If you're in need of some laughter this weekend, below are a few unexpected President's Day books.
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak and Brad Montague - We can all use a little more happiness in the news and Kid President seems to be the best at spreading love. The book has lots of little tips on ways to be kind and have fun like sharing hugs and learning new handshakes.
President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Bernett and Chris Van Dusen - From the author of Mercy Watson and the illustrator of Extra Yarn, this book is an all around winner. It's incredibly funny for kids and adults and has repetition, rhyming words and lots of opportunities to teach new vocabulary.
George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara - In a story about George Washington's seventh birthday, kids will learn the myths and facts of the first United States President. The book begins on the morning of George's birthday and gives humorous insight into the president being a typical child who must go to school and occasionally gets in trouble.
Splat the Cat for President by Rob Scotton - When kids like a book this much, I don't ask questions– I just make sure I have all of them on my bookshelf. If you have a reluctant reader, you might want to give this series a try. The book also comes in handy when teaching the short /a/ sound.
Lincoln Tells A Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer - A clever perspective on history, this book is both lighthearted and informative. It can be used to show children how humor can help during difficult times in life.
If you are looking for at least one serious book on the subject, you can't go wrong with Maira Kalman's new book, Looking at Lincoln. I recently featured two of her brilliant books on the ABC book list. Her beautiful images accompany an engaging story as a girl sets out to learn about Abraham Lincoln. She discovers both the serious, deep truths about him as well as his simple pleasures in life.
Do you have interesting books for President's Day?