Children’s Books about American Presidents



Learning about history, politics, and presidents can be a lot more fun and interesting when it comes from a well-done book!  All of the books on this list were ones I found to be entertaining while also educating.  I hope you find something to help teach the children in your life a little bit more about their presidents!



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So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George

I really liked the format of this book and how it teaches so much about the presidents in a non-boring way.  It has a pretty well balanced view of presidents with some of the good and bad things presidents have done, the perks and drawbacks of the office, and a look at the various intentions and receptions presidents have had.  There are a fun comic-like illustrations which earned a Caldecott Medal.




This Little President: a Presidential Primer by Joan Holub

A cute board book that tells some facts about some of the presidents with rhyming text




President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

This book tells the legend of President Taft being stuck in the bath through fun text and the irresistible illustrations of Chris Van Dusen.  My son thought this book was a lot of fun and it ends up giving a little bit of insight into different positions in the white house.  At the back of the book he gives more information on whether or not the incident really happened.



Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents by David Stabler

I haven’t actually read this book because I just flipped through it real fast, but I read and loved the Kid Authors one from this series and loved the format of it.  It is very kid friendly non-fiction due to the brief and high interest sections for each person, the frequent comic illustrations, and the the relatable nature of the authors’ childhood experiences.





I am George Washington and I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

I love the Ordinary People Change the World series that includes these two books and many more.  Each book focuses on a historical figure and how they started out as just an ordinary kid, but how they changed the world.  They are written in kind of a comic book format and are very child friendly.




Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne Rockwell

I realized while reading this book that I didn’t actually know that much about George Washington’s history and all that led up to the point of him becoming president.  I didn’t know he was a very shy boy with a hot temper.  I found the story very interesting and inspiring in the way it showed how one person, whom  seemingly wouldn’t be someone that would stand out, helped change the course of history.  And I loved his form of leadership and his desire to serve his people rather than searching after power or influence.




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