With Independence Day on the horizon, I chose U.S. Presidents as this week’s theme for our summer learning program.
Our local library has quite a collection of the series of biographies by David A. Adler entitled A Picture Book of…. We checked out a number of them, including titles on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Dwight D. Eisenhower. While these are a very easy read for my nine-year-old, the author does a good job of weaving an interesting storyline and including basic facts about the person.
For longer books, I thoroughly enjoy the Childhood of Famous Americans series. Both my husband and I remember reading these when we were children; whenever I spot them at used bookstores, I buy them to add to our collection.
I haven’t read every book in either of the series above, so I can’t endorse each individual one, but have found the ones I read to be engaging and age-appropriate.
I typically allow my children to choose which presidents they would like to read about; however, this time I required that one day be spent reading about Ronald Reagan. While he certainly wasn’t the perfect president, he was a decisive leader, an inspiring communicator and was able to convey his heartfelt love for our country in a way that made me (in my teenage years at the time) proud to be an American.
Do you have a favorite series of biographies? Are there any Presidents or First Ladies whose lives have inspired you? Please share!
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