As a country without any official royalty of its own (Beyonce notwithstanding), the United States of America has always been preoccupied – even infatuated – with presidents and their families.
It is, therefore, not news that there’s no shortage of reading material about the presidency, especially during an election year. But you may be surprised – I was, anyway – at how many kids’ picture books about presidents there are.
(But there are almost no picture books about Senators or Attorneys General! C’mon, publishing industry. Thirty thousand picture books about bears but not a single one about county auditors?)
Many presidential picture books revolve around fictional occupants of the executive branch and the fictional kids who meet them – or are them.
And some books involve animals and other creatures who aspire to the presidency, or achieve it, but don’t let these books fool you: according to the Constitution, dogs, lions, Muppets, and aquatic invertebrates are not eligible to be president. Unless they serve in the House of Representatives first.