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US President Books for Kids

Updated on July 5, 2014

Books on US Presidents geared towards kids

Children love learning about the US Presidents. Children's books provide a brief glimpse into the life of the president during their time in office and typically some glimpses at childhood and possibly life after being president.

Some great trivia comes out as well in the history, such how many US Presidents signed the Declaration of Independence? How many Presidents signed the US Constitution? Who was the last US President with facial hair? How many US Presidents were Eagle Scouts? All great questions and waiting to be discovered by every kid in the United States of America.

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Intersting Facts about the US Presidents - A book for kids

When learning about the US Presidents in grade school you come across a lot of interesting facts. This book is a collection of trivia, facts, and puzzles geared towards grade school kids.

The Everything Kids' Presidents Book: Puzzles, Games and Trivia - for Hours of Presidential Fun (black & white)
The Everything Kids' Presidents Book: Puzzles, Games and Trivia - for Hours of Presidential Fun (black & white)

Did George Washington really cut down his father's cherry tree? Who was the last president to have facial hair? Which U.S. president had a country's capital city named after him? Which president earned the nickname, "His Accidency" With The Everything Kids' Presidents Book, you'll be at the head of your class after learning about the lives, legacies, and impact that our country's 44 leaders had on the history of the United States. Filled with fun facts, trivia, and 30 puzzles,


Children's Books about George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison

Finding books about the first 4 Presidents is pretty easy. There are many books on George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. These books bring a child back into the times before the Revolutionary War up through the War of 1812.

George Washington was the 1st President of the United States from 1789 to 1797, and the commanding general of the revolutionary war.

John Adams was the 2nd President of the United States from 1797 to 1801.

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States from 1801 to 1809, and wrote the Declaration of Independence.

I find it interesting to read about different points of view, like the fact that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were not friends. Giving this perspective to a child that not everyone gets along helps them stay grounded when they run across this in real life. What makes this more interesting is that Jefferson and Adams were the only two presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence, and they both died on the 4th of July.

James Madison was the 4th President of the United States from 1809 to 1817, and the commander in chief during the War of 1810 with Britain. Madison is also considered to be the Father of the Constitution.

Only two presidents signed the U.S. Constituion: Washington and Madison.

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers are a group of writings by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and the 4th President of the United States, James Madison to help the residents of the state of New York to understand and ratify the US Constitution.

Children's Books about US Presidents James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Martin Van Buren

James Monroe was the 5th President of the United States from 1817 to 1825. James Monroe was the president when Florida was ceded to the union and the Missouri compromise which forbid slavery above 36 degrees 30 minutes latitude.

John Quincy Adams was the 6th President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. John Quincy Adams was the first to be elected president without receiving either the most popular votes or the most votes of the electoral college.

Andrew Jackson was the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Andrew Jackson was a prisoner of war at the age of 13 when he joined the South Carolina Militia. In 1835, the US was briefly debt free for the first time in its history.

Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. Martin Van Buren was the first president who was born after the country formed in 1776.

Children's Books about William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James Know Polk, and Zachary Taylor

William Henry Harrison was the 9th President of the United States in 1841. William Harrison was the 1st president to die in office after contracting pneumonia after giving the longest inaugural speach in history.

John Tyler was the 10th President of the United States from 1841 to 1845. John Tyler was the 1st vice president to take over after a president died in office. The tradition of playing "Hail to the Chief" was started with John Tyler's presidency. Texas was annexed in 1845 causing the war with Mexico.

James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States from 1845 to 1849. The treaty with Mexico gave the US control over the southwest part of the country including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.

Zachary Taylor was the 12th President of the United States from 1849 to 1850. General Zachary Taylor led the first battle of the US-Mexican War at Palo-Alto. Taylor died in office on July 9, 1850.

Kids Books on Presidents Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln

Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States from 1850 to 1853. During his term, the compromise of 1850 was passed along with the Fugitive Slave Act.

Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States from 1853 to 1857. 1st President to have a Christmas Tree in the White House. The Gadsden Purchase of southern Arizona and New Mexico occurred during Pierce's Presidency.

James Buchanan was the 15th President of the United States from 1857 to 1861.

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from 1861 to 1865. Lincoln was the first president born outside of the original 13 colonies. Lincoln was president during the Civil War and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Kids Books on Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford Birchard Hayes, and James Abram Garfield

Andrew Johnson was the 17th President of the United States from 1865 to 1869. Johnson was the first president to be impeached.

Ulysses S. Grant was the 18th President of the United States from 1869 to 1877. Grant led the Union Army to its first victory of the Civil War at Fort Donelson. Robert E. Lee eventually surrendored to Grant at the end of the civil war.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States from 1877 to 1881. Hayes was the first president to graduate from law school. Hayes and his wife held the first Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.

James Abram Garfield was the 20th President of the United States in 1881. Garfield was the first left-handed president. Garfield died of blood poinsoning two months after being shot.

Kids books about US Presidents Chester Alan Arthur, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison

bChester Alant Arthur was the 21st President of the United States from 1881 to 1885.

Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States from 1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897. Only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated during his first term. Geronimo surrendered. He signed the Interstate Commerce Act and repealed the Tenure of Office Act. Cleveland was the only president married in the White House and the only president that had a child born in the White House.

Benjamin Harrison was the 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893.

Kids Books about Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson

William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States from 1897 to 1901. McKinley was President during the Spanish-American War.

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. Believed to be the inspiration for the Teddy Bear.

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States from 1909 to 1913.

Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. Wilson was president during World War 1.

Presidential Pets

Kids love pets. Another great way to introduce the presidents to kids is through the pets that stayed at the White House.

Children Books about Presidents Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Warren Harding was the 29th President of the United States from 1921 to 1923. Harding was the President to speak on the radio.

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States from 1823 to 1929.

Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States from 1929 to 1933. President during the stock market crash of 1929 and the start of the great depression.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. First president to serve more than 2 full terms. Started the "New Deal" as a way to get out of the depression. President during World War 2.

Children Books about Presidents Harry S. Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lydon Baines Johnson

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 to 1953.

Dwight David Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States from 1961 to 1963. During Kennedy's time as president, he started the Peace Corps, set the goal of landing a man on the Moon by 1969. Kennedy was assasinated in Dallas, Texas.

Lydon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969. LBJ signed the civil rights act. The US became increasingly involved in the Vietnam War.

Kids in the White House

The life of a kid in the White House is very different. You get lots of perks, but there are also the pitfalls of being in the public eye.

Childrens books about Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan

Richard Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Nixon ended US involvement in the Vietnam War and drastically improved relations with China. Nixon resigned over the Watergate scandal, the only president to resign in office.

Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the United States from 1974 to 1977. Ford was the president to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Ford was the first president not to be elected by the people. He was appointed as vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and became president when Richard Nixon resigned.

Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. The Iran hostage crisis occurred in 1981.

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. At 69 years of age, Reagan was the oldest elected president. The Berlin Wall was torn down during his time as president, ending the cold war.

Childerns books about George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Busch, and Barack Obama

George H. Bush was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.

William Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. The first version of the White House website went online in 1994.

George W. Bush was the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. 9/11 occurred in 2001 starting the wars in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. The economy entered a depression in 2007.

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States begining in 2009. Obama is the first African-American president and the first president born outside the lower 48 states.

Who was your favorite US President?

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      5 years ago

      My daughter and I have talked a lot about why there hasn't been a female US president yet. Wonder how long it will take...

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      Jeff Molnar 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      I loved the lens and I am a George Washington fan with Lincoln coming in as a very close 2nd.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 

      5 years ago from Italy

      Thanks for this lens! As I saw from my 10 answers to your questions, I need to study more the history of US Presidents. Being Italian sometimes doesn't help on the past of a big contry. Great lens!

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      5 years ago from US


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      5 years ago

      Abraham Lincoln, of course!

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      5 years ago

      I think it is great for kids to learn all about the presidents of the USA by reading books. My favorite presidents thus far have been Kennedy and Reagan. (How's that for diversity!)

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      Tom Fattes 

      5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @tfsherman lm: I was happy to find those as well.

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      I'm glad you feature the Mike Venezia biograpies. They're the best! So funny, with their combo of cartoons and photography. A very complete lens, thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Love American History. I agree Abe.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Abe, of course!


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