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Presidents' Day

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
By Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Bryan Collier
This is the moving story of our 44th President, told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.
Simon and Schuster
ISBN-10: 1-4169-7144-0

Hail to the Chief: The American Presidency
By Don Robb, Illustrated by Alan Witschonke
Young readers will discover the important part a president plays in our nation. Unique among children's books about the presidents, this concise and fact-filled volume is organized around the duties and roles of the president. Each two-page spread focuses on a president who helped to define one aspect of the presidency. 
ISBN: 0-88106-392-4

So You Want to Be President?
By Judith St. George, Illustrated by David Small
This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic is updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. There are now three Georges in the catalog of presidential names, a Bush alongside the presidential family tree, and a new face on the endpaper portraiture. Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world. Perfect for this election year--and every year!
ISBN: 0-399-24317-8

If The Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House
By Jane O’Connor, Illustrated by Gary Hovland
In case you've ever wondered, the walls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have eyes and ears -- and, what's more, they don't miss a thing. Now, listen up because the walls have a thing or two to tell you! 
Hear these funny, surprising stories and more about the most famous home in America and the extraordinary families who have lived in it.
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0-68986863-4

When John & Caroline Lived in the White House
By Laurie Coulter
When President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in 1961 with their three-year-old daughter, Caroline, and a newborn son, John, the world was captivated. This evocative book combines reminiscences, memorabilia, and photographs to bring to life the story of the most famous children ever to live in the White House.
Hyperion/Madison Press Books
ISBN: 078680624-9

Wackiest White House Pets
By Gibbs Davis, Illustrated by David A. Johnson
Meet some of the White House's wackiest residents in this Parents' Choice Gold Award Winning Book. Animal lovers of all ages will laugh out loud at these comical anecdotes and hilarious illustrations in a side-splitting look at American History. Did you know nearly 400 White House pets - including alligators, bears and raccoons - have belonged to U.S. presidents and their families? One milk-loving president kept a cow on the White House lawn....and this is just the beginning.
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0-439-44373-3

President’s Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets
By Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes
President Adams' Alligator and Other White House Pets teaches children about the presidency through pets of the presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.The book also introduces children to the concept of voting-at the end of the story, the children are asked to vote for their favorite pet.
VSP Books

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington
Written and illustrated by Cheryl Harness
Cheryl Harness gives readers a moving account of Lincoln’s rise and the tensions that dragged the nation into conflict. Brilliantly detailed maps and battle scenes deepen our understanding of the Civil War, and the book’s richly imagined illustrations recreate the life of the man who will always be regarded as one of our greatest presidents.
ISBN-13: 978-1426304361

What Presidents Are Made Of
By Hanoch Piven
See America’s presidents as never before—made of objects! Using everything from blue jeans to boxing gloves, Hanoch Piven “builds” the characters of eighteen of our nation’s leaders. Revealing anecdotes accompany the creative collages and lend insight to the charismatic personalities of prominent presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, resulting in an irresistible resource that transcends party lines.
Simon Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-4433-1

U.S. Presidents—Feats & Foul-ups
By Nell Fuqua
Takes a look at all forty-three United States Presidents--the great things they accomplished, the mistakes they made, and the silly events in their lives.
ISBN: 0-439-54081-X

Don’t Know Much About The Presidents
By Kenneth C. Davis, Illustrated By Pedro Martin
Did George Washington really chop down the cherry tree? How was James Madison a father if he didn't have any children? Where in the White House did William Howard Taft get stuck? Bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis packs fun facts and cool quotes into his signature question-and-answer format. Detailed timelines make it easy to follow the major landmarks in American history. 
ISBN: 0-06-446231-5

Make Your Own President
By Amy Pastan and Linda McKnight
This interactive volume allows people of all ages to gain a new perspective on the American presidency, from George Washington to George W. Bush. Starting with 24 portraits of America's favorite commanders in chief, each cut into five sections -- forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, and chin -- the reader can reposition the features to create a wealth of amusing and unique composites. Biographies of the featured leaders, famous quotations reflecting their political views, and a time line of the American presidents make this a useful reference as well as a fun game that will bring hours of enjoyment to anyone who has ever wanted to put a new face on the American presidency.
Harper Perennial
ISBN-10: 0060891777

Duck for President
By Doreen Cronin, Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
This is the story of a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land. Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck.We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America. Thank you for your vote.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0689863772

Grace for President
By Kelly S. DiPucchio, Illustrated by Le Uyen Pham
When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. Her popular opponent claims to be the "best man for the job"--and seems to have captured all the male votes--while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.
Hyperion Books
ISBN-10: 0786839198

Madeline at the White House
By John Bemelmans Marciano
Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before, when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president's lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules. 
ISBN: 978-0-670-012282

Presidential Trivia
Compiled by Ernie Couch
Fascinating facts, figures, and foibles of the forty-two U.S. presidents and their first ladies. 
Rutledge Hill Press
ISBN: 1-55853-412-1

White House Kids: A candid look inside the White House, where the president made history…while the kids made mischief!
By Susan Edwards
It's a place where heads of state and kings and queens are invited for dinner, where the doors are open to the public for tours, and where the most powerful people in the world meet to determine the fate of the Earth. The White House is also home to the first family, and for nearly two hundred years its walls have reverberated with the laughter and shrieks of children who found fun and mischief in every nook and cranny. Tales of their outrageous adventures provide a candid glimpse of the times and the people who lived in the world's most illustrious house.
Thorndike Press
ISBN: 0-7862-2789-3

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out
Created by the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
This outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers and continuing through the present day, these highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family and classroom sharing — and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.
Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763646091


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