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Presidential Debates and the Importance of American History

Fox News / October 14, 2016 / Callista Gingrich

Millions of Americans tuned into the second presidential debate on Sunday night to witness one of the more anticipated events in recent political history. In many households, the sense of suspense was likely significant -- to the point that even children noticed the drama.

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Video: Newt and Callista Gingrich Share New Books on Fox Business

Fox Business Network / October 13, 2016

‘Treason‘ author and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, (R-GA), and ‘Hail to the Chief‘ author Callista Gingrich join Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network to discuss their new books.

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Video: Newt and Callista Gingrich on Their New Books Hail to the Chief and Treason

Fox News Channel / October 12, 2016

Newt and Callista join Sean on Hannity to discuss their new books, Hail to the Chief and Treason.

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Video: Newt and Callista Gingrich Discuss Their New Books

Fox News Channel / October 11, 2016

Newt and Callista kickoff their Hail to the Chief and Treason book tour with joins Steve, Ainsley, and Brian on ‘Fox & Friends.’

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The Meaning of the American Presidency: An Elephant to the Rescue

Gingrich Productions / October 7, 2016 / Callista Gingrich

This extraordinary presidential campaign has generated so much news and attention that even children are wondering what is happening.

Trying to explain to young people the importance of the presidency and its vital role in our lives can be challenging.

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Callista Gingrich: Learning History is a Civic Responsibility

The New Hampshire Union-Leader / December 1, 2015 Callista Gingrich

New Hampshire voters are famous for taking seriously their first-in-the-nation primary, a tradition that gives them a leading role in American politics. As someone who had a front row seat to New Hampshire’s presidential nominating contest four years ago, I was impressed with the voters’ commitment to this civic responsibility. It was inspiring to watch citizens test candidates, meet many of them personally, and insist on leaders who listen to their concerns. New Hampshire sets a high bar for those who seek to lead our country — and rightly so.

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The Danger of Politically Correct History

CBN / November 23, 2015 / Callista Gingrich

It is increasingly difficult to find any topic — especially a controversial one — on which 71% of Americans agree, but that’s the number who think that political correctness is a serious problem in our country, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Perhaps that’s not as surprising as it may seem. At almost every school, college campus, and workplace, there are indications that political correctness is out of control.

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A Failing Grade In U.S. History

The Daily Caller / November 5, 2015 / Callista Gingrich

Our country’s educational system got its report card last week, and it wasn’t encouraging. In this year’s Nation’s Report Card, an index of student achievement in eight academic subjects, American students of all ages fell even further behind in several important areas. In mathematics, for instance, fourth and eighth graders scored worse than they did two years ago, with only 40 percent of fourth graders and 33 percent of eighth graders reaching grade-level proficiency. In reading, eighth graders took a significant step backward, with only one in three students at proficiency.

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To Respect Our Founding Documents, You Need the Truth About American History

PJ Media / November 4, 2015 / Callista Gingrich

The Father of the Constitution, James Madison, wrote that the rules set out in our founding document are just “parchment barriers.”

Madison was making an argument for the Constitutional checks and balances intended to best ensure a limited federal government, while reminding that the system the Founders established — a system that has kept Americans free for more than two centuries — works only when citizens recognize and respect its wisdom.

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Newt and Callista Gingrich Discuss Their New Books

The Washington Examiner / November 4, 2015 / Lori Lundin

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Washington Examiner Q&A host Lori Lundin interviews Newt and Callista Gingrich about their new books, Christmas in America and Duplicity.

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Making American History Come Alive

The Blaze / November 17, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

A video has been circulating on the internet in which a student at a large university asks her peers basic questions about American history. The results are quite distressing. To the question, “Who won the Civil War?” she receives such responses as “America?” Another student replies, “You mean the one in 1965?” Two of them wonder, “Who was even in it?” And worst of all, “What Civil War?”

The college students are equally confused when the interviewer asks, “What country did America gain its independence from?” But perhaps unsurprisingly, when asked, “What television show is Snookie on?” and “Whom is Brad Pitt married to?” every single student answers correctly.

Not long ago, most people would have thought it unlikely that students could go to college without knowing that there was a Civil War or understanding why we celebrate the Fourth of July. But sadly, these same interviews could be repeated on almost any college campus and reveal a similar ignorance about American history.

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From Sea to Shining Sea Children’s Book about American History

Parenting Healthy / November 17, 2014

Remember Ellis the Elephant? He is back with another American history adventure for you and your child. This is the fourth in the author, Callista Gingrich's series where Ellis explores America and educates your child in fun ways about our early history. In From Sea to Shining Sea, your child will meet George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea and more as Ellis heads West to explore the Lewis and Clark territories. Freedom began to spread from coast to coast and you will take this journey with Ellis in Sea to Shining Sea.

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Books Make Great Holiday Gifts!

SoCal City Kids / November 15, 2014

Looking for children’s books this holiday season? They make great gifts for young readers! Here are a few of our favorites!

From Sea to Shining Sea by Callista Gingrich

This is a delightful book with amazing illustrations and a great way for young children to learn about history! Children will love this adorable Elephant!

A patriotic American history introduction for young children, From Sea to Shining Sea follows an adorable elephant named Ellis in exploring the early years of the United States and the epic journey west into uncharted territory with Lewis and Clark. Charming rhymes and beautiful illustrations make the 50th reading as fun as the first, for children as well as adults!

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An Urgent Need to Grow Historical Literacy

Washington Times / November 13, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

Last week, millions of Americans participated in Election Day, gathering to cast votes that will help decide the future of our country.

The crowds at polling places on Election Day are often an inspiring sight, as people of all backgrounds line up to take part in this important civic act. This year’s results remind us that voting is a right that really does matter.

Today, anyone who’s a citizen of the United States is allowed to vote. While the memory of this week’s midterm elections is still fresh in our minds, it’s worth pointing out that this November also marks the anniversary of another inspiring vote in American history — one which was significant as much for who was voting as for what they were voting on.

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Callista Gingrich: My Books are About Patriotism and Our Nation’s Humble Beginnings

Newsmax / November 11, 2014 / Courtney Coren

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Despite the controversies surrounding Common Core, Callista Gingrich has written her bestselling history series "Ellis the Elephant" to comply with the federal educational standards.

"Whether or not you like Common Core, it is a fact as it exists in almost each of our 50 states," Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

"It's very important to have educationally sound principles, but we need to avoid politically driven messaging," she explained.

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Callista Gingrich: Most Schools Teach Revisionist History

Newsmax TV / November 7, 2014 / Courtney Coren

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Most schools teach a politically correct revisionist American history, Callista Gingrich said on Newsmax TV on Friday, which is why Gingrich said she developed the “Ellis the Elephant” history book series for young children.

"Unfortunately, today many of our schools are failing to teach our history, including our founding principles and values and instead teach revisionist or politically correct history," Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint."

"As a result, they are really missing out on the basics of what it means to be American," she explained.

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Regnery Kids, Regnery History Take Four Awards in Book Festival

PR Web / November 5, 2014

Regnery Kids and Regnery History are pleased to announce four books that have won awards in the 2014 Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival. The awards, hosted by JM Northern Media LLC honor “the best stories from the world of dogs, cats, horses, wild beasts, birds, insects, reptiles, and other creatures great and small.”

Regnery Kids and Regnery History books that received awards include:

From Sea to Shining Sea by Callista Gingrich, received an honorable mention in the Wild Card category.

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Courage and Determination

Townhall.com / November 3, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

With the 2014 elections just a few days away, many Americans are justifiably worried about the future of our country. They feel that America is on the wrong track in what has been a somewhat difficult year.

Americans have watched a deadly epidemic, Ebola, make its appearance in the United States. We have watched the Middle East became more dangerous. We have watched a crisis develop on our southern border, and we have watched the government fall short of our expectations from the Veterans Administration to the IRS to the Justice Department.

This is the right time to be reminded that persistence matters. That courage matters. That determination matters. And most of all, that America has overcome extraordinary challenges before.

These are the very lessons that Ellis the Elephant learns in From Sea to Shining Sea, my new children’s book about a young nation and the great expedition of Lewis and Clark.

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Forgetting Where We Came From

U.S. News and World Report / October 31, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

Next week, Americans will cast their votes in hundreds of House, Senate and state races across the country. We’re asked to choose between two parties with very different visions for the future of our country. It would be easy to get discouraged and think that our votes don’t matter. But, in fact, our history has shown that those we elect, and their vision for our country, can make a big difference.

President Ronald Reagan famously described his vision of the Cold War as “we win, they lose” – and that’s what happened. President John F. Kennedy pledged to send astronauts to the moon within seven years – and he did. And President Abraham Lincoln promised to save the union – and with the sacrifice and heroism of the American people, he succeeded.

Perhaps more ambitious than any of these goals, however, and what made them all possible, was President Thomas Jefferson’s vision to grow America from 13 relatively small British colonies into a nation spanning an entire continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

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Newt and Callista Gingrich Talk Latest Books in Bucks

Bucks County Courier / October 30, 2014 / Kimberly Burton William Tennent

Last Friday, I had the privilege to interview Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista.

If you’ve never heard of Gingrich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been living under a rock. He is a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and was a presidential candidate in 2012. He’s written many nonfiction and fiction novels about historical events, politics and the like.

His wife, meanwhile, is a movie producer and writes a set of children’s novels based on historical events.

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Can America Recover Its Pioneering Spirit?

P.J. Media / October 29, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

Americans have good reason to be proud of our country’s many achievements in science and technology. The U.S. is home to Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world, and to 16 of the world’s top 20 scientific universities. Many of the essential devices we use every day such as the television, automobile, airplane, internet, personal computer and smartphone were invented by Americans.

The passion for scientific discovery in America goes all the way back to our nation’s founders, many of whom were deeply engrossed in the sciences as well as the politics of their day. In addition to authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was an excellent mathematician and a prolific inventor. Beginning in 1797, Jefferson served as president of the American Philosophical Society, the country’s leading scientific institution.

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The Gingriches and Ellis the Elephant’s Author in Houston!

Houston Chronicle / October 28, 2014 / J.D. Ward

While the book signing evening Houston is now over, the children’s series that Mrs. Gingrich created is not only adorable but educational–for both children and their parents–so please read on! Please check out my interview below and the links for more information on the book series as well as Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich’s book tour schedule. Thank you Gingrichs for including Houston in your travels! We love Ellis!!

I respectfully could not attend, due to 24/7 nursing care required, for a St. Bernard who has a serious eye injury. (Wish I could have though–I’d love to meet another writer, especially since I, too, would love to write a children’s series about all of the rescue dogs who have touched my life over the years.) I asked Callista to answer a few questions to give us a little deeper insight into her motivation to both write–and to reach out to children.

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Newt and Callista Gingrich Share New Books on Good Morning Texas

WFAA / October 27, 2014

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Newt and Callista Gingrich join Carrie McClure on Good Morning Texas on WFAA in Dallas to discuss their new books. Callista discusses her new children's book, From Sea to Shining Sea, the fourth installment of the New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series, and Newt discusses his new policy book, Breakout.

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Lesson in History — Lewis and Clark Take On the West

Newsmax / October 27, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

There are moments in American history that are too improbable even for a Hollywood movie. The Lewis and Clark expedition, which explored the Louisiana territory and mapped a route to the Pacific, was full of them.

One especially dramatic moment occurred in August 1805, when Meriwether Lewis finally crossed the Continental Divide. Lewis was farther west than any American citizen had ever been, and he stood on the ridge of the highest mountains he’d ever seen.

On the other side, Lewis had expected to find the mythical Northwest Passage, a rumored water route to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, stretched before him as far as he could see were “immense ranges of high mountains still to the West of us with their tops partially covered in snow” — an awesome sight in late summer, but also a dispiriting one when he considered the journey ahead.

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Restoring Trust in America’s Future, From Sea to Shining Sea

Human Events / October 23, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

It’s time to restore trust in America’s future. And introducing our children to the great history of our country may be a powerful first step. If we can learn the facts of our past achievements it will help us understand that we can solve the problems of today to create an even better future for America tomorrow.

Polls tell us Americans overwhelmingly believe our country is on the wrong track. People worry about our economy, foreign threats, potential epidemics, failing bureaucracies and gridlock in Washington.

However, focusing on what currently worries us may not be the best way to get to a better future.

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Callista Gingrich Inspires Kids to Embrace American History

CNN / October 23, 2014

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Callista Gingrich is used to the political spotlight but she is also getting attention and acclaim as a children's book author.

Gingrich has just released her fourth book about American history, “From Sea to Shining Sea."

Gingrich says in this book, Ellis the Elephant discovers a growing nation on a great expedition with Lewis and Clark.

She appeared on "New Day" to speak about the book and how it is meant to celebrate the history of the United States.

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Motherhood Moment Interview with Callista Gingrich

Motherhood Moment / October 20, 2014

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

The Ellis the Elephant series is a cute way for children to learn about important historical eventsin our nation. The newest book, From Sea to Shining Sea, takes Ellis the Elephant along the great expedition of Lewis and Clark. He learns about the Louisiana Purchase and how it expanded the United States from thirteen colonies along the Atlantic all the way to the Pacific. He also learns how inventors developed technologies like the steamboat to power America’s expansion.

I loved this book. As a homeschooling mom, it's fun to see things I can incorporate into the day that are educational and kid-friendly. My girls enjoyed the book too, and even my younger daughter, age five, paid attention throughout the whole story. My older daughter, age seven, loved telling her dad what she learned when he got home.

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Callista Gingrich: My Kids’ Books Aren’t Political

The Hill / October 15, 2014 / Judy Kurtz

Callista Gingrich says kids (and adults) need look no further than an illustrated elephant for lessons on dealing with the current fractured, polarized political world.

The wife of former Speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has just penned the newest book in her Ellis the Elephant series, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

“I think in reading some of these stories about our nation’s history, kids can understand that we’ve been through troubled times before, and we’ve always managed to rally, to gain opportunity for a better future through those difficult times,” Gingrich tells ITK.

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Don’t Let U.S. History Be Forgotten

CNN / October 15, 2014 / Callista Gingrich

Elections such as the one approaching in November tend to focus Americans on our differences. We intensely debate competing visions for the future of our country. We listen to a variety of candidates try to persuade us to vote for them. And we watch as intricate coalitions become majorities.

It is a fascinating process, and it’s somewhat miraculous that it works.

This is an enormous country. From the woods of Maine to the streets of Manhattan to the beaches of California, America is an incredibly complex nation that millions of people call home.

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Callista Gingrich’s New Children’s Book on Fox and Friends

Fox News Channel / October 14, 2014

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On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Callista joined the hosts of Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel to discuss her new children's book, From Sea to Shining Sea, the fourth installment of her New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series. During the interview Callista explains her goal in writing these books, and why it is so important today to teach young people the unique traits that define our nation and make America exceptional.

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Callista Gingrich Has More in Common with Russell Brand Than You Might Think

Washington Post / October 13, 2014

Quick, what does Callista Gingrich, wife of former house speaker Newt Gingrich, have in common with kooky British actor Russell Brand?

Hint: It’s the same thing she shares with Madonna, Will Smith and Jerry Seinfeld. This unlikely collection of folks are all authors of children’s books. Gingrich’s latest kiddie tome debuted today. “From Sea to Shining Sea” is the fourth installment of the history-for-kiddos “Ellis the Elephant” series, and follows the title character (he’s an elephant, see, just like the GOP mascot!) in a Zelig-like historical journey with explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

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Courage and Determination

Gingrich Productions / October 13, 2014 / Newt and Callista Gingrich

With the 2014 elections just a few weeks away, many Americans are justifiably worried about the future of our country. They feel that America is on the wrong track in what has been a somewhat difficult year.

Americans have watched a deadly epidemic, Ebola, make its first appearances in the United States. We have watched the Middle East became more dangerous too, after 13 years of American soldiers at work there. We have watched a crisis develop on our southern border, and we have watched government fall short of our expectations from the Veterans Administration to the IRS to the Justice Department.

This is the right time to be reminded that persistence matters. That courage matters. That determination matters. And most of all, that America has overcome extraordinary challenges before.

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Book Review: The Ellis the Elephant Series

The Washington Times / January 21, 2014 / Michael Taube

Writing a book of fiction or nonfiction is a difficult task. There’s an enormous amount of choice for reading material. It’s a highly competitive environment. Properly gauging your audience can be hit or miss. Readers can also be fickle creatures.

This is nothing compared to writing a children’s book, however.

The Russian writer Maxim Gorky said, “You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better.” Children are picky readers and tough consumers. They know exactly what they want in a book, and will ignore what they perceive as inferior products. According to children’s literary agent Andrea Brown, “the best children’s book writers are not people who have kids, but people who write from the child within themselves.”

Callista Gingrich, wife of former GOP House Speaker and CNN’s Crossfire panelist Newt Gingrich, fits this bill perfectly. Since 2011, she has written three superb children’s books on important events in American history. Young readers are guided by the smiling Ellis the Elephant (who is bound to make some Republicans happy), and will enjoy Susan Arciero’s beautiful illustrations. Each book also contains a list of resources for curious young minds who crave to learn even more.

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Remembering Our Patriots This Christmas

Gingrich Productions / December 24, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

This Christmas will mark 237 years since George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River to surprise the Hessian troops at Trenton.

That cold and snowy night, General Washington’s army embarked on a dangerous river crossing and marched nine miles to fight the enemy at Trenton.

Barely half of the men were healthy enough for battle, and hundreds collapsed along the march. A few died of exposure on the way. Many soldiers didn’t even have shoes, and left a trail of blood in the snow.

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This Holiday Season, We Must Teach Our Kids the Blessing of Being American

The Daily Caller / December 19, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

December 19th marks the 236th anniversary of General George Washington and the Continental Army’s arrival at Valley Forge. Here a tired and ill-equipped army would camp for the winter during one of the bleakest periods of the American Revolution.

In 1777 the Continental Army was exhausted and nearly defeated. The troops were poorly fed and clothed. Disease was rampant and supplies were scarce. The Army had but a single axe to construct the first buildings at the camp, and Congress had no money to pay for new supplies.

Some soldiers deserted. There were even rumors about a plot to replace Washington as commander. The British were just miles away, occupying Philadelphia, the greatest city in colonial America. Everyone worried that the war for independence would soon meet a sad end.

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Giving Thanks for America

Breitbart / November 27, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

Americans have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Whatever challenges we might face, many of us are blessed with friends and family with whom we will spend this holiday weekend.

As we gather with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for something we all share -- that we are blessed to be American.

It can be easy to forget how fortunate we are to live in this country -- the only nation in the world founded on the revolutionary ideas that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Callista Gingrich’s Elephant Tales

Politico / November 25, 2013 / Patrick Gavin

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For the spouses of 2016 presidential wannabes, Callista Gingrich has some good news about campaigning: It’s not as bad as it might seem.

“It’s really a blessing to be a part of the process, to travel across this country, to see so many wonderful people, to experience so many wonderful things,” said Gingrich, who toured the country in 2012 alongside her husband, Newt Gingrich, during his bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. “Hard to complain,” she added.

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Preserving Our Belief in American Exceptionalism

The Hill / November 21, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

When Russian president Vladimir Putin wrote his infamous op-ed for the New York Times earlier this year, he concluded by rejecting the idea of American exceptionalism. His thoughts sparked outrage among many. Sadly, however, a majority of young Americans found themselves agreeing with Putin's charge.

In a recent Pew Research Center survey, only 34 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 said they believe America is the greatest country in the world, while a majority of Americans 65 and older still believe this to be true.

There are probably several reasons for this generational divide. For decades now we have failed to teach our children American history and the principles that define it -- that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These founding principles are embedded in our nation’s past and are at the heart of American exceptionalism.

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Preserving American Exceptionalism

The PJ Tatler / November 19, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

It is vitally important that young Americans learn why America is unique. Unlike many nations, defined by geography, ethnicity, and language, America is a country defined by great ideals.

This means that anyone can learn to be American. And over three centuries, tens of millions have arrived on our shores to do just that. The big ideas that define America — that all men are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — draw many people here.

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Callista Gingrich Trumpets her Patriotic Kids' Book Featuring Ellis the Elephant

Leader-Telegram / November 6, 2013 / Rachel Minske

Gordon Fimreite has a difficult time keeping in touch with an old high school friend, especially because that friend is married to 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

“She did a Facebook post,” Fimreite said. “I didn’t even know she was coming to town. I just thought I’d come say ‘hi.’ ”

The friend is Callista Gingrich, Whitehall native and a 1984 graduate of Whitehall Memorial High School. She stopped by Books-A-Million in Eau Claire Tuesday evening to sign copies of her latest book for children, “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

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Preventing Historic Amnesia

Human Events / November 4, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

Each generation of Americans has faced the challenge of preserving freedom for the next generation. At times, this task has centered on the ballot box. At others, it has led to the battlefield, and to incredible sacrifice overseas and at home. Perhaps most frequently, however, the front line of defending freedom has been in the classroom.

For more than two centuries, we have recognized the importance of teaching our children the ideas and principles our country was founded upon, and of helping them to appreciate the courage and commitment of those who came before us.

We must make sure each new generation of Americans learns and understands what it means to be American. Unfortunately, recent surveys show that many students today are failing to learn American history. Indeed, for two generations we have watched our nation’s memory of the past slowly slip away.

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Callista Gingrich: Preserving the America We Love

Newsmax / November 3, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

In a world of incredible change, it’s vital that young Americans learn American history.

America is a large and diverse country, founded upon common principles and values that have drawn millions of people here from across the globe for over 200 years. It’s critical that each generation learns about the ideas and traditions upon which our country has been built, and understands the sacrifices of those who came before us.

This means that each new generation must learn American history to understand what it means to be American.

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Preserving America's Greatness

Townhall / October 31, 2013 / Callista Gingrich

It's vitally important that young Americans learn American history.

Our country’s strength has always come from being a “great melting pot,” a nation open to people from all over the world who want to become American.

For more than 200 years, a love of our founding principles and values has drawn millions of people to this country.

While America remains “a city upon a hill” for many around the globe, we must make sure each new generation of Americans learns and understands what it means to be American.

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Gingrich Guides Kids through 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'

CBN / October 31, 2013 / David Brody

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Most Americans know the classic song, "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Now it's also the title of a children's book written by Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

It's the third installment of her series following Ellis the Elephant through a guided tour of American History. The books are written for 4 to 8 year olds.

In "Yankee Doodle Dandy," Ellis the Elephant discovers the American Revolution and how we became a free and independent nation.

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Teaching the Story of America

U.S. News and World Report / October 28, 2013 / Peter Roff

I was fortunate enough to have been coming of age just as America was preparing to celebrate the bicentennial of her birth. The national celebrations that began in the early 70s and culminated in the parade of "tall ships" past the Statue of Liberty was, for me, a period of prolonged personal education into how America had come to be and why the country had become what Ronald Reagan used to call "a shining city on a hill," a symbol of freedom to the rest of the world.

There were a number of books available at the time that told the story of the American Revolution at a level suitable for young adults. The one I remember best is Nathaniel Benchley's "Sam the Minuteman." It is a short but compelling tale of a young boy called to action as British troops march on Lexington, Mass. the night someone fired "the shot heard 'round the world." It left me with the lifelong impression that any American, even a young one, could be a patriot and that we all had a special part to play in achieving and preserving our liberty.

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Callista Gingrich to Newsmax: Book Tells Kids 'Truth' About Revolution

Newsmax / October 24, 2013

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Children need to learn more about the Revolutionary War so they can appreciate the immense struggles that went into the founding of the United States, Newt Gingrich's wife, Callista, tells Newsmax.

She has come out with a children's book to tell the story of the Founding Fathers.

"Yankee Doodle Dandy" is the third installment of her New York Times bestselling series aimed at readers ages 4-8.

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After the Show Show: Callista Gingrich

Fox & Friends / October 16, 2013

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Callista Gingrich stops by After the Show Show on Fox and Friends to talk about American history and her new children's book, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

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Creative Ways to Teach Your Children About American History

Fox & Friends / October 16, 2013

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Callista Gingrich unveils her new book, Yankee Doodle Dandy, on Fox and Friends. American history and her new children's book, Yankee Doodle Dandy.

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Callista Gingrich: My Book's Patriotic -- Not Political

HLN TV / October 14, 2013

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You may know Callista Gingrich from the work she's done alongside her husband, Newt, during his political career, but did you know she's also an author?

Her new book for kids is called "Yankee Doodle Dandy." It's the third in her "Ellis the Elephant" series about American history.

Gingrich tells HLN's Robin Meade her books are meant to be patriotic -- not political -- and that kids today don't have a "collective patriotic memory." She hopes to change that.

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The Gingriches and Elephants

CNN / October 7, 2013

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Newt and Callista Gingrich join CNN’s Piers Morgan on Piers Morgan Live to discuss Mrs. Gingrich’s new children’s book, Yankee Doodle Dandy, the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Ellis the Elephant series.

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America’s Students Failing to Learn History

CNN / October 7, 2013

It’s vital that young Americans learn the history of our amazing nation.

Being an American requires knowing what it means to be an American. It’s the fabric that binds us together and helps us understand who we are.

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Passing on the Lessons of American History

Gingrich Productions/ October 7, 2013

This month’s government shutdown and the frenzy surrounding it are a perfect reminder of why it is crucial that every American learns American history. The context of this conflict is much larger and more important than the daily public relations maneuvering we see on the news.

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Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride’: America is An Exceptional Nation

Human Events / October 18, 2012

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Harsanyi : Hi I’m David Harsanyi from Human Events. Happy to be here with Callista Gingrich, author of Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, a new children’s book. Thank you for being here.

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Callista Talks with Jennifer Green on The Steve Deace Radio Show

The Steve Deace Radio Show / October 15, 2012

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Jennifer Green: Our next guest is Callista Gingrich, who has written another children’s book that tells some of the true stories of our American history, using her little elephant, Ellis. Mrs. Gingrich, thank you very much for joining us tonight. I sincerely appreciate it and have been looking forward to this interview.

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Callista Discusses Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride on the Steve Gill Radio Show

The Steve Gill Radio Show / October 9, 2012

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Steve Gill: Callista Gingrich is with us. She has a new children’s book, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride. Ellis the Elephant is back, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the jungle. Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is out with another destined to be New York Times Bestseller children’s book. Written and illustrated by Callista Gingrich and Susan Arciero. Ellis is again as educating and entertaining as he discovers the thirteen colonies.

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Callista Shares Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride on The Dana Loesch Radio Show

The Dana Loesch Radio Show / October 8, 2012

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Loesch: I love this time of year. One of the reasons I love this time of year is because it provides an excellent opportunity to help my kids and your kids to study Colonial history, the founding of our country, the story behind Thanksgiving. Last year, Sweet Land of Liberty was a great book by Callista Gingrich.

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Callista Gingrich: I Want to Teach Children What It Means to be American

Newsmax.TV / October 6, 2012 / John Bachman and Patrick Hobin

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Callista Gingrich told Newsmax.TV that she wrote her new book, “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride,” to help teach children how the characteristics of Americans were shaped in the colonial period, why the U.S. is an exceptional nation, and what it means to be an American.

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Callista and Newt Join Raymond Arroyo on The World Over

EWTN / October 4, 2012

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The former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, recaps the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Callista Gingrich joins Newt to discuss her new children’s book, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, in which Ellis the Elephant discovers the thirteen colonies and how American began.

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Callista Gingrich Shares Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride on The Mike Huckabee Show

The Mike Huckabee Show / October 3, 2012

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Mike: Welcome back to the Mike Huckabee Show, on this Wednesday, a debate day in the United States of America. Newt and Callista Gingrich are good friends of mine and Callista did a children’s book called Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride. Well the first one was called Sweet Land of Liberty, it became a New York Times Bestseller for children, the story of Ellis the Elephant who went across the nation to see how America became an exceptional nation. Well Ellis is back!

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Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride

Human Events / October 3, 2012 / Newt and Callista Gingrich

When you cast your vote for president on November 6th, you won’t just be deciding between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, but making a choice about whether we remain dedicated to the values and principles that have characterized America from our very beginning, or whether we cast those beliefs aside.

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Callista Shares Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride on Hannity

Hannity / October 2, 2012

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HANNITY: And welcome back to HANNITY. Now close to Gingrich’s campaign heart for her husband during the Republican primaries. Now she is working just as diligently to help insure that our children know how this great country was formed.

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Morning Joe: Callista Gingrich Writes Children’s Book on American History

Morning Joe / October 2, 2012

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Mika Brzezinski: Joining us now is Callista Gingrich. She’s the president of Gingrich Productions and author of the new children’s book “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride.” Her second book featuring Ellis the Elephant. Also at the table we have editor of the Financial Times Julian Tett, Mike Barnicle, and Steve Rattner still with us as well. I would consider this a counterintuitive line up. What do you think? I like it. This is what we do. Callista, welcome.

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Callista and Newt Join Sean on The Sean Hannity Radio Show

The Sean Hannity Radio Show/ October 1, 2012 / Sean Hannity

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Sean: You have written your second children’s book, its Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride, its an outstanding book, with the return of Ellis the elephant.

Callista: Well thanks Sean, thanks for having us on this afternoon. We are really excited about Ellis and Land of the Pilgrims Pride.

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Callista Gingrich Talks About New Children’s Book on the Today Show

The Today Show / October 1, 2012

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David Gregory: Back now with wife of former republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. She is also the author of bestselling children’s books, getting kids excited about American history with help from an adorable elephant named Ellis. The second in the series is called “Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride.” Callista Gingrich, good morning.

Callista Gingrich: Thank you for having me.

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Newt, Callista, and Ellis in Las Vegas

The Atlantic / October 18, 2011 / Molly Ball

Newt Gingrich, his wife Callista and the cartoon elephant that travels with them sold over 100 books at a Las Vegas Barnes & Noble store on Tuesday — both his book, A Nation Like No Other, and hers, Sweet Land of Liberty, a children’s book about a history-loving pachyderm. Callista’s book is currently outpacing her husband’s on the best-seller lists.

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Callista Gingrich ‘On the Record’

On the Record / October 14, 2011 / Greta Van Susteren

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST ON THE RECORD: Now Callista Gingrich. She’s been busy on the campaign trail with her husband, Newt Gingrich. Somehow, though she found time to write a children’s book. It’s called “Sweet Land of Liberty.” Nice to see you, Callista.

CALLISTA GINGRICH, AUTHOR SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

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Newt Praises Callista's Book

Politico / September 28, 2011

Between debates and media appearances and the usual “I’m running for president” activities, Newt Gingrich is also doing PR for Ellis the Elephant.

Ellis is the furry star of Sweet Land of Liberty, a new children’s book penned by Newt’s wife, Callista Gingrich.

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Newt Praises Callista's Book

Human Events / September 28, 2011 / Newt Gingrich

One of the most exciting events this fall for me personally is the arrival of Ellis the Elephant.

As you know, I love American history. Having coauthored eight historical novels, I would say finding creative ways to tell the American story has been one of the main objectives of my career.

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Callista Gingrich’s Book Makes Amazon’s Best Seller List

ABC News / September 27, 2011 / Arlette Saenz

A Gingrich has one of the top-selling books in the country, but it’s not Newt.

His wife, Callista, released her first children’s book, “Sweet Land of Liberty,” Monday, and it has jumped to No. 3 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

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Callista Gingrich Pens a Children's Book

Politico / September 27, 2011

Callista Gingrich wants America to meet an elephant named Ellis.

The wife of GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has written a children’s book called Sweet Land of Liberty and appeared on “Fox and Friends” with the main character on Tuesday. Callista brought along someone in an elephant suit (Newt? Is that you?) to discuss the illustrated book.

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Callista Gingrich’s Sweet Land of Liberty

Fox and Friends / September 27, 2011

STEVE DOOCY, HOST: There’s a massive push to highlight the importance of math and science in our schools but in doing so are we ignoring history? According to last year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 13 percent of America’s high school seniors were proficient in American history. Well, Callista Gingrich is trying to change all that with her brand new children’s book. It’s called Sweet Land of Liberty and she joins us live along with Ellis the Elephant.

BRIAN KILMEADE, HOST: Right.

CALLISTA GINGRICH, AUTHOR, SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY: Thanks for having us.

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Callista Gingrich on Mission to Educate Kids About American History

Hannity / September 26, 2011 / Sean Hannity

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: While presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is campaigning hard to take down the president in 2012, his wife Callista is trying to educate our kids about American history. She’s the author of the brand new book, “Sweet Land of Liberty.”

Callista, good to see you. Welcome back.

CALLISTA GINGRICH, AUTHOR “SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY”: Hi, Sean. Thank you for having me.

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Callista Gingrich Releases ‘Pro-America’ Children’s Book

The Daily Caller / September 26, 2011 / Laura Donovan

Callista Gingrich, spouse of GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, released a children’s book Monday about United States history titled, “Sweet Land of Liberty.” Callista, who is president of Gingrich Productions, worked with illustrator Susan Arciero to create a book that explains our national history through rhymes.

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Callista Gingriches Hang Out With Elephant Mascot

Washington Examiner / August 10, 2011 / Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams

Here’s a sighting we might be seeing for awhile. Earlier this week a Yeas & Nays spy caught GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich with his wife Callista outside near Union Station. They were with a group of people, who looked to be staffers. And they were with a man wearing an elephant costume.

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Callista and Newt’s Furry Pal

Politico / August 3, 2011

There was a walking, waving, pink and gray elephant in the room with Callista Gingrich last week and on Wednesday, her husband Newt mentioned the smiling mammal in his newsletter.

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