Friday, January 23, 2009

Presidential Literature

I am not a fan of conflict (except in books) so you will rarely find me engaged in political debate. However, I do enjoy watching election results unfold on television and especially the pageantry of the presidential inauguration.

One of my favorite things about these events is the opportunity to learn more about our nation’s past presidents from Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am fascinated by the wealth of presidential facts in her brain. If you read my earlier blog, Mythical Dinner Party, I would definitely invite her to my dinner.

If you enjoy presidential facts, you should read one of my favorite picture books, So You Want to Be President, by Judith St. George, illustrated by David Small. Both the text and the illustrations are a treat. Kids (and grownups) can find out which president was the tallest, shortest, largest, oldest, youngest, who had the most siblings, and what jobs they held before becoming president.

This book won the 2001 Caldecott medal. The American Library Association will announce this year’s winners of the best books in children’s literature next week. Stop by next week to discuss.


Shauna Roberts said...

There are a lot of books coming out about Lincoln now in honor of his 200th birthday. Many of them sound quite interesting. I've only gotten one so far, Lincoln: A Biography of a Writer, which focuses on his education (mostly self-education) and his writings. I also recently got Obama's "The Audacity of Hope."

Rae Ann Parker said...

Those sound very interesting. Also, several new children's books are being released soon, including a picture book with text of the inaugural poem. There is also a book called Change Has Come with the President's words, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.