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"Dear Mr. Washington" By Lynn Cullen (Dial)

This Presidents Day, take a deep dive into American history with one or more of these fantastic reads. From picture books to novels, silly tales to serious ones, these titles draw on America’s heritage to create entertaining stories for kids of all ages.

By Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell

Age-appropriate intro to four of our most famous presidents.

Recommended for ages 4+

Harper Collins, 2009

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By Lane Smith

Girl’s journey with Lincoln’s ghost applauds U.S. progress.

Recommended for ages 5+

Roaring Brook Press, 2013

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By Lynn Cullen

Artist’s kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.

Recommended for ages 5+

Dial, 2015

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Abraham

By Frank Keating

Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.

Recommended for ages 6+

Simon & Schuster/Paula Weisman Books, 2016

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By Maira Kalman

Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.

Recommended for ages 6+

Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014

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By Kate Schatz

Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.

Recommended for ages 7+

City Lights Publishers, 2015

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By Jonah Winter

History this lively should be required reading in school.

Recommended for ages 8+

Antheneum, 2015

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By Catherine Thimmesh

Stories of strong women to inspire tween politic.

Recommended for ages 9+

Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books, 2008

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By Teri Kanefield

Succinct, kid-friendly bio of America’s trendiest founder.

Recommended for ages 10+

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017

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By Ken Burns

Lively, engaging intro to each U.S. president through Obama.

Recommended for ages 10+

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016

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