Kindergarten to Grade 3
Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig by Stephen Krensky
Young Abe Lincoln stumbles across a pig in trouble and decides he must help, even though it will mean arriving late and muddy for the important speech he is scheduled to make. Print and braille without pictures. 2002. BR 53755.
Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner
When Abe Lincoln first became a lawyer he wanted to look good, so he bought a long black coat and a tall black hat. As a lawyer, Abe had to carry lots of important papers, and the hat soon proved to be useful in many ways. Uncontracted braille. BR 11230.
George Washington: Our First President by Garnet Jackson
A simple biography of George Washington, the first president of the United States. 2000. BR 51923.
Mr. Lincoln's Boys: Being the Mostly True Adventures of Abraham Lincoln's Trouble-Making Sons, Tad and Willie by Staton Rabin
Describes the mischief caused by President Lincoln's two young sons in the White House during the Civil War--playing pranks on the servants and interrupting their father for horseplay or to request a pardon for their soldier doll. Includes historical notes. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2008.
Yes We Can! by Barack Obama
Presents full-color photographs along with excerpts from President Barack Obama's victory speech on November 5, 2008.
MDB 11039. Read by Dan Deidrich. Reading time: 5 minutes.
Grades 2 to 4
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D’Aulaire
A new edition of a classic biography. The story of Abraham Lincoln from his birth in the Kentucky wilderness to his term as the president who led his country through the Civil War. Caldecott Medal 1940.
Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House, Book 47; Abe Lincoln at Last! By Mary Pope Osborne
In this companion to Abe Lincoln at Last! (DB 76124), Annie and Jack present biographical information on President Lincoln. They discuss what it was like to live in a log cabin and describe Abe's growing up poor, first in Kentucky and later in Indiana. Magic Tree House Fact Tracker book. 2011.
Download Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House, Book 47; Abe Lincoln at Last! BR 19830.
Download Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House, Book 47; Abe Lincoln at Last! DB 76123. Read by Theresa Conkin. Reading time: 1 hour, 7 minutes.
George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz
Young George W. Allen, who shares both the name and birthday of the first president, is determined to find out what his namesake ate for breakfast. His search takes him to the library, to the attic, and to Mount Vernon. 1969.
Download George Washington's Breakfast, DB 50204. Read by Terence Aselford. Reading time: 21 minutes.
Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George
Portrays the childhood of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), who was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. Describes Abe's chores, irregular schooling, and pet pig. Relates his mother's death and his father's remarriage to Sally, a widow with three children, who encouraged Abe to read and study. 2008.
Download Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln, BR 17603.
Wackiest White House Pets by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Describes various kinds of pets, including grizzly bears and alligators, kept at the White House by several presidents. Claims that Theodore Roosevelt had the biggest menagerie with more than forty animals, most belonging to his six children. 2004.
Download Wackiest White House Pets, DB 60815. Read by Sharon Murray. Reading time: 1 hour, 3 minutes.
Grades 3 to 6
So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George
Unusual and interesting facts about the first forty-two presidents of the United States. Describes their different personality types and physical characteristics. Asserts that they had at least one thing in common, "their first priority has always been the people and the country they served." Print/braille. Caldecott Medal. 2000.
Download So You Want to be President? DB 75382. Read by Jason Griffith. Reading time: 37 minutes.
Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July and Other Freaky Facts about the First 25 Presidents by Barbara Seuling
Presents unusual facts about U.S. presidents, such as who gave the shortest inaugural speech, who had the first indoor plumbing at the White House, who was the last to have a beard, what Abraham Lincoln carried in his stovepipe hat, and much more. Uncontracted braille. 2008.
Download Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July and Other Freaky Facts about the First 25 Presidents, BR 18319.
White House Q & A by Denise Rinaldo
Facts about the history and functions of the presidential residence in Washington, D.C. Questions cover the famous rooms, the Rose Garden, first ladies' home decoration, family living and pets, holiday celebrations, and more. Includes a timeline for each president's stay in the White House. 2008.
Download White House Q & A, BR 17846.
Download White House Q & A, DB 67780. Read by Faith Potts. Reading time: 55 minutes.
Grades 4 to 7
America Votes: How Our President is Elected by Linda Granfield
Explains the U.S. presidential election process including its history, the role of political parties, becoming a candidate, campaign finance, voting fraud, the electoral college, and casting ballots. Emphasizes the right and the responsibility of citizens to vote. 2003.
Download America Votes, BR 15268.
Download America Votes, DB 57698. Read by Ligaya Romero. Reading time: 1 hour, 58 minutes.
First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children by Noah McCullough
First Kids are kids like any other. Discover likes and dislikes and learn about the games they played and the vegetables they hated. 2008.
Madam President by Catherine Thimmesh
Brief biographical sketches highlight the evolution of women in politics, both in the United States and abroad. Stresses the achievements and importance of twenty-three women and includes accompanying quotations. Profiles Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Margaret Thatcher, among others. 2004.
Download Madam President, DB 59696. Read by Victoria Gordon. Reading time: 1 hour, 12 minutes.
See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman
Explains the process for electing the president of the United States. Discusses the electoral college system of voting, the role of political parties, candidates' campaigns and debates, and the reasons all citizens should vote. Presents historical facts about former presidents and past elections. 2008.
Download See How They Run, DB 68327. Read by Margaret Strom. Reading time: 2 hours, 39 minutes.
Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama by Jory John
When Barack Obama was elected president, schoolchildren around the country took pen to paper and told him what was on their minds. Collected here are dozens of their letters, which include everything from warnings about Lincoln's ghost to concerns about the economy and global warming.
SMA01088. Read by Ana Maria Quintana. Reading time: 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Grades 5 to 8
Air Force One by Andrew Santella
History of presidential airplanes designated Air Force One, from propeller jets of the 1940s to modern jumbo jets. Identifies the first U.S. president to use a plane while in office and chronicles the development of chief executive air travel through George W. Bush. 2003.
Download Air Force One, DB 60722. Read by Dan Bloom. Reading time: 1 hour, 1 minutes.
In the Line of Fire: Presidents' Lives at Stake by Judith St. George
Discusses the assassinations of four American presidents: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. Also describes seven unsuccessful attempts on other U.S. chief executives. Briefly explains each leader's life and times and the criminals' reasons for their attacks. 1999.
Download In the Line of Fire, DB 53198. Read by Miriam Wagner. Reading time: 2 hours, 38 minutes.
Our Country's First Ladies by Ann Bausum
Short biographies of forty-four wives and hostesses of United States presidents, from Martha Washington to Laura Bush. Discusses the public role of the first lady, an unpaid position. Presents anecdotes from the women's private lives. 2007.
Download Our Country's First Ladies, DB 65436. Read by Faith Potts. Reading time: 4 hours, 32 minutes.
Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.
Anthology of poems, presidential speeches, memoirs, and stories about the White House in Washington, D.C., from the time of its construction in 1801 through the residency of George W. Bush, 2001-2008. Introduction by historian David McCullough. 2008.
Download Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out, BR 18197.
Download Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out, DB 68017. Read by Faith Potts. Reading time: 6 hours, 19 minutes.
Grades 6 to 9
The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History by Adam Selzer
Quirky guide to understanding key events, people, and places in U.S. history. Provides facts, from the horrific fates of the earliest settlers to presidential blunders. Includes end-of-chapter quizzes, essay questions, odd vocabulary words, and silly assignments. 2009.
Download The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History, DB 71330. Reading time: 11 hours, 57 minutes. Read by Julian Thompson.