Presidents in Picture Books

Posted on September 14, 2020

by Eric P

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.

Cover of Grace for President Cover of Grace for President

Grace for President

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Cover of When Penny Met POTUS Cover of When Penny Met POTUS

When Penny Met POTUS

Cover of Mr President Goes to School Cover of Mr President Goes to School

Mr President Goes to School

Cover of Madam President Cover of Madam President

Madam President

Cover of Madeline at the White House Cover of Madeline at the White House

Madeline at the White House

Cover of Arthur Meets the President Cover of Arthur Meets the President

Arthur Meets the President

Cover of President Pennybaker Cover of President Pennybaker

President Pennybaker

Cover of Now Hiring: White House Dog Cover of Now Hiring: White House Dog

Now Hiring: White House Dog

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.

Cover of Snoopy for President Cover of Snoopy for President

Snoopy for President

Cover of The President of the Jungle Cover of The President of the Jungle

The President of the Jungle

Cover of Woodrow for President Cover of Woodrow for President

Woodrow for President

Cover of President Squid Cover of President Squid

President Squid

Cover of Buddy for President Cover of Buddy for President

Buddy for President

Cover of Dubs Runs for President Cover of Dubs Runs for President

Dubs Runs for President

Cover of I Want to be President Cover of I Want to be President

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