I was a weird kid.

My favorite day of the year was Book Character Day. I routinely read Redwall books in the lunch line. I was known to choose an evening with The Giver over a sleepover. (While recently volunteering as a judge for Tennessee's Letters About Literature contest, I was happy to see that tweens' interest in this novel is alive and well.)

And I LOVED reading Hillary Clinton's An Invitation To The White House: At Home With History from cover to cover. Multiple times. There was just something about going behind the scenes of the White House that completely captured my imagination as a kid, and still captures my imagination.

So I was delighted to see that our current First Lady, Michelle Obama, will write a book about her garden at the White House. The (as yet untitled) book will come out in April of 2012 from Crown Publishers. Per a press release:

Mrs. Obama will tell the story of the garden she has established on the South Lawn of the White House and explore how improved access to fresh, locally grown food can promote healthier eating habits for families and communities.

The First Lady did not take an advance for this book and will donate the proceeds to a charity.

Are you interested in the White House garden?

By the way, I apologize for all the posting about 2012 books, but hey—it's nice to have something to look forward to.

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