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As we come up on President’s Day, add one or more of these George Washington picture books to your reading list for preschool and elementary kids.
I love filling my shelves with picture books for every holiday and season through the year. These picture books are perfect for your American History, George Washington, and President’s Day lesson plans.
While these President’s Day picture books focus on George Washington, they’re a great segue into a study of the founding of America and all the presidents who came after him.
George Washington Picture Books
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of George Washington picture books that will help your elementary students learn about our first president.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
When Washington Crossed the Delaware – 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.
George Washington’s Teeth – From battling toothaches while fighting the British, to having rotten teeth removed by his dentists, the Father of His Country suffered all his life with tooth problems. Yet, contrary to popular belief, he never had a set of wooden teeth. Starting at the age of twenty-four, George Washington lost on average a tooth a year, and by the time he was elected president, he had only two left!
George Washington and the General’s Dog – Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! This Step 3 History Reader is about George Washington fighting in the American Revolution. He sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master?
George Washington’s Cows – David Small puts a hilariously sticky fingerprint on the well-polished veneer of American history, showing readers what really went on in the home of our first President.
George Washington’s Breakfast – George Washington Allen, a boy who never gives up until he finds out what he wants to know, is determined to learn all there is to know about his namesake, including what the first president ate for breakfast!
Take the Lead, George Washington – George Washington wanted to be a Virginia gentleman like his brother Lawrence until he got the chance to go on a wilderness trip as a surveyor’s assistant. It was a difficult—and even dangerous—journey. At times, George got discouraged, but his grit and determination kept him going.
George Washington – Learn all about George Washington, one of the most important figures in American history, in this colorful, inviting, and entertaining biography. This carefully leveled reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the historians of tomorrow!
George Washington: The First President – The life of George Washington is introduced in this early reader biography. After General Washington led the American colonists to victory in the Revolutionary War, everyone thought he should become the first president of the United States. Washington would turn out to be a strong leader and a wise president.
George Washington: A Picture Book Biography – A biography of the first President of the United States discusses Washington’s childhood, his rise to political prominence, his role as General during the American Revolution, and more.
I Am George Washington – George Washington was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known. He was never afraid to be the first to try something, from exploring the woods around his childhood home to founding a brand new nation, the United States of America. With his faith in the American people and tremendous bravery, he helped win the Revolutionary War and became the country’s first president.
My Little Golden Book About George Washington – Bright, appealing artwork and simple words introduce the youngest readers to our first president with engaging anecdotes, beginning with how young George liked to study and ride his horse. Fun facts at the end—such as that Washington’s image can be found on our dollar bill, our postage stamps, and on Mount Rushmore—round out this charming Little Golden Book.
A Picture Book of George Washington – Over two hundred years after his death, George Washington remains one of the most studied figures in American history. This clear and concise picture book biography covers the important facts and historical background, complemented by charming illustrations.
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
I love the detail on this hand-painted George Washington peg doll. It’s perfect for reenacting the life and times of our first president.
This set of hand-painted peg dolls features both George and Martha Washington.