Horray for Presidents Day!
Hail to the Chief!
Tags: Presidents, White House,
Posted: 2010-02-18 19:29:28 By: Joane Oppenheim





2010 Award
So You Want to be President and more stories
(Scholastic $14.95 Score: )

Just in time for Presidents' Week, a new DVD with several stories that kids can listen to or read along with as they watch. The lead story on this DVD is an animated version of the popular book, So You Want to be President, illustrated with delightfully cartoonish images by David Small. It's told with amusing anecdotes about some of our most famous presidents. It's full of fun factoids and narrated by a former first lady, of sorts, Stockard Channing, of West Wing. Madam President was written and illustrated by Lane Smith and tells the story of a girl who imagines what it would be like to be President. Maybe one of the young viewers will actually grow up to do the deed!  I Could Do That! Tells the true story of Esther Morris who worked to get women the vote. Finally, in My Senator and Me, the late Senator Edward Kennedy and his dog Splash give kids a typical day on Capitol Hill. 5-10.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.





2010 Award
First Kids
(by Gibbs Davis/ illus. Sally W. Comport, Random House $3.99 Score: )

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How would your kids like living in the White House? This Step Into Reading book tells the stories of several First Kids and their adventures living in the President's house. It begins with a chapter about the Lincoln boys and how they rode their pet goats through the house, sold lemonade outside the President's office and rang for help in every room of the mansion. Their lively story is followed by one about Grant's son, Teddy Roosevelt's children, the Coolidge boys, Caroline and John-John Kennedy, Chelsea Clinton and finally, the cover kids, Malia and Sasha. Although this is marked as easy to read, it is also level 4 book, designed for kids who are ready for reading chapters. So, it's not really all that easy. Young history buffs will find it interesting. Grades 2-4.


Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2001 Awards
Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
(by Karen Winnick, Boyds Mills $7.99 Score: ) Based on a true story, a small girl writes a letter to Abe Lincoln suggesting that he grow whiskers. He stops on his way to Washington after his election to thank her for her letter and to show off his whiskers. May inspire some young letter writers. 5–9

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.




2008 Award
Barack Obama, Son of Promise, Child of Hope
(by Nikki Grimes/ illus. by Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster $16.99 Score: )

A picture book about Barack Obama’s boyhood—known as Barry at the time. This is more of an impressionistic telling with background about his longing for his father and the inspiration his family gave him to hold onto his hopes for the future. Unlike most biographies for young people that center on a singular dramatic event, this one builds on overall themes that explain what motivated him in his run for the Presidency. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2009 Award
Big George
(by Anne Rockwell/ illus. by Matt Phelan, Harcourt $17 Score: )

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Most biographies in picture book form usually focus on a single incident in the life of that person. Anne Rockwell's story of the life of George Washington covers a long stretch of time, from his boyhood days to the time he becomes President. On the other hand, it covers the Revolutionary war in very short order. While the art is handsome, this is more likely a book for school/curriculum than of general interest. 8 & up.


Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2008 Award
Our White House, Looking In, Looking Out
(intro by David McCullough , Candlewick $29.99 Score: )

An anthology by over 100 well known authors and illustrators who have lived in or written about the White House. Here's a good book for dipping into in bits and pieces. You’ll find historic documents as well as excerpts from modern books, poems and art that center on the White House from its beginning to the present. There are remarks and memories from presidents, their spouses and children. A charming mix of fact and fiction with handsome artwork. A coffee table book that adults will enjoy alone or with their children. 9 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2008. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.




2005 Award
If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House
(Jane O'Connor/illus. by Gary Hovland, Simon & Schuster $16.95 Score: ) O'Connor gives readers lots of interesting factoids about the presidents and their families—the jumbo-sized bathtub installed for President Taft, for example, or the goat the Lincolns kept in their family quarters. Hovland's cartoons give kids plenty of detail to pore over. 7 & up. See also, Wackiest White House Pets (by Gibbs Davis/illus. by David A. Johnson, Scholastic $16.95), interesting facts about Presidents and their pets. 7 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.


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