This Presidents Day, take a deep dive into American history with one or more of these fantastic reads. From picture books to novels, silly tales to serious ones, these titles draw on America’s heritage to create entertaining stories for kids of all ages.

Presidents’ Day

By Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell

Age-appropriate intro to four of our most famous presidents.

Recommended for ages 4+

Harper Collins, 2009


Abe Lincoln’s Dream

By Lane Smith

Girl’s journey with Lincoln’s ghost applauds U.S. progress.

Recommended for ages 5+

Roaring Brook Press, 2013


Dear Mr. Washington

By Lynn Cullen

Artist’s kids get George to smile in funny historical romp.

Recommended for ages 5+

Dial, 2015



By Frank Keating

Powerful bio of Abraham Lincoln uses his own words.

Recommended for ages 6+

Simon & Schuster/Paula Weisman Books, 2016


Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

By Maira Kalman

Lively, frank portrait of Jefferson, flaws and all.

Recommended for ages 6+

Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014


Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!”

By Kate Schatz

Artful profiles of groundbreakers are fresh, inspiring.

Recommended for ages 7+

City Lights Publishers, 2015


The Founding Fathers!: Those Horse-Ridin’, Fiddle-Playin’, Book-Readin’, Gun-Totin’ Gentlemen Who Started America

By Jonah Winter

History this lively should be required reading in school.

Recommended for ages 8+

Antheneum, 2015


Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics

By Catherine Thimmesh

Stories of strong women to inspire tween politic.

Recommended for ages 9+

Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books, 2008


Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America

By Teri Kanefield

Succinct, kid-friendly bio of America’s trendiest founder.

Recommended for ages 10+

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017


Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents

By Ken Burns

Lively, engaging intro to each U.S. president through Obama.

Recommended for ages 10+

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016