Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hail to the Chief

I heard an interesting fact recently.  Very few kids want to grow up to be the President of the United States.  Only 27% of kids from ages 10-14 wanted to be the President and the number dropped to 13% for 15 and 16 year olds. WOW!  So here are some books that might encourage your kids to consider the Presidency.


I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

This is an inspiring little book about Lincoln that is definitely written for children.  From little boy to President of the United States, Lincoln’s message is to speak up for what is right.  No reference to the assassination either.  Meltzer has other books in this biographical series too.  I would read this book to kids 5-8 years old.

President’s Day by Anne and Lizzie Rockwell

I loved this book about a group of six year olds who put on a school play about President’s day!  Simply told facts about Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt are age appropriate.  I liked how the narrator explains why each child was given his or her part. I would read this book to kids 4-7years old.

Duck For President by Doreen Cronin

If you are looking for a good laugh, come along on Duck’s trip to becoming President.  Duck is disgruntled about the chores assigned to him by Farmer Brown.  He stirs up the other animals and holds an election which he wins by a landslide.  When he finds out how hard it is to lead he decides to run for Mayor.  Find out how he ends up in the highest office of the land.  Kids will find it funny and adults will enjoy the thinly veiled sarcasm about our leaders.  I would read this book to kids 4-8.

A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler

This is a factual but simple book about George Washington from his childhood to the day he dies.  Beautiful drawings accompany the very readable text.  I would read this book to kids 5-8 years old.

Hope this inspires some future leaders!  Enjoy these books and until next week, keep on reading!

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