If you’re looking for books to help you learn about the presidents in your homeschool, we’ve got some ideas for you! Whether you need picture books, chapter books, or biographies of a specific president, we hope this list will be a help to your homeschool. Scroll all the way to the bottom for some fun extras like coloring books and audio recordings.

Picture Books About the Presidency

America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney (ages 4 to 8)

This patriotic ABC picture book will acquaint your younger learners to some of the major figures in U.S. history. Your children might also enjoy Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America by the same author (wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney).

Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown (ages 4 to 8)

When Arthur wins an essay contest on the topic, ‘How can I help make America great?’ he and his class win a trip to Washington, D.C. Not only will they get to meet the President, but Arthur will deliver his speech in front of the whole country. Will Arthur’s nerves get the best of him, or will he truly be able to help make America great?

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (ages 4 to 8)

From the creators of Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type comes this hysterical introduction to politics. Come along with Duck as he campaigns for the highest office in the land.

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio (ages 4 to 8)

When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides she wants to be the nation’s first and immediately jumpstarts her political career by running in her school’s mock election! The race is tougher than she expected: her popular opponent declares that he’s the “best man for the job” and seems to have captured the votes of all of the class’s boys. But Grace is more determined than ever. Even if she can’t be the best man for the job, she can certainly try to be the best person! This story not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system but also teaches the value of hard work, courage, and being an independent thinker.

Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Maricano (ages 4 to 8)

Madeline fans will love visiting the White House in the company of Miss Clavel and the twelve little girls in two straight lines. They are on a mission to visit Candle Randall, the only daughter of the U.S. President, who is a very lonely little girl until Madeline comes to call. This book will take your child on a whimsical tour of our nation’s capital with Madeline and friends.

Presidents’ Day by Anne Rockwell (ages 4 to 8)

This book shows kids in an elementary school classroom learning about Presidents’ Day by putting on a play showcasing different presidents. At the end of the book, the children vote for class president with an unexpected outcome.

Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Nation’s Capital by Charlotte Pence (ages 6 to 12)

In this book the wife and daughter of former Vice President Mike Pence team up to give us a window into what makes America so special from the point of view of their pet bunny, Marlon Bundo, also known as BOTUS (bunny of the United States). Marlon’s Grandma, Karen Pence, teaches him the Pledge of Allegiance and shows him around the nation’s capital, visiting historical landmarks and learning about the founding principles articulated in the Pledge.

So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George (ages 7 to 12)

This humorous look at the presidency covers some of the perks and drawbacks of being the leader of the free world. Packed with little-known facts and quirky anecdotes about the first 42 presidents, this book brings the presidents to life as real people.

Meet the Chief: A Fun Look at the U. S. Presidents by Joel F. King (ages 8 and up)

This colorful reference book from Master Books is a great resource to have on hand. Each president gets a full-color spread with key facts, a timeline, photographs, quotes, and trivia questions. This would make an excellent companion to our FREE Presidents Printable.

Early Readers

These would all be great choices for newly independent readers or those who are ready for longer books, but still like having a picture on every page (ideal for ages 6 to 9). These are amusing stories that will hold your kids’ attention, rather than dull recitations of facts.

Books About Specific Presidents

George Washington

George Washington by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (ages 4 to 11)

This gorgeous picture book is an inspiring look at our nation’s first President that will captivate kids of all ages. It has beautiful color illustrations to keep your littlest ones engaged as well as detailed descriptions of Washington’s childhood growing up on a Virginia plantation, through his schooling and life at Mount Vernon, up to his leadership of the struggling colonies through the Revolutionary War.

Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards (ages 6 to 11)

This easy chapter book with plentiful illustrations and simple, clear text gives a good overview of George Washington’s life. Perfect for newly independent readers.

Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (ages 7 to 12)

Slightly more advanced than the Who Was? biography, this Landmark book is another great introduction to the life of our nation’s first President. With short chapters and engaging text, this would make a good family read-aloud or a nice addition to your morning basket.

When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney (ages 8 to 10)

Christmas night, 1776, was a troubled time for our young country. In the six months since the Declaration of Independence had been signed, General George Washington and his troops had suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the British. It looked as though our struggle for independence might be doomed, when Washington made a bold decision. He would lead the main body of his army across the Delaware River and launch a surprise attack on enemy forces. An inspiring story of victory against all odds.

George Washington: True Patriot by Janet and Geoff Benge (ages 10 to 15)

Part of the Heroes of History series, this chapter book chronicles the life of George Washington, showing how time after time in moments of crisis the colonies turned to General Washington to lead them through. As commander in chief of the Continental army, chairman of the Constitutional Convention, and first president, this indispensable American served the struggling nation when its survival hung in the balance.

George Washington’s Rules to Live By (12 and up)

This would be excellent reading for your middle or high schooler, written by Washington himself at age 14. It’s a quick read (only 30 pages) and provides great fodder for discussion with 110 rules ranging from common sense manners like not speaking with your mouth full to more unique personal policies that Washington created for himself. I love this window into colonial life and customs through the eyes of a teenager.

George Washington’s Farewell Address by George Washington (ages 14 and up)

Great primary source reading for your high schooler, this is the farewell address George Washington wrote when he announced he would leave the presidency. It encapsulates a view of the Union, the Constitution, and good citizenship that is an important part of American political thought today, so much so that the Senate has an annual tradition of reading Washington’s address aloud each February.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (ages 4 to 11)

Another classic work by the D’Aulaires, recreated with the vivid colors of the original 1940 printing, this biography follows Honest Abe from his youth in the wilderness of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, to his days practicing law, running for office, and eventually becoming president of the United States.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books (ages 5 to 8)

This moving picture book is a must-read for all bibliophiles! With endearing illustrations and self-made text, this story is a tribute to a true lifelong learner. It describes how young Abe listened to the storytelling of his parents. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. And when he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. Books changed his life, and he, in turn, changed the world.

The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President (ages 6 to 10)

Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the tallest president, who gave the greatest speech, and had the strongest conviction. But did you know that he was also the most distracted farmer, the best wrestler, and the craftiest storyteller? The nineteen poems in this volume share fascinating stories about events in Lincoln’s life, while history notes go even deeper into how he excelled.

Abraham Lincoln by John Perritano (ages 7 to 9)

This easily digestible picture book biography emphasizes Lincoln as a self-educated ordinary man who rose to the highest office in the land and held the country together during one of its darkest moments.

Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator by Augusta Stevenson (ages 8 to 12)

Perfect for children who are just getting into chapter books, this book imagines what life was like for young Abraham Lincoln, weaving together historical anecdotes in a way that brings history to life. Part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series.

Other Resources to Add to Your Presidents Study

George Washington: First in the Hearts of His Country Audio CD by Jim Weiss (ages 7 and up)

Created and told by master storyteller Jim Weiss, this 80 minute audio drama presents the story of George Washington as commander-in-chief and constitutionalist, political leader and peaceful farmer, family man and father of a nation. Listeners will discover why George Washington truly merits the title “first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Your family might also enjoy Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America by Jim Weiss.

Fandex Field Guides

These colorful decks of cards are perfect for strewing or on-the-go learning. The Presidents, First Ladies, and 50 States field guides would all be a great addition to your Presidents studies.

Presidents Coloring Books

Dover Publications has several coloring books to reinforce your learning about the Presidents:

Adventures in Odyssey: For God and Country

In these 12 patriotic episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, your children will join Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride, meet President Abraham Lincoln as the United States is being torn in two, escape with runaway slaves on the secret Underground Railroad and witness how “The Star-Spangled Banner” was composed on a battlefield by dawn’s early light. You’ll get four hours of listening perfect for President’s Day, Independence Day, or any day you’d like to learn more about American history.

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Aimee grew up in rural Michigan, where she was captivated by Jesus as a teenager and married her high school sweetheart. Together they moved to New England where they homeschool their two children together. Aimee has a Master's degree in Biblical Languages from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She enjoys exploring new places, reading great stories, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.