school together.
President Obama
their latest in a series of
collaborations that have
included articles for
Parenting magazine
and Sesame Street
Workshop, as well as
work on Marlo Thomas'
bestselling book,
Right Words at the
Right Time, Vol. 2:
Your Turn!
to read more about
Bruce and David
to read Bruce and
David's introduction to
Dear President Obama

    As creator and host
    of Nick News,
    Nickelodeon's long-
    children's series,
Linda Ellerbee was the perfect choice to
write the foreword to
Dear President
. "Reading these letters," she
says, "I consider what wonders we may
see if the kids of today can hang onto
this passion, this hope, this wanting to
do the right thing; if they can come
together to make change for the good,
and never, ever stop caring about their
country, Pay attention to their letters.
They are the future speaking to us."

Click here to read
more about Linda
Click here to read
Linda's foreword to
Dear President Obama
The 179 contributors to Dear President
Obama (
ages 4 through 18), come from
29 states, representing all regions of
the country. They sent their letters and
drawings to us by email, snail mail and
fax—and one even zapped her letter
directly from her iPhone. Many of the
kids will be creating video versions of
their letters, as a special feature of
this website. We'll be adding videos
regularly, so be sure to check back
soon. Meantime, click the play
button to the right and meet
some of the ObamaKids.
Some kids wrote their
letters in longhand, some
used a keyboard, and a
few even dictated theirs
over the phone. Still,
others chose colored
pencils and crayons to
express themselves.
Here's a special gallery
featuring just some of the
delightful artwork that
appears in the book.
Click here
Click here
On November 5th, 2008, writers Bruce Kluger and David
Tabatsky had a simple idea: to recapture the exhilarating
spirit of the 2008 presidential election from the perspective
of our nation’s youngest citizens.They emailed a handful of
friends, asking them if their children had something they
wanted to say to President-elect Barack Obama. Those
friends forwarded the email to
their friends—and within six
weeks, Kluger and Tabatsky had received nearly 1000
submissions. In the end, the same infectious enthusiasm
that had fueled the Obama campaign itself produced this
landmark book,
Dear President Obama: Letters of Hope
from Children Across America
(Beckham Publications
Group), a remarkable collection written and illustrated by
179 children from all regions of the country. “Kids really get
it,” writes veteran TV journalist and host of Nickelodeon's
Nick News, Linda Ellerbee, in her foreword to the book.
“They believe they can change their world. And that is the
kind of honesty you will find in these pages.”
* Click here to see Taylor's letter
Dear President Obama includes students from ten schools across the country who
participated in the project as part of a class assignment. Congratulations and thanks to:
Braeside School, Highland Park, Illinois
Clinton Elementary School, Lincoln, Nebraska
Cooper Middle School, McLean, Virginia
Hongwanji Mission School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Indian Woods Middle School, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Roosevelt Public School, Roosevelt, New Jersey
Trailridge Middle School, Lenexa, Kansas
Ulloa Elementary School, San Francisco, California
Urbana Middle School, Ijamsville, Maryland
Watchung Elementary School, Montclair, New Jersey
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Samantha Abelson, 10, California
Jack Adams, 4, Ohio
Ellie Adams, 6, Texas
Keane Alavi, 12, Virginia
Samir Al-Salimawi, 7, Nebraska
Matthew Anderson, 13, Virginia
Rebecca Atkins, 17, New Mexico
Shelby Auerbach, 8, Illinois
Nicole Azmoudeh, 13, Virginia
Emma Baker, 13, Maryland
Vergil Bandini, 12, Maryland
Andie Barber, 11, Michigan
Moli Becker, 13, Virginia
William Beimers, 11, Minnesota
Dillon Beliveau, 14, Vermont
Liam Beliveau, 10, Vermont
Helene Bergmann, 7, Illinois
Malia Berner, 13, Virginia
Hannah Blockis, 13, New Hampshire
Anna Bloomfield, 12, New Jersey
Emily Bloomfield, 8, New Jersey
Terrance Brockman, , Kansas
Juliet Bruce, 6, New York
Zachary Brunn, 8, Hawaii
Nathan Brunner, 13, Kansas
Robby Byrne, 14, Virginia
Brendan Cafferky, 13, Virginia
Daniel Cavazos, 7, Nebraska
Tiffany Chang, 7, California
Reid Charbonnet, 12, Virginia
Jefferson Choi, 13, Maryland
Theodore Colbert IV, 8, New Jersey
Cameron Cole, 13, Maryland
Evan Covey, 7, New York
Rachel Covey, 10, New York
Anish Dalal, 13, Maryland
Nicole Kathleen Dancz, 15, Georgia
Corinna Davis, 8, New Jersey
Jenna Dean, 14, Virginia
Amanti Debelo , 5, Nebraska
Nicholas R. DeHaan, 12, Kansas
Nyagaak Deng, 5, Nebraska
Caitlin Dillon, 8, Montana
Zoey Dillon Levine, 7, New York
Mackenzie Donahue, 11, Massachusetts
Carson Donnelly-Fine, 8, New Jersey
Damon Duchai Jr., 8, New Jersey
Hannah Engler, 14, Virginia
Kyle Fairfax, 13, Kansas
Jeremy Farmer, 13, Kansas
Aimee Faulkner, 13, Maryland
Cole Forrer, 13, Virginia
Rachel Franklin, 13, Kansas
Ashley Fulton, 7, Ohio
Larry Fulton, 11, Ohio
Cody Gibson, 12, Kansas
Samuel Goidel, 6, New Jersey
Alvaro Gonzalez, 12, Kansas
Anna Layne Goolsby, 8, Wisconsin
Jessica M. Goolsby, 15, Wisconsin
Allyson Rose Gordon, 8, Illinois
Naomi Grant, 11, Kansas
Mitch Halliday, 17, Washington
Taymour Hashemzadeh, 13, Virginia
Jamie Haughton, 10, California
Trace Hefner, 7, Illinois
Charlotte Heinrich, 7, Illinois
Eleanor Heinrich, 13, Illinois
Harrison Heinrich, 10, Illinois
Camille Heubner, 13, Alaska
Maya Heubner, 13, Alaska
Mr. Hiler’s Class, Illinois
Kara Hirschman, 12, Maryland
Gabriel Hoffman, 7, New Jersey
Rukiya Holland-Thomas, 5, New Jersey
Tara Hosseini, 13, Virginia
Rachel House, 5, New Jersey
Gabrielle Husko, 8, New Jersey
Tyler Jewell, 14, Kansas
Ashley Leah Johnson, 13, Virginia
Lauryn K. Johnson, 13, Virginia
Shannon Keene, 13, Virginia
Connor Kelley, 13, Kansas
James Clayton Kennedy, 13, Virginia
Matthew Kirchner, 5, Ohio
Emily Kluger, 11, California
Audrey Kluger, 9, New York
Bridgette Kluger, 13, New York
Trevor Kosa, 9, New Jersey
Nyir Kuek, 9, Nebraska
Hannah Lammin, 8, New Jersey
Justin Lee, 7, California
Taylor Lengel, 7, Nebraska
Hannah Levine, 12, New York
James Liebenson, 15, Illinois
Hender Lin, 7, California
Julian Lopez-Castillo, 8, New York
Mateo Lopez-Castillo, 12, New York
Devin Ly, 7, California
Casey Mack, 14, Connecticut
Ryan Mack, 8, Illinois
Angelica Majorczyk, 8, New Jersey
Devon Maloney, 14, Virginia
Eden Mandell, 7, Illinois
Kate McCarty, 16, New Jersey
Brooke McDonough, 13, Virgina
Alexa Mikk, 13, Maryland
Sophie Millar, 9, New York
Emily Mitnick, 13, Maryland
Jacey Moriguchi, 8, Hawaii
Matthew S. Morris, 13, Maryland
Clairice Mortenson, 11, Utah
Edgar L. Mortera, 13, Kansas
Garrett Mould, 12, Kansas
Aaron Muzer, 9, New Jersey
Rachel Myers, 12, Virginia
Chris Negiz, 14, Virginia
Dora Neiden, 7, New York
Evan Neiden, 9, New York
Emily Ng, 8, New Jersey
Anthony Nguyen, 7, Nebraska
Tommy A. Nguyen, 9, Nebraska
Alix Nyden, 12, Virginia
Isaac Pagano-Toub, 8, New York
Tara Pagano-Toub, 10, New York
Adam Pardo, 13, Virginia
Jalen Parker, 13, Pennsylvania
Naya Patel, 13, Virginia
Jason Phan, 5, Nebraska
Cole Pietsch, 7, Colorado
Crystal Raines, 8, New Jersey
Hamzah Raza, 12, Maryland
Caroline Reames, 9, Florida
Chloë Reames, 12, Florida
Zoë Reames, 15, Florida
Eric Steven Rhum, 8, Illinois
Cori Ritchey, 12, Virginia
Julian Rosenblum, 12, New York
Nathan Rupp, 14, Kansas
Jenny Ryoo, 14, Virginia
Waleed Saifan, 13, Kansas
Smith Sarah, 13, North Carolina
Ashwin Sekar, 12, Maryland
Madeline Sheridan, 4, Virginia
Hania Sienkiewicz, 7, Illinois
Kylie Skelton, 13, Kansas
Tasha Slavin, 11, Missouri
Cecilia Smith, 13, Kansas
David L. Smith, 14, Maryland
Patrick W. Smith, 12, Maryland
Timothy Paul Smith, 9, Texas
Allie Soto, 14, Kansas
Ainsley Stadler, 7, Texas
Carsten Stadler, 9, Texas
Jawann Stennis, 13, Kansas
Josh Sternberg, 17, Massachusetts
Addie Straus, 13, Maryland
Katja Stroke-Adolphe, 10, New York
Camille Sullivan , 8, Nebraska
Stella Lemper Tabatsky, 12, New York
Michael Talley, 13, Maryland
Nathaniel Janus Teng, 7, California
Zach Thomas, 12, Maryland
Nolan Eliza Tobin, 6, New Jersey
Vreeland Tobin, 8, New Jersey
Wyatt Clyde Tobin, 4, New Jersey
Katharine Tobler, 13, Maryland
Judy Truong, 9, Nebraska
Connor Welsh, 14, Virginia
Luca Wernick, 7, New York
Paola Wernick, 10, New York
Meredith Wheelock, 13, Maryland
Joshua Winston, 9, New Jersey
Jackson Woodard, 9, North Carolina
Ashley Wu, 8, California
Erina Yamamoto, 13, Hawaii
Kyla Yamashita, 8, Hawaii
Hunter Zimmerman, 8, New Jersey
Ever Emilio Zuniga, 9, Nebraska

In April, President Obama met with foreign policy advisors
to address the war and famine in the Darfur region of Sudan,
in northern Africa. One of the contributors to
Dear President
—Tasha Slavin, 11, of Missouri—wrote to the President
about the dire situation in Darfur, but rather than express her
thoughts in a letter, Tasha wrote a poem.
Take a look.