The incoming First Dogs are getting a book of their very own.
Joy McCullough’s Champ and Major: First Dogs will be published next year by Penguin Random House imprint Dial Books for Young Readers, the Associated Press reports.
“Champ and Major’s dad, Joe Biden, just got a really important job: He’s going to be the new president of the United States!” the publisher says on a web page for the book. “Major is going to be the very first shelter dog to live in the White House, and Champ can’t wait to show his little brother around. Soon, Champ and Major will be in their new home, and they’re going to bring a lot of fun with them!”
German shepherds Champ and Major will be the first presidential pets since Barack Obama’s family dogs, Bo and Sunny, scampered around the White House four years ago.
“My pets have always been (and always will be!) rescues, and I was delighted to learn that with President Biden’s election, there will finally be a rescue dog living in the White House,” McCullough said. “I celebrated by writing this story!”
Champ and Major: First Dogs, illustrated by Sheyda Abvabi Best, is slated for publication on Jan. 19, 2021, the day before the pooches (along with their mom and dad) move into the White House.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.