IT’s Presiendent ‘s Day

Is President’s Day a public holiday?
Celebrates the United States presidential inauguration, every 4 years. While this is a federal holiday, this is not a “public holiday“. Only Washington, D.C.. observes thisday besides the federal government. Washington’s Birthday was first declared a federal holiday by an 1879 act of Congress.
Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive.

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to remember all the presidents, not just George Washington.

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names including Washington’s Birthday, Presidents’ Day, President’s Day, and Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.Depending upon the specific law, the state holiday might officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Lincoln, or some other combination of U.S. presidents (such as Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson, who was born in April

Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February each year, but the point of it — beyond, for some Americans, a day off or retail sales — is debated. Many consider it a day to recognize all presidents, past and present. Others consider it a celebration of certain key presidents, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Presidents Day began as an unofficial holiday on George Washington’s Feb. 22 birthday in 1800, just two months after his death. It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1879, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law.

Best President’s Day    Kids Books

The following children’s books are great for Presidents’ Day lesson plans.  Note: The interest age increases as you move down the page. (We are still working on getting books for older children.)

President’s Day
by Anne Rockwell
Preschool – 1st grade

My Teacher for President
by Kay Winters
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

 

Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio
1st grade – 3rd grade

If I Ran for President
by Catherine Stier
1st grade – 3rd grade

 

So You Want to Be President
by Judith St. George
2nd grade & Up

What Presidents Are Made Of
by Hanoch Piven
2nd grade – 6th grade

 

Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin
Preschool – 2nd grade

If I Were President
by Catherine Stier
Kindergarten – 2nd grade

 

Madam President
by Lane Smith
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

Bad Kitty for President
by Nick Bruel
2nd grade – 4th grade

 

Lives of the Presidents
Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)
by Kathleen Krull
4th grade – 8th grade

Smart About the Presidents
by Jon Buller
4th grade – 7th grade

Abraham Lincoln Biography Books

 

Looking at Lincoln
(little girl learns about Abraham
Lincoln and his enduring legacy)
by Maira Kalman
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

Abe’s Honest Words
(powerfully written and stunningly illustrated biography – AMAZING!)
by Doreen Rappaport
2nd grade – 6th grade

 

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who
Loved Books

(CUTE kid-friendly introduction
to Lincoln’s early years)
by Kay Winters
Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Abe Lincoln’s Dream
(little girl on White House tour
meets Abe Lincoln’s ghost)
by Lane Smith
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

 

I am Abraham Lincoln
(part of the popular series Ordinary
People Change the World)
by Brad Meltzer
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

Abe Lincoln’s Hat
by Martha Brenner
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

 

A. Lincoln and Me
(a young boy gains confidence
when he realizes how much he
has in common with Lincoln)
by Louise Borden
1st grade – 3rd grade

Abe Lincoln Remembers
(a good basic introduction to
Lincoln’s life, full of beautiful,
photo-realistic paintings)
by Ann Turner
1st grade – 4th grade

 

Abe Lincoln at Last!
(Magic Tree House)
by Mary Pope Osborne
2nd grade – 5th grade

Abraham Lincoln
(Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
by Mary Pope Osborne
2nd grade – 5th grade

 

Lincoln and His Boys
(a chapter book account, told from
the point of view of Lincoln’s boys)
by Rosemary Wells
3rd grade – 7th grade

Lincoln Tells a Joke
How Laughter Saved the
President (and the Country)
3rd grade – 6th grade

 

Abraham Lincoln Biography Books for Gr. 5+

We teach early childhood, so books for upper elementary and middle school are a little out of our area of expertise. However, we know some of you may have come to this page looking for books for this age group. So, in compiling this list of the best Abraham Lincoln biography books, these books seemed to rise to the top of the list for older kids. They got great reviews, and some even won Newbery Awards and other major book awards. We don’t have full reviews for most of these books, but hopefully you can find more information on Amazon.

Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln
(boys visiting a Civil War museum
suddenly travel back in time!)
by Patricia Polacco
5th grade – 8th grade

Lincoln Shot
A President’s Life Remembered
(formatted like an old newspaper!)
by Barry Denenberg
5th grade & Up

 

Lincoln: A Photobiography
(Newbery Medal Winner!)
by Russell Freedman
5th grade – 9th grade

Commander in Chief
Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War
by Albert Marin
6th grade & Up

 

Good Brother, Bad Brother
Story of Edwin Booth & John Wilkes
by James Cross Giblin
6th grade – 9th grade

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook
Look at Abraham and Mary
by Candace Fleming
6th grade and Up

 

  • Abraham Lincoln for Kids by Janis Herbert
    an activity book full of ideas to add to your lessons/units
  • Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson  (K-3)
  • Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St George
    part of a series of children’s book biographies–based on the others, this
    one is probably good. 🙂
  • What Lincoln Said by Sarah Thomson  (K-3)
  • Mr. Lincoln’s Boys  by Staton Rabin
    Subtitled “Being the Mostly True Adventures of Abraham Lincoln’s Trouble-
    Making Sons, Tad and Willie”
  • Abraham Lincoln  by Amy Cohn    (Gr. 2-4)

best George Washington biography books

George Washington’s
Teeth

by Deborah Chandra
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

George Washington
and the General’s Dog

by Frank Murphy
Kindergarten – 3rd grade

John, Paul, George,
and Ben

by Lane Smith
1st grade – 5th grade

Big George
How a Shy Boy Became
President Washington
1st grade – 3rd grade

George Did It
by Suzanne Trupp Jurmain
2nd grade – 5th grade

George Washington’s
Breakfast

by Jean Fritz
2nd grade – 5th grade

Take the Lead,
George Washington

by Judith St. George
1st grade – 5th grade

Farmer George
Plants a Nation

by Peggy Thomas
illustrated by Layne Johnson
3rd grade – 6th grade

George Washington biographybooks for older kids

 

Oh Say, I Can’t See
(The Time Warp Trio series) The Time Warp Trio are off on another adventure, this time warping back to 1776 just in time to meet up with Washington as he’s trying to decide if his army should cross the Delaware. Will it mean disaster or victory? The trio must help save American history without being fingered as spies, plus find a missing cat from the future!  Kids will love Scieszka’s snappy dialogue and bit of irreverence and humor thrown in.  (Grades 2-5)

 

Washington at Valley Forge
An award winning, gripping look at the miserable months Washington and his troops spent at Valley Forge. Supplies and morale were low, desertions and deaths were high, but Washington’s able leadership got the troops through the direst of times.School Library Journal called this George Washington biography for kids “another stunning work from the nonfiction virtuoso.” (Grades 4-8)

 

 

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides
This wonderfully illustrated and well written title presents “…an uncommonly balanced view of the American Revolution for younger readers…should be required reading for all young students of American history.” (Kirkus Reviews) This book was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, a School Library JournalBest Book, and Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. (Grades 4-8)

 

George Washington: 25 Projects You Build Yourself
This series is fabulous for adding some hands-on activities to any history unit. This book provides lots of well-written, age appropriate background on Washington’s life (timelines, anecdotes, maps, details on his many accomplishments…) PLUS tons of projects to make, like: a pretend sword, a colonial era toy, a letter seal, a quill pen… (and teachers will appreciate that the materials needed are largely stuff you can easily get or even already have!  Highly recommended. (Grades 4-7)

 

George Washington, Spymaster
Subtitled “How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War.” This fun to read book details General George Washington’s mastery of codes, ciphers, invisible ink, secret messages, and spying…and how those skills played a deciding role in winning the Revolutionary War. Designed with an authentic 1700’s look, this well-documented title will be a hit with students! In a starred review,Booklist called it “handsome, unusual, intriguing.”  (Grades 6-9)

Benjamin Franklin Biography for Kids

John, Paul, George
and Ben

by Lane Smith
1st grade – 5th grade

Now and Ben
The Modern Inventions of
Benjamin Franklin
by Gene Barretta
2nd grade – 5th grade

How Ben Franklin
Stole the Lightning

by Rosalyn Schanzer
2nd grade – 4th grade

What’s the Big Idea,
Ben Franklin?

by Jean Fritz
3rd grade – 6th grade

Ben Franklin,
American Genius

His Life and Ideas
with 22 Activities
4th grade – 8th grade

Amazing Ben Franklin
Inventions You Build Yourself

by Carmella Van Vleet
5th grade – 8th grade

The Amazing Life of
Benjamin Franklin
by James Cross Giblin
3rd grade – 6th grade

Ben Franklin, His
Wit and Wisdom
from A to Z
by Alan Schroeder

Ben and Me
An Astonishing Life of
Benjamin Franklin
by His Good Mouse Amos
3rd grade & Up

Ben Franklin’s Almanac
Being a True Account of
the Good Gentleman’s Life
5th grade – 9th grade

Ben Franklin biography books

Below are several other well-recommended children’s biographies of Benjamin Franklin. We don’t have dedicated review pages for these books because we haven’t had a chance to read yet, but we wanted to let you know about them…

To learn more about any of these books, click the book titles to see their listing on Amazon.  Note that if you purchase an item, they give us a small referral fee.

  • B. Franklin, Printer  by David Adler   (Gr. 4-8)
  • Ben Franklin’s Fame  by Stacia Deutch  (Gr. 2-5)
  • Who Was Ben Franklin?  by Dennis Fradin  (Gr. 3+)
  • Ben Franklin of Old Philadephia by Margaret Cousins  (Gr. 4+)
  • Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank Murphy  (Gr. 2-3)

Books on the Founding Fathers of America

 

Thomas Jefferson
(bright mixed-media
illustrations and lively text)
by Cheryl Harness
3rd grade – 7th grade

And Then What
Happened, Paul
Revere?

by Jean Fritz
Grade 2 & Up

Will You Sign Here,
John Hancock

by Jean Fritz
3rd grade – 6th grade

Dangerous Crossing
The Revolutionary Voyage
of John and John
Quincy Adams
by Steven Krensky
2nd grade – 4th grade

Thomas Jefferson
A Picture Book Biography
by James Cross Giblin
3rd grade – 6th grade

 

Books for older kids about Founding Fathers

Below are several other well-recommended children’s biographies of about the found fathers. We don’t have dedicated review pages for these books because we haven’t had a chance to read yet, but we wanted to let you know about them…

  • The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Judith St. George (Grade 5-9)
  • Mr. Revere and I: Being an Account of Certain Episodes in the Career of Paul Revere, as Revealed by his Horse  by Robert Lawson (Grade 4-8)
  • Duel! Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words by Dennis Fradin and Larry Day (Grade 3-6)

Best Theodore Roosevelt Biography Books

 

You’re On Your Way,
Teddy Roosevelt

by Judith St. George
2nd grade – 5th grade

Teedie: The Story of Young
Teddie Roosevelt
by Don Brown
Kindergarten – Grade 3

 

What To Do About Alice?
by Barbara Kerley
2nd grade – 5th grade

Bully for You,
Teddy Roosevelt!

by Jean Fritz
3rd grade – 5th grade

 

The Great Adventure
Theodore Roosevelt and the
Rise of Modern America
by Albert Marrin
7th grade & Up

The Remarkable Rough-Riding
Life of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Empire America
by Cheryl Harness
3rd grade – 7th grade

 

Theodore Roosevelt for Kids
His Life and Times with 21 Activities
by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
4th grade & Up

Popular Founding Fathers Books

 John AdamsJohn Adams (Paperback)
by David McCullough
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton (Paperback)
by Ron Chernow
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary GenerationFounding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Paperback)
by Joseph J. Ellis
1776
by David McCullough
His Excellency: George WashingtonHis Excellency: George Washington (Paperback)
by Joseph J. Ellis
The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Paperback)
by Benjamin Franklin
Washington: A LifeWashington: A Life (Hardcover)
by Ron Chernow
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas JeffersonAmerican Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Paperback)
by Joseph J. Ellis
Benjamin Franklin: An American LifeBenjamin Franklin: An American Life (Paperback)
by Walter Isaacson
The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin FranklinThe First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Paperback)
by H.W. Brands
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of PowerThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (Hardcover)
by Jon Meacham (shelved 10 times as founding-fathers)
The Federalist PapersThe Federalist Papers (Mass Market Paperback)
by Alexander Hamilton (shelved 9 times as founding-fathers)
American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the RepublicAmerican Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic (Hardcover)
Washington's CrossingWashington’s Crossing (Hardcover)
by David Hackett Fischer (shelved 7 times as founding-fathers)
John, Paul, George & BenJohn, Paul, George & Ben (Hardcover)
by Lane Smith (shelved 7 times as founding-fathers)
Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron BurrFallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr (Hardcover)
by Nancy Isenberg
Burr (Paperback)
by Gore Vidal
Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a NationJefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation (Hardcover)
by John Ferling
 American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation (Hardcover)
by Jon Meacham
Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Paperback)
by John Ferling
Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders DifferentRevolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different (Hardcover)
by Gordon S.Wood
The Americanization of Benjamin FranklinThe Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Paperback)
by Gordon S. Wood
Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (Icons of America)Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson (Icons of America)
by Gore Vidal
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John AdamsPassionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (Paperback)
by Joseph J. Ellis
First Family: Abigail and John AdamsFirst Family: Abigail and John Adams (Hardcover)
by Joseph J. Ellis
The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the WorldThe 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World (Paperback)
by W. Cleon Skousen
Thomas Jefferson: Author of AmericaThomas Jefferson: Author of America (Hardcover)
by Christopher Hitchens
 A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Paperback)
by Stacy Schif
Madison and JeffersonMadison and Jefferson (Hardcover)
by Andrew Burstein
Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of AmericaRevolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Hardcover)
by Jack N. Rakove
Common SenseCommon Sense (Paperback)
by Thomas Paine
Samuel Adams: Father of the American RevolutionSamuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution (Hardcover)
by Mark Puls
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the GovernmentThe First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Hardcover)
by Fergus M. Bordewich
John Quincy AdamsJohn Quincy Adams (Hardcover)
by Harlow Giles Unger
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (Hardcover)
by Joseph J. Ellis
James Madison: A Life ReconsideredJames Madison: A Life Reconsidered (Hardcover)
by Lynne Cheney
The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention DebatesThe Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Paperback)
by Ralph Louis Ketcham
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His SlavesMaster of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves (Hardcover)
by Henry Wiencek
The Radicalism of the American RevolutionThe Radicalism of the American Revolution (Paperback)
by Gordon S. Wood
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to GreatnessThe Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness (Hardcover)
by Harlow Giles Unger
That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right WingThat’s Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing (Paperback)
by Michael Austin
Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley ForgeWashington’s Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge (Paperback)
by Thomas J. Fleming
The Intimate Lives of the Founding FathersThe Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers (Hardcover)
by Thomas J. Fleming
Dinner at Mr. Jefferson's: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed AmericaDinner at Mr. Jefferson’s: Three Men, Five Great Wines, and the Evening that Changed America (Hardcover)
by Charles A. Cerami
Jefferson the VirginianJefferson the Virginian (Hardcover)
by Dumas Malone
American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's AmericaAmerican Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America (Hardcover)
by David O. Stewart
Alexander Hamilton, AmericanAlexander Hamilton, American (Paperback)
by Richard Brookhiser
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