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Duck for President01duckforpres by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

From the duo that brought us Click, Clack, Moo, Farmer Brown’s Duck pursues the highest office in the land.

 

 

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath02taft by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

This is a fictionalized account of President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature, who according to some got stuck in his bath on his inauguration day. Others say it happened later in his term, while many say Taft never got stuck at all. Nevertheless, this is a fun read about our 27th president!

Lillian’s right to vote : a celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 196503Lillian by Jonah Winter

A 50th anniversary tribute to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 finds an elderly woman reflecting on her family’s history, from the passage of the 15th Amendment through her participation in the protest march from Selma to Montgomery.

 

04singOf Thee I Sing : a Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama ; illustrated by Loren Long

Illustrated by local artist, Loren Long, this book is a tribute to thirteen great Americans and their achievements, including the patriotism of George Washington, the courage of Jackie Robinson, and the strength of Helen Keller. This is a very moving book with stunning illustrations.

05mynameMy Name Is James Madison Hemings by Jonah Winter

This historical picture book about the life of the child of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, brings to light the many contradictions in Jefferson s life and legacy.

 

05miceflightHave a Mice Flight! Lindsey Leavitt ; illustrated by Ag Ford

This is the third book in the Commander in Cheese chapter book series about Ava and Dean Squeakerton and the rest of their mice family who live in the White House. In this adventure, they sneak onto Air Force One.

 

07potusWhen Penny met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz ; illustrated by Melissa Manwill.

This is a unique and clever picture book about Penny, a young girl whose mother works for the president of the United States. Penny has heard the word POTUS many times but doesn’t know what it means – and her imagination runs wild! The fun begins as she tries to unravel the mystery of just who, or what, POTUS is!

 

08one_voteOne vote, two votes, I vote, you vote : all about voting by Bonnie Worth ; illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu.

This book in The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library series introduces beginning readers to the concept of voting. It focuses on the American presidency and explains democracy, political parties, and lots more about the political process.

 

09buddyBuddy for President by Hans Wilhelm

Author and illustrator Hans Wilhelm introduces young readers to the presidential campaign and election process through Buddy, the best dog in the whole world, who according to his owner should be our next president!

 

10tapper_twinsThe Tapper Twins Run for President by Geoff Rodkey

In this third book in The Tapper Twins series, Claudia and Reese Tapper run against one another for class president.

 

 

11_katewarneHow Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln : a Story About the Nation’s First Woman Detective by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk ; pictures by Valentina Belloni.

This picture book biography is that of Kate Warne, the first female detective in the U.S. and employee of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. She played a pivotal role in stopping an assassination attempt on Lincoln as he traveled from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration.

12_dreamteamYour presidential fantasy dream team by Daniel O’Brien ; illustrated by Winston Rowntree

The author provides information about all of our dead presidents and invites the reader to evaluate each one based on his merits. Using his recommendation of the perfect ingredients for a victorious team: “Brains, Brawn, a Loose Cannon, a Moral Compass, and a Roosevelt,” O’Brien invites the reader to choose a “dream team” and to choose wisely!

13_whitehouseCurious About the White House

This fact filled book answers all sorts of questions about daily life in the most famous house in America. Lots of photographs are included.

 

 

16_dianaDiana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone; illustrated by Jen Hill

This is the story of ten year old Diana Hopkins who lived in the White House with her father, Harry Hopkins, who was the chief advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Since this was during World War II, Diana wanted to do her part on the home front. She helped create the first White House Victory Garden.

 

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Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano

This book is written by the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, the author of the original Madeline books. In this story, Madeline and her friends visit the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

 

15_presidentialPresidential pets : the weird, wacky, little, big, scary, strange animals that have lived in the White House  by Julia Moberg ; illustrated by Jeff Albrecht Studios.

This book is full of presidential trivia. There is a double-page spread for each president. Each spread features an introductory poem, biographical stats, and lots of random facts that are sure to engage the reader.

 

 

This list was created by children’s librarians Cecilia Horn and Terri Deibel.  For more of their great book lists go to their blog:  A Wynk, A Blynk, and a Nod to Books

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