Happy Birthday, presidents! Your kids are probably home today. Your husband may even be home. Because some pretty cool men were born a long time ago. I really like presidents. I’m not 100% sure why. I think it might have something to do with the fact that it the most pomp and circumstance our country has. I also think it is super interesting that people get so crazy about politics and certain presidents in particular. Presidents are human beings, who make mistakes just like us. They have families and friends and hobbies and interests. And some are known for doing GREAT things. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are two of my faves. That Lincoln was a stylish figure and George had curls for days. I will generally stop to check out anything presidential themed. So color me happy when I spied this ‘I am Abraham Lincoln‘ book at Target. The moment I spotted the book I thought about not really knowing why I like Abraham Lincoln so much and I wondered what they say about him to the kids at school. But I digress. This book is freaking amazing. You MUST get it for your kids.
First off, Brad Meltzer is a legit writer. But from the day his son was born, he knew that he wanted to share people he considered heroes with him at an early age. Read more about his “Heroes for my Son” book here. I believe this book was born out of that. These books show these important historical figures as young people not when they were famous. This really helps the kid to connect with the amazing characteristics these exceptional people possessed. The focus is also on ordinary people changing the world. YES! Let’s get our kids to know that they can make a difference! The drawings are great, the writing is great and Abe Lincoln was great. I read the book, standing in Target and knew I had to bring it home for my boys to read. Abe truly stood up for what he believed in and stood out for fighting for the rights of others. This book discusses that and shows great character. All written in a way that children can easily understand. And if they can’t, it is a great starting point for a family discussion.
Turns out Brad Meltzer has written a few other books that I am sure are equally amazing. I would love to pick these up as well. Have you run across these? I encourage you to pick these up and even think of donating these to your school library. They are absolutely fantastic.
You can order the book here