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Books about presidency in demand at library

Books about presidency in demand at library

January 09, 2009|By CATHERINE HALL

With the inauguration this month of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States and with Presidents Day next month, everything presidential is in demand at Washington County Free Library.

Whether you are looking for a good story, inspiration, a historical account or a list of facts, we have the resource for you.

Check out our biographies, DVDs, novels, picture books, and nonfiction books about the presidency, the White House and presidential life.

Here are a few good presidential picks from the children's department at Washington County Free Library:

o "Duck for President" by Doreen Cronin (ages 3 to 8)

Duck, tired of farm work, holds an election to unseat Farmer Brown. After winning, Duck follows his political ambition all the way to the White House, where he discovers the job of president is a hard work.

o "I'm Going to Washington to Visit the President" by Harriet Ziefert (ages 4 to 6)


A child eagerly anticipates traveling to the nation's capital and touring the White House.

o "A Big Cheese for the White House" by Candace Fleming (ages 4 to 8)

In 1801, the townspeople of Cheshire, Mass., create a gigantic cheddar cheese to present to President Jefferson at his New Year's Day party.

o "Madam President" by Lane Smith (ages 4 to 8)

A girl imagines what her day would be like if she were president of the United States.

o "President Pennybaker" by Kate Feiffer (ages 4 to 8)

Tired of the unfairness of life, young Luke Pennybaker decides to run for president, with his dog, Lily, as his running mate.

o "Grace for President" by Kelly S. DiPucchio (ages 5 to 9)

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first, and begins with her school's mock election.

o "The Ghost, the White House, and Me" by Judith St. George (ages 8 to 12)

When Kaykay Granger learns that the White House is haunted and uses that knowledge to play a prank on her family, she lands in big trouble with her mother, the president of the United States.

o "The Kid Who Ran for President" by Dan Gutman (ages 10 to 14)

With his friend as campaign manager and his former babysitter as running mate, 12-year-old Judson Moon sets out to become president of the United States.

o "First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover" by Mitali Perkins (ages 12 and older)

During her father's presidential campaign, 16-year-old Sameera Righton, who was adopted from Pakistan at the age of 3, struggles with campaign staffers who want to give her a more "all-American" image and create a fake blog in her name.

o "The President's Daughter" by Ellen Emerson White (ages 12 and older)

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers' happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most powerful senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for president of the United States.

Catherine Hall is children's librarian with the Washington County Free Library.

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