February 17 – Presidents’ Day

Happy Presidents’ Day

 6948479President’s Day written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Mike Gordon (2010)

Mrs. Conner’s first grade class at Robin Hill School learns about presidents for their Presidents’ Day celebration. Each of the students dresses up like one of the presidents and states a fact or two about that president.  Fun and easy to read.

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Presidents’ Day written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell (2007)

Mrs. Madoff’s class works hard to learn about the presidents and share what they learned in a class production. They started by making a paper mache replica of Mount Rushmore. Then four students dressed like the four presidents, Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Roosevelt told who they were and what they did for our country. Everyone in the audience clapped and they took a bow. Then they held their own election for class president. The girl who won the election was also born on George Washington’s birthday, and she wants to be the first woman president of the United States of America some day.

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What Presidents Are Made Of written and illustrated  by Hanoch Piven (2004)

From George Washington to George W. Bush, many of the most famous presidents of the United States of America are depicted in caricature art using items that are in some way related to what the president did, loved, or was well known for. For example John F. Kennedy has a flipper for a nose because he was a Navy hero during WWII.  Andrew Jackson’s caricature has a boxing glove for a nose and a pistol mouth with bullets for eyes because he was known to fight duels with men who insulted his wife. The heaviest president, William Howard Taft once got stuck in the White House bathtub. Afterward he had a tub built that was big enough for four people. His caricature includes scales for eyes and nose, a drain plug mouth, and two light feathers for his mustache. Through funny stories and art, children can learn more about the presidents.

And you might be interested in some non-fiction books about Presidents’ Day…

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