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Picture Books about Presidents

Did you know that President Taft was so big he needed to have a jumbo-sized bathtub installed in the White House? Or that George Washington’s first set of false teeth were made out of hippopotamus ivory? If your kids think history is boring, these books just might change their minds!

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Abe's Honest Words book cover

Abe’s Honest Words
by Doreen Rappaport

Abraham Lincoln’s life was shaped by the words he read. And when he became the president of a troubled country, those words shaped his presidency and the course of a nation. (Full Review)

George Washington's Teeth book cover

George Washington’s Teeth
by Deborah Chandra & Madeleine Comora

In George Washington’s Teeth, hilarity ensues as authors Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora present a historical account of the life—and teeth—of George Washington. (Full Review)

So You Want to Be President? book cover

So You Want to Be President?
by Judith St. George

In So You Want to Be President, Judith St. George reveals the idiosyncrasies that show our presidents to be human just like us, and invites readers to compare themselves to these famous men. (Full Review)

If the Walls Could Talk book cover

If the Walls Could Talk
by Jane O’Connor

Jane O’Connor’s informative text, inspiring quotes, and hilarious stories from some of the White House’s most famous residents remind readers that the White House is more than just a house—it’s a home. (Full Review)

Looking at Lincoln book cover

Looking at Lincoln
by Maira Kalman

Looking at Lincoln is an endearing patriotic tribute to one of the United States’s most beloved presidents. In its unique style, the book reveals much about the man, his family, and the ups and downs of his life and presidency. (Full Review)

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek book cover

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
by Deborah Hopkinson

Based on a true story, Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek turns a slice of history into a tall tale, giving readers an unusual glimpse into the childhood antics of one of history’s great men. (Full Review)

Presidential Picture Books - Grace for President

Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio

Grace is shocked when she learns that there has never been a girl President of the United States—ever! So, she sets out to change that, and the first step is winning her school’s election. But can she win more votes than the most popular boy in school?

Presidential Picture Books - President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath
by Marc Barnett

President Taft probably didn’t want to be remembered for getting stuck in the bathtub—but that’s the (possibly fictional) event retold in this laugh-out-loud picture book! No one can figure out how to free him. Can his wife find a way before it’s too late?

Presidential Picture Books - Nice Work, Franklin!

Nice Work, Franklin!
by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain

Franklin Roosevelt is a determined man: determined that polio will not stop him from becoming president, and determined to be the best president he can be. But is determination enough to help him rescue the entire country from a terrible problem?

Presidential Picture Books - A Picture Book of George Washington

A Picture Book of George Washington
by David A. Adler

Everyone’s heard of George Washington—but do you know what his life was like? This picture book provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of colonial America and shows how a great man rose from humble beginnings to become the very first President of the United States.

Presidential Picture Books - Duck for President

Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin

On Farmer Brown’s farm, things don’t always go as smoothly as Duck thinks they should. In fact, Duck thinks he could run the farm BETTER than Farmer Brown, so he decides to run for president … of the farm! But that’s only the beginning of his journey into politics—and into trouble!

Presidential Picture Books - Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
by Barb Rosenstock

Thomas Jefferson has always collected books. But not everyone has access to as many books as he does—and he is determined to change that. Learn how the Library of Congress came to be and how Thomas Jefferson worked to make it the best (and biggest!) library in America.

Presidential Picture Books - If I were President

If I Were President
by Catherine Stier

What would life be like if you were president? In this picture book, several children imagine exactly that! They know the job isn’t all fun and games—there’s serious work to be done—but they all agree that being president is definitely something worth dreaming about!

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Justin Jimenez

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Love these recommendations! We’ve already read President Taft is Stuck In The Bath. The kids love how silly the story is!

Marisa

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We have enjoyed many of these and my children probably know more random facts about Presidents than I did at their ages.

Robin E.

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Marisa,
I love when that happens! I love when my kids are more informed and better educated than their parents.

Rebecca

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Thank you for these resources!

Lydia Ong

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Thanks for this list! My older one enjoyed George Washington’s teeth, whereas I cringed in imagined sympathetic pain while reading it.

Robin E.

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I know what you mean, Lydia! However, I’m glad to hear your child enjoyed the book.

Terri Baehr

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These suggestions are amazing. Thank you.

Ali

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I’m wanting to start teaching my kids age 1-5 all about presidents and this list of books will be perfect to bring history to life! Thanks for posting!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Ali! I hope you and your kids enjoy learning about presidents.

Judith Martinez

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My kids got a copy of Duck for President in a chick fil a kids meal and they thought it was so funny!

Trudi

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I love these suggestions for Presidents Day! And we love All About Reading!

Janny

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Love the extra resources you provide! So helpful with our homeschooling journey!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Janny! Enjoy!

Katie

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Love these kinds of posts! So helpful!

Laura Hayes

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Great List!! Excited to print off and use in our library! Thank you!

Merry

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You’re welcome, Laura! Happy reading!

Kati

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These books would be perfect to add to our states/presidents study this year!!

Amber

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Wonderful selection!

Kelsey

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Great choices in literature! I love finding books that teach the kids as well as enhance their reading skills

Amy

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Thank you!

sarah

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Wow! These are excellent resources and full of ideas. We are in Australia and this helps with students to visualise history from other countries. Thomas Jefferson is my favorite, he is a bit like me with his loves for books.

Robin E.

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That would be a fun way to learn about other country’s history, Sarah! Do you have any recommendations for learning about Australian history? I know my kids would enjoy learning more about that!

Jocelyne

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Interesting, thank you!

Rosie

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What a great list of Books you’ve compiled to encourage children to learn about our Presidents. Thank you so much!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Rosie. I hope your children learn lots about our Presidents!

Kristin Laird

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Thank you for compiling this list and sharing it. What a fun way to teach children about Presidents and history.

Kimberly Hazlett

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Thank you very much for the library list!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Kimberly! I hope you find more than a few to enjoy.

Sally

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I love this list, thanks!

Nancy Scharf

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Thanks for sharing these book titles. This is very helpful.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Nancy! Happy to be helpful.

Sarah E Gillham

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LOVE “Duck For President”! The kids think it’s funny though it will be many years before they realize how VERY funny (and true!) the pictures and words are!

Robin E.

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Sarah,
I particularly love books, and even children’s tv shows, that have layers of jokes like this. It’s funny for the little ones, but it is funny for parents too. 😊

Tanu

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What a great book list! We’ve read some of these but now have more to enjoy,

Ariana

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Great book ideas!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Ariana!

Sally

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These books are a great way to get kids interested in history.

Robin E.

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I completely agree, Sally! Great books are a great way to make any subject interesting.

Joy Kevanian

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Thank you!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Lincoln: A Photobiography Book by Russell Freedman is an amazing read about Abraham Lincoln’s life. However, while it is technically a picture book as it has at least one photograph per page, it is on a higher level. It’s an upper elementary level for read aloud, and junior high or high school level for reading alone. I recommend this book all the time because it is the best non-fiction book I’ve ever read. I’ve read it aloud twice now to my kids, and both times it left me in tears.

Meghann Gaudet

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Cheryl Harness has beautiful picture books about some of the presidents although they are for upper elementary, in my opinion.

Joy

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THE BUCK STOPS HERE by Alice Provensen is a picture book of all the Presidents with nice rhymes and pictures to aid in connecting the “who” with “when.”

Marie Rippel

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Thanks for the book suggestion, Joy! I will look for this one!

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