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Presidential Poetry

I love to read biographies because I can learn so many interesting things about people. Among the biographies I love to read are those of the Presidents of the United States, and recently I’ve found some great new books that present Presidential biographies in a poetic format. While many people may not connect the genres of poetry and biography, children’s poets are masters at using their medium to convey information. These works of nonfiction poetry offer some great benefits to young readers, one of which is the fact that they are very short. 


The concise format allows the author to provide a lot of information in a small space, allowing readers to get a sense of the person without reading a lengthy biography. Another benefit to readers is that the poetry allows for humor to shine through and give readers funny facts that may not fit in a traditional biography format. For example, The Presidents Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents (written by Susan Katz and illustrated by Robert Newbecker) features a poem about William Taft who weighed 340 pounds and often had problems with his size. This book features different poetry styles that bring to life little known tidbits about the presidents and their family members.


 Another great book of Presidential poems is Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by John Hendrix. Singer does a great job of bringing the presidents to life by packing her poems with information, but she also includes some additional fun facts at the end for those who want just a little bit more. Hendrix’s humorous illustrations also add to overall playful tone of this great book. 


If you still don’t have your fill of presidential poetry, then you can also check out Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge, written by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Dan Burr. Featuring clerihew, which is a simple poetic form specifically invented to make fun of famous people, this collection of poems and comic illustrations add great insight and humor into the presidential antics. So if you want to have a little fun but still want to learn a little bit more about our Commander and Chiefs, then why not check out a little bit of presidential poetry on this recommendation from us here at “Worlds Awaiting.”

 

By Rachel Wadham, Host, WORLDS AWAITING


The Presidents Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz illustrated by Robert Newbecker. Clarion Books, 2012.

Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by John Hendrix. Disney-Hyperion, 2013.

Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge by Bob Raczka and illustrated by Dan Burr. Roaring Brook Press, 2015.

 

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At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.



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