President’s Day for Kids

1795 - 1823

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President’s Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. Though the holiday is intended to celebrate only George Washington’s birthday (his real birthday is February 22), other presidents are often included in the celebration.

Here are some great books for children.  I love sharing these with my class and Peanut and Button.  All kids love them!

From award-winning author Margaret McNamara and New Yorker artist Barry Blitt comes this partly true and completely funny story of George Washington’s 7th birthday. In this clever approach to history, readers will discover the truths and myths about George Washington. Did George Washington wear a wig? No. Did George Washington cut down a cherry tree? Probably not. Readers young and old who are used to seeing George Washington as an old man, will get a new look at the first president—as a kid. Perfect for classrooms, Presidents’ Day, or as a birthday gift.



A brilliant portrait of two American heroes from the award-winning creators of The Extraordinary Mark Twain

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were very different.

John Adams was short and stout.
Thomas Jefferson was tall and lean.

John was argumentative and blunt.
Tom was soft-spoken and polite.

John sometimes got along with almost no one.
Tom got along with just about everyone.

But these two very different gentlemen did have two things in common: They both cared deeply about the American colonies, and neither cared much for the British tyrant, King George.

With their signature wit, impeccable research, and inventive presentation style, award winners Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham masterfully blend biography and history to create a brilliant portrait of two American heroes who bravely set aside their differences to join forces in the fight for our country’s freedom.

This Caldecott Award—winning picture book is now revised and updated to include information about our nation’s 44th president, Barack Obama. A great fit for Presidents’ Day and the 2012 election cycle, this book is perfect for parents, teachers, and librarians who want to talk presidents without talking politics.

Presents an assortment of facts about the qualifications and characteristics of U.S. presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

Reading these books is a great way for me to segue into my Government unit at school and also talk to my boys about how the US government was formed.  The next month will be filled with discussions and questions about revolution, tea parties and those bad British people…one of whom happens to be me!  President’s Day is so much more than a day off for me…I get to open up a wonderful learning experience for my children…all 27 of them!

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