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Kids and parents will love this list of books about presidents!

In just over a week, we will be electing our president. While many parents may be tiring of all of the political ads, rants on social media, etc., election years are wonderful opportunities for parents to begin dialoguing with their children about politics.  Now is a fantastic time to discuss past presidents, the importance of voting, the electoral college, vice presidents, first ladies, the white house…the list goes on and on!

I have compiled a list of 44 books (in honor of each man who has served our country) about the presidents for you to share with your child. Let’s raise up a group of children who love their country and respect their civic duty.

*I also included a bonus list of fiction books that surround the general presidential theme.

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1. So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George and David Small

2. Presidents (Eyewitness Books) by James David Barber

3. Don’t Know Much About the Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis

4. Presidents – The Race for the White House by Jesse Jarnow

5. Yo, Millard Fillmore! (And All Those Other Presidents You Don’t Know) by Will Cleveland (I taught my 3rd grade class ALL the presidents using this book!)

6. The New Big Book of U.S. Presidents: Fascinating Facts about Each and Every President, Including an American History Timeline by Todd Davis

7. Time for Kids: The Presidents of the United States by the Time editors

8. First Kids: The True Story of All the Presidents’ Children by Noah Mccullough

9. George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff

10. A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David Adler (David Adler has picture books about many of the presidents. These are great books!)

11. Abraham Lincoln by Edgar Parin D’Aulaire

12. Smart About the Presidents by John Buller

13. The Look-it-up Book of Presidents by Wyatt Blassingame

14. An Illustrated Timeline of US Presidents by Mary Englar and Len Epstein

15. Mr. President: A Book of US Presidents by George Sullivan

16. Getting to Know the US Presidents by Mike Venezia (He has written a book about EACH of the presidents! This is a great series!)

17. George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora and Brock Cole

18. I Grew Up to be President by Laurie Calkhoven and Rebecca Zomchek

19.The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz and Robert Neubecker

20. How the President is Elected (U.S. Government: How It Works) by Heather Lehr Wagner

21. Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days 1809-1837 by Cheryl Harness

22. Lincoln Tells A Joke: How Laughter Saved the President by Kathleen Krull

23. Vote! by Eileen Christelow

24. Kids Meet the Presidents by Paul Rodhe

25. Theodore Roosevelt for Kids: His Life and Times, 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

26. Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies by James Barber

27. Make Your Mark Franklin Roosevelt by Judith St. George

28. What Does the President Do? by Amanda Miller

29.John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith (Okay, so Paul Revere and Ben Franklin WEREN’T presidents, but this is a cute book!)

30. Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

31. Time for Kids (Biographies) This series has great books on Kennedy, Obama, and Roosevelt to name a few!

32. Of Thee I Sing: Letters to My Daughters by Barack Obama

33. The White House by Lloyd G. Douglas

34. The White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents’ Children by Joe Rhatigan and Jay Shinn

35. Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt

36. Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner and Donald Cook

37. Who Was John F. Kennedy? by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Grosset and Dunlap Publishing has a series of “Who Was…” books, that feature many of the presidents!)

38.The Election Activity Book: Dozens of Activities That Help Kids Learn About Voting, Campaigns, Our Government, Presidents, and More by Karen Baicker (GREAT resource!)

39. Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell

40. First Pets, Presidential Best Friends by Nell Fuqua

41. Smart About the First Ladies: Smart About History by Sally Warner, Jon Buller, Susan Schade and Dana Regan (really cute!)

42. President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets by Peter Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes

43.The Little Giant Book of American Presidents by Glen Vecchione and Maura Condrick

44. I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer


Fun Fiction Books Related to Presidents

If I Were President by Catherine Stier and Diane DiSalvo-Ryan

Clifford for President by Acton Figueroa

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

Madam  President by Lane Smith

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio and LeUyen Pham

Dubs Goes to Washington: And Discovers the Greatness of America by Dick Morris, Eileen McGann and Clayton J. Liotta

Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown

My Teacher For President by Kay Winters and Denise Brunkus

Mad Libs for President by Roger Price (who doesn’t love Mad Libs?)

Martha Speaks: White House Dog by Jamie White

If you enjoyed this book list, you may want to check out:

100 Picture Books You MUST Read To Your Kids

100 Chapter Books You MUST Read To  Your Kids