Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Welcome, President Obama!

Inauguration Day! Today's post will feature one children's picture book about Mr. President, Barack Obama and another about Presidential Inaugurations in general! Enjoy!

Grimes, Nikki.
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers: New York, NY.

Genre: Biography
Guided Reading Level:


Nikki Grimes gives a child's eye-view of our new President in her latest biography, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope. David and his mother sit in their apartment - a tenement, watching television. As Barack Obama appears on the screen before him, David questions his mother about who the man is. His mother eagerly takes him into her lap and begins telling her young son about this inspirational figure. The story of Barack Obama himself is told in simple language that would be easy for most readers to understand. However, David takes the words his mother gives him and turns them into a language that he can personally connect with, making this biography even more understandable for even the youngest children. The bright colorful illustrations draw attention to each page and also depict the surroundings in which Barack Obama grew up. This would make a great text to read to children as we welcome our new President into office.

Santella, Andrew.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.
Children's Press.

Ages: 9-11
Genre: Non-Fiction
Guided Reading Level:


This is a very detailed account of Presidential Inaugurations, from parades to weather to speeches all is explained. This book would be best be used as a read-aloud over the time span of several days before an inauguration. The text is very involved and will likely need to broken down and simplified for students to take the very most of it.

A few things I learned:
  • "John F. Kennedy's parade featured nuclear missles mounted on trucks" (28).
  • "In 1985 temperatures dropped below zero for Ronald Reagan's second inauguration" (31).
  • William Henry Harrison's inauguration speech was the longest ever - 10,000 words long! (20)
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