Does your kid know his Carter from his Clinton? His Roosevelt from his Reagan? If U.S. history elicits snores and cries of boredom, then it’s time to remind your pint-sized patriot that yes, even these famous men were once kids. In honor of Election Day, we’re giving a shout-out to an awesome middle-grade book that will get kids interested in American presidents faster than you can say ‘Ulysses S. Grant.’ Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood From America’s Presidents gets our vote for entertaining education, as it profiles presidents way back to their (sometimes mischievous) youth. Who knew that Abraham Lincoln grew up with a stepmother who was anything but cruel? Or that Reagan was legally blind as a boy until a pair of glasses gave him plenty of insight, so to speak? Packed with 20 stories featuring hilarious illustrations, Kid Presidents takes the ho-hum out of history and reminds us that behind very great man is an interesting boyhood…especially if it helped shape him into a world leader. Aimed at ages 8-12, this book may just inspire future candidates.
In a Nutshell: Sure, the presidential election may be a good two years away, but there’s no time like the present to re-familiarize yourselves with all the great wonders from The White House.