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Celebrate the Presidents

School’s out—so take a few minutes to read about our leaders this President’s Day!
on February 15, 2016

This year especially, there’s been a whole lot of talk about the big guy—or girl!—who will soon run our country. Election talk saturates the news, the radio, and television, and conversations everywhere seem to be all about the latest presidential candidates. 

So why not ride the election wave a bit this President’s Day? Your kids will be out of school, and instead of letting them zone out in front of the tv or computer, have a few of these reads ready for them.

And don’t just hand them a book—talk about what’s inside.


  • What was most interesting?
  • What did you read that you already knew?
  • Who can you share your fun facts with?
  • What question—or questions—would you ask the author?
  • Who or what do you want to learn more about now?

For younger readers

Presidents' Day
 by David F. Marx

Presidents’ Day
 by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell


For late elementary readers

The Presidency
 by Christina Taylor-Butler

The Presidency
 by Patricia Ryon Quiri

US Presidents: The Oval Office All-Stars
 by Dan Green, Simon Basher, and Edward Widmer


For middle schoolers

The Presidency by Brendan January

The Encyclopedia of Presidents by various authors

The New Big Book of US Presidents: Fascinating Facts About Each And Every President, Including An American History Timeline
 by Todd Davis and Marc Frey

What are your family’s favorite books about presidents and President’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

Share your book recommendations on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, or find Amy on twitter, @teachmama, and let’s continue the conversation!


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