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New Review Tuesday: Election Special!

Jeremy beat me to the punch this morning by posting about one of my favorite election books of the season, Our White House. I've already posted reviews of the picture book candidate biographies, but I wanted to share another fun book that will take you from this very important day through the inauguration and beyond.

9780545033695_lg No matter who wins today, a new family will be setting up camp in the White House, taking their place in a long line of quirky parents, kids, and pets. First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children is packed full of interesting facts about these presidential families, including:

  • The Roosevelt family loved to eat scrambled eggs together.
  • The Carter family used a secret acronym with one another, ILYTG, which means "I Love You the Goodest!"
  • Chelsea Clinton was named for the Judy Collins song "Chelsea Morning"

Interestingly the author of First Kids is a kid himself, 13-year-old Noah McCullough, who's appeared on many national tv shows and has already thrown his hat in the ring for 2032. 

This is a great book to have on hand for quick research for upper-elementary kids. It would be fun to share a few facts from it every morning until inauguration day. You could also use it as a model for different kinds of non-fiction writing, including bulleted lists and time lines.

Are you planning any kind of countdown until the next president is installed in office? And more importantly, did you vote? :)

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Edith Cohn

Wow this book looks like a lot of fun!

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