Thank you everyone for signing up for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2014. It is going to be an amazing year of sharing nonfiction books with one another.
Monday is Presidents' Day and though there are a lot of picture books that feature various presidents, I only had space to share a few. Here are 12 informational picture books that feature US Presidents. The first three listed are recent releases.
Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman (Nancy Paulsen Books, January 7, 2014) - This is the second presidential biography from Kalman and she does a nice job dealing with Jefferson's life on multiple levels.
To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport; Illustrated by C.F. Payne (Disney-Hyperion, December 17, 2013) - Doreen Rappaport always does a nice job with picture book biographies. I really enjoyed how she portrayed Theodore Roosevelt.
Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer; Illustrated by John Hendrix (Disney-Hyperion, 2013)- Singer and Hendrix have teamed up to provide readers with a poetic look at each president.
The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About Presidents by Susan Katz; Illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Clarion Books, 2012) - Katz provides a humorous and informative look at the presidents through poems that feature unique facts.
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Jurmain; Illustrated by Larry Day (Dutton Juvenile, 2011) - There are a few picture books that focus on Jefferson and Adams. This one can be paired with Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press, 2012).
A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America by Kathleen Krull; Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010) - A nice introduction to FDR for young readers.
Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012) - Kalman's first presidential picture book biography.
Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy by Doreen Rappaport; Illustrated by Matt Tavares (Disney-Hyperion, 2010) - Rappaport provides young readers with a strong introduction to JFK.
George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara; Illustrated by Barry Blitt (Schwartz & Wade, 2012) - Through humor, readers learn facts and myths about George Washington.
Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President by Anne F. Rockwell; Illustrated by Matt Phelan (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009) - Rockwell and Phelan provide young readers with a solid introduction to George Washington.
Lives of the Presidents by Kathleen Krull; Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt Children's Books, 2011) - Krull's Lives of... series is always informative and in this installment, she provides readers with a brief introduction to all of the presidents.
So You Want to President? by Judith St. George; Illustrated by David Small (Philomel, 2004) - A humorous and entertaining way of providing facts and information about the presidents.
For more book recommendations, you may also want to check out Edward Sullivan's GoodRead Page for US Presidents. I started following Sullivan on GoodReads because he reads amazing amounts of children's literature and I find that his ratings are often very in-line with my ratings, which means I will often check out new books that he has positively rated.
On a separate note, Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine and some friends are hosting Nonfiction Event #nf10for10 next Wednesday, February 19th. They are asking everyone to post 10 nonfiction books you can't live without. I am planning on joining in and hope some of you will too. Click here for more information.
Don't forget to link up your nonfiction reviews and thank you for participating in the challenge.