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Presidents of the United States / By The Editors of TIME for Kids; with Lisa DeMauro

Time for Kids: Presidents of the United States - Time for Kids

 

I checked this out so I could see if it's something that my niece would be interested in. The book is appropriate for kids in the upper elementary grades who are learning about the presidents, and I'd argue that most elementary school libraries should have this book in their collections. The book does not list Barack Obama, however, but since he's still in office this makes sense. 

I don't think my niece would be that interested in this book right now, though. They haven't begun learning civics yet, and I think this book would have the most appeal when she has to write that first report on a president. There's a lot of information in here for a kid who hasn't begun learning how our government is structured, and I think she'd become bored with this pretty quickly. I envision this conversation:

ME: "So, Monkeys, would you guys like to read about a couple more presidents?"
NIECE: "Oh, no thank you. Maybe later."
NEPHEW: "AW COME ON! I DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT THOSE BORING GUYS AGAIN! Wait. Does this book have any tanks?"

Just best to let this book sit as a future resource for a report. Grown ups can use it for brain exercises, though. Can you name all the presidents in order?