Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.

Fast friends Bo (left) and Sunny hang out on the White House’s North Lawn. (Pete Souza / The White House)

Meet Sunny, the New First Puppy

America’s First Family adopts another Portuguese water dog

By Jennifer Marino Walters | null null , null

Bo Obama is no longer the only First Dog barking around the White House. On August 19, the First Family welcomed a new puppy—a playful female named Sunny. Like Bo, the curly-haired Sunny is a Portuguese water dog.

“Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo—full of energy and very affectionate,” White House officials said last week. “The First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.”

Though Bo and Sunny are the same breed, Sunny is all black, while Bo is black and white. She is 14 months old, and Bo is nearly 5 years old. The two quickly became friends, running around the White House’s North Lawn with a pink flamingo dog toy.

“[Sunny] jumps higher [than Bo]; she’s friskier,” Obama told reporters. “He is trying to keep up, [but] he’s loving it.”


The Obamas got Bo shortly after they moved into the White House in 2009. During his 2012 victory speech, President Obama said, “For now, one dog’s probably enough.” But he changed his mind because he felt Bo was getting lonely now that the President’s daughters, Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, are growing up.

“[Malia and Sasha] are not always around between school [and] sports practice,” Obama told reporters. “So Bo was getting a little down in the dumps inside the house.”

First Lady Michelle Obama is also happy to have a new “baby” to care for. She has been trying to train Sunny—who has already had a few accidents on the White House floors—and to teach her to sit and catch.


Once Sunny is settled, she will likely share some of Bo’s “official” duties. Bo has visited wounded soldiers and sick children at the hospital, greeted White House guests on tours and during the Easter Egg Roll, and “inspected” the White House’s holiday decorations.

Bo has also had a lot of leisure time, including vacationing with the First Family on Martha’s Vineyard and having a “doggie play date” in October. Sunny can look forward to lots of fun as well.

“We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo’s footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after . . . dinner, and even jump up on the First Lady’s lap from time to time!” wrote White House representatives.

In honor of Sunny, the First Family made a donation to the Washington Humane Society.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers—Let's Visit the White House: Time to Eat at the White House

    Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers—Let's Visit the White House: Time to Eat at the White House

    by Marge Kennedy

    Facinating facts and full color photos bring early readers right inside the most famous house in the United States!

    $5.21 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 1-3
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers—Let's Visit the White House: Time to Eat at the White House
    Grades 1-3 $5.21
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    The White House

    The White House

    by Robert Sabuda and Robert Sabuda

    divIn this spectacular pop-up guide to the White House by bestselling paper engineer Robert Sabuda, readers can take a tour behind the scenes of the office of the executive branch and the residence of the president and his family. brbrTravel through time as you open each spread and discover the North Face of the White House, the East Room, the Lincoln Bedroom, the Rose Garden, the Oval Office, and the South Lawn of the White House. The text includes the poem "Inauguration Day" by Richard Watson Gilder, adapted by Robert Sabuda.brbrEvery American president since John Adams has lived in the White House. More than 1.5 million people visit the White House every year. According to First Lady Michelle Obama, "It's the 'People's House.' It's a place that is steeped in history, but it's also a place where everyone should feel welcome." brbriThe White House: A Pop-Up of Our Nation's Home/i is perfect for Presidents Day and the upcoming election./div

    $22.49 You save: 25%
    Hardcover Book | Grades K-1
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    The White House
    Grades K-1 $22.49
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy




Here's something interesting from