Review of Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood From America’s Presidents


Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood From America’s Presidents by David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner

Age Range: 9 – 12 years

Grade Level: 4 – 7

Hardcover: 224 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books (October 28, 2014)

Genre: Non-fiction

Source: From publisher for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The kids who grew up to be president were like a lot of other children.
Some struggled with schoolwork and got into fights; others pranked their
teachers and infuriated their parents. William Howard Taft was forced
to take dance lessons. Gerald Ford struggled with dyslexia. Teddy
Roosevelt had a bedroom “museum” full of dead animals. Kid Presidents
features 20 captivating true stories from the childhoods of American
presidents, complete with lively text and more than 200 cartoon
illustrations. Laugh-out-loud funny and packed with cool facts, it’s the
perfect read for all young future leaders of the free world.

My Thoughts:

What a fun book! I read this out loud to my kids at bedtime and they
loved it. It tells true stories of US presidents from when they were children.
Some of the stories are funny, some inspiring, and all of them are
interesting. Even presidents struggled with
their weight, bullies, and disabilities.  Many of the presidents had
passions for things other than politics, like animals, baseball, and
arrowhead collecting.  The stories in this book made our political leaders more human in the eyes of my kids. 

This book does not focus on the presidents’ time in the White House
other than a brief mention in each story. It focuses on their
childhoods and one or two traits that made them unique.

This is a good book for kids interested in learning more about the American presidents and what they were like as children.

Content: clean

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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1 Comment

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    nancy john
    October 27, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Thank you! Our kids are having fun and learning new things . This looks like so much fun for them.

    Premature Children disabilities

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