Welcome to Scattered Story Time!

Kids can listen to great picture books and early readers, presented by both the authors themselves or the Scattered staff. We hope this provides excellent entertainment as well as fosters an early love of reading. Orders for books heard in Scattered Story Time can be ordered via our online store:

“If You Want a Friend in Washington” by Erin McGill:


A clever, funny, and informative look at the pets–from Calvin Coolidge’s wallaby to Teddy Roosevelt’s flying squirrels–that have passed through the White House gates. Perfect for fans of I Am George Washington and So You Want to Be President?

President Truman famously said, If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. And a dog is what many presidents got. From James Garfield to Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon, presidents often found a friend in Fido (in fact, Abe Lincoln’s pup was actually named Fido). Others preferred cats, horses, small critters, or even big, ferocious animals like bears and alligators. With a catchy refrain (If you want a friend in Washington . . ., ), this is a funny, educational book about the animals that have passed through the White House. Whether it’s favorite dogs like Barbara Bush’s Millie or the Obamas’ Bo; Abraham Lincoln’s cat, Dixie; Calvin Coolidge’s hippo, Billy; or Andrew Jackson’s foul-mouthed parrot, Poll, Erin McGill brings to life a menagerie of presidential pets in this entertaining, whimsical, and carefully researched picture book that’s perfect for animal lovers and history buffs alike.