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The Presidency

The Presidency. Richard B. Bernstein and Jerome Agel. New York: Walker and Company, 1989. Young adults.

A history of the presidency, including how the presidents have influenced history and how history has shaped the presidency. Arranged chronologically by president.

The Presidency of the United States: A Student Companion, 2nd ed. Richard M. Pious. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Young adults.

An encyclopedia-style resource that explains terms related to the presidency, including the White House, presidential history, first ladies, powers, policymaking, agencies, advisors, and elections. Contains biographies on all the presidents and vice presidents and selected first ladies.

The President of the United States. Scott Ingram. San Diego: Blackbirch Press, 2002. Grades 3-6.

An easy-to-understand introduction to the office of the presidency. Describes the history of the office, how the presidency relates to the other branches of government, running for president, and the people who help the president do his job. Includes a list of presidential facts, a schedule of a typical day for a modern U.S. president, a glossary, and an index.

So You Want to Be President? Judith St. George. New York: Philomel Books, 2000. Grades 1-6.

An entertaining and whimsical book that looks at the different backgrounds, physical characteristics, and personality traits of the presidents. Underscores the idea that anyone can be president: fat or skinny, homely or handsome, shy or outgoing, young or old. Outstanding illustrations. Also contains a list of all the presidents with very brief biographical information and a selected bibliography.

The White House: An Illustrated History. Catherine O'Neill Grace. New York: Scholastic Nonfiction, 2003. Grades 3 and up.

A beautiful book of more than 200 photos as well as narrative descriptions that provide historical perspectives and behind-the-scenes looks at the people who make the White House run. The book features an introduction by First Lady Laura Bush and was published in cooperation with the White House Historical Association.

Woodrow, the White House Mouse. Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes. Alexandria, VA: VSP Books, 1998. Grades K-4.

Tells the story of the presidency and the art, architecture, and history of the White House through the adventures of Woodrow G. Washingtail, President of the United Mice of America, and his family. Explains how the president works with Congress and how the president is the commander in chief and head of state.

The Children's Books and Web Sites bibliography lists more kid-friendly literature about the U.S. government.