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
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
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?
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
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
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
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)
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?
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?
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?
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.
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!
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.
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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