First Lady to publish children’s book about family cat named after Willow Grove

Jill Biden, who spent part of her childhood in Willow Grove and attended Upper Moreland High School, is releasing a new book in June titled “Willow the White House Cat”.

The story is about the Biden family’s house cat, Willow (named after Willow Grove), adjusting to life in the White House after being adopted from a farm in Pennsylvania.

“As Willow bounds from room to room, exploring history in her new home, she learns quickly about all of the incredible people who make the ‘People’s House’ run,” Biden said in a statement.

“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,” she continued. “Making many new friends along the way, Willow’s journey gives the world a ‘cats-eye’ view of all the ins and outs of America’s most famous address.”

From the book’s description:

When Willow leaves her cozy barn for Washington, DC, and the big white house where she will now live, Willow discovers new rooms to explore and is welcomed by the nice lady she met at Farmer Rick’s farm. Soon, Willow meets so many new people—one who arranges the flow­ers, another who makes sweet things to eat, and the man with a nice smile who seems to be able to do everything at once. Even though they are much bigger and busier than she is, each of them always seems to have time to say hello and make her feel at home in the big white house. Willow enjoys discovering the White House and all the special people who make this house a home.

According to People Magazine, Willow joined the Biden family in January 2022, and jumped onto the stage where the First Lady was speaking during a campaign stop in the state in 2020.

The First Lady, 72, co-wrote the book with award-winning children’s author Alyssa Satin Capucilli. It is illustrated by Kate Berube and will be published by Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

To purchase a copy, you can click here.

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Photo: The White House