by Jaime Rodriguez, RDPFS Intern
President’s Day, established to honor the first George Washington, the first U.S. President, is coming up on February 21, 2022. This holiday, which has evolved to include all Presidents, is an important time to celebrate their lives and accomplishments. And what better way to learn about historical figures than by reading? For children ages five to eight, two print and braille “easy readers” are George Washington: Our First President, a biography, and Barack Obama: Out of Many, One, about the life of the 44th and the nation’s first black President. You can check your library for these books or purchase George Washington: Our First President for $7.75, here, and Barack Obama: Out of Many, One for $7.75, here on Seedlings.Org. For children ages eight to 14, two books available in braille that would be timely are Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents, featuring short biographies of all Presidents, and Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought), with short biographies and fun facts. Check the library or purchase Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents for $17, here, and purchase Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) for $15.50, here on Seedlings.Org. For older teens and adults, the American President series of 43 books on Audible.Com spans Presidents George Washington through George W. Bush. Many are available as audio and can be read for one credit each (which subscribers receive every month), with a monthly $14.95 subscription to Audible. Access the list of “American Presidents” on Audible.Com, here. Many can also be obtained from Learning Ally and BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) of the NLS (National Library Service) for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress. Happy President’s Day everyone! And happy reading!