8 President's Day Children's Books

Inspiring and patriotic, these reads will open the door to conversations with your children about politics, history, and activism.
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Inspiring and patriotic, these reads will open the door to conversations with your children about politics, history, and activism.
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Don't forget our President's Day Word Search Printable and Historical Presidential sites to visit in NYC!  

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Grace for President: "Where are the girls?"

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election!

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. Grades 1-3. 

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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote: In simple rhyme, the Cat in the Hat introduces early readers to the concept and practice of voting—with a focus on the American presidency. Kids learn the basic principles of democracy, how political parties are formed, why Election Day is held in early November, and much, much more. Grades K-3.  

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If I Ran For President: If you ran for president, you would have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Grades 1-3.

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My Teacher For President: Oliver has been learning about the president?s job, and his teacher would be the perfect candidate. She loves white houses, she?s used to being followed everywhere, she attends lots of meetings, she finds jobs for people, and she believes in peace. Images of Oliver?s teacher depicted during a typical school day are contrasted with scenes of his heroine carrying out presidential duties. Grades K-3.

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Presidents' Day: Today at school we celebrated Presidents' Day by putting on a play. Mrs. Madoff said I could be George Washington because his birthday is the same as mine. Charlie was Abraham Lincoln because he's the tallest kid in our class. Everyone else had very important parts to play, too. At the end of the day we voted for class president, and you'll never guess who won! Grades Preschool-1. 

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark: Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable! Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements. Grades 3-5.

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Celebrating President's Day: What is a President? All around the world, people celebrate holidays, like Presidents' Day, with special traditions and festivities. The Holiday Series focuses on children's favorite holidays. Written specifically for emergent and early-fluency readers! 

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If I Were President: A multicultural cast of children imagines what is would be like to be president. This easy picture book provides a nice introduction to the presidency for primary-grade children. In short, simple sentences and mostly broad, nonspecific terms, it describes the job's diverse responsibilities: "If I were president, the people would be my boss, and I'd have to find out what they wanted." Although serious aspects of the job such as being commander-in-chief of the armed forces and creating laws with Congress are mentioned, Stier gives the most attention to lighter duties--tossing out the first pitch of the baseball season and lighting the nation's Christmas tree. Grades K-2.

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