Our Leaders

 

Presidents’ Day is a little less than a month away. So, the question is how much do you really know about the men who have lead our Nation? What makes a leader? Do you want to learn more?

Stop!...before you answer that question, let me tell you that the books I have chosen are not like text books. Luckily, they not only include facts, but they also have a visual story to tell through illustrations. Children, especially ones who are visual learners, use these clues to help link information about each President with the historical events that took place during his presidency.

 It is through these types of connections that children begin to see the big picture. Without this deeper understanding, history is just a bunch of facts and numbers that mean very little. So, pick up a book and discover what the past has to teach you. And, just maybe you will be a leader for our next generation.

 

 I Grew Up to be President by Laurie Calkhoven

An introduction to the presidents of the United States describes each president's childhood, career, achievements while in office, and life after the White House.

 

The Buck Stops Here : The Presidents of the United States by  Alice Provensen.

This rich pageant of the American presidents is the culmination of award-winning author-illustrator Alice Provensen's distinguished career. Using detailed vignettes that capture each era, witty couplets, and extensive factual material, Provensen takes readers on a journey from George Washington through Barack Obama. Newly updated, this twentieth anniversary edition is a treasure trove of American history.

 

What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven

Presidents are made of big eaters...and so much more! You get a portrait of former U. S. president Jimmy Carter, who builds houses for the homeless. See the presidents as never before made out of objects!

Using everything from blue jeans to boxing gloves, Hanoch Piven "builds" the characters of our leaders. And with revealing anecdotes to go along with Piven's creations, you'll never forget what makes up George (Washington), George (Bush), or anyone else in between.

An Illustrated Timeline of U.S. Presidents  by Mary Englar

Take a look at important moments in history with fun and fact filled timelines. Charming art and interesting facts make for fun stops along the way as readers eagerly follow a single timeline throughout the book. A fascinating visual journey!

For Younger Readers

Presidents' Day  by Anne Rockwell 

From the duo who created the classroom called "a charmed place" comes a patriotic primer for picture-book readers. 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!