I hope to work on my US presidents project this year as I read some of the biographies (and autobiographies) that I picked out a few years ago for this project. Thursdays seem like a good day to update my progress on the Presidents Project, so that’s the plan.
Books to read in 2016:
1. Finish reading Ronald Reagan by H.W. Brands. I’m on page 122, and I hope to pick this book back up and finish it in January.
2. Decision Points by George W. Bush.
3. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham.
4. Truman by David McCullough. 1993 Pulitzer Prize winner.
5. Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too by Stanley Young. (Landmark history book for middle grade readers)
6. Lincoln and Douglas: The Years of Decision by Regina Z. Kelly. (Landmark)
7. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Anna Erskine Crouse and Russel Crouse. Another Landmark history, not about a U.S. president, but it is about two men, either of whom could have become president had they not allowed their personal feud to consume them.
8.The Story of Ulysses S. Grant by Jeanette Covert Nolan. Another juvenile biography.
9. Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg.
10. Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation by Peggy Thomas. Picture book biography emphasizing Jefferson’s skills and interest as a naturalist and gentleman farmer.
11. The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades) by Carla Killough McClafferty.
12. The President and Mom’s Apple Pie by Michael Garland. In this fictional picture book, set in 1909, President William Howard Taft comes to town to dedicate the new flagpole, but he gets distracted by the aroma of mom’s apple pie.
13. The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz.
This list seems readable to me. The huge tomes are balanced by light and easy picture books. Again, I can’t wait to get started.