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Books about Presidents

Our kids do a lot of learning outside of the classroom. One of the ways they learn is by reading. Reading i one of the fun ways to learn new things. Especially when you read non-fiction. Non-fiction books do not have to be boring, they can actually be really fun. When you are learning new, interesting, and fun things about someone that you already know something about you become more excited about that person, and about learning. That is why we are suggesting some fun non-fiction books this month. The President of the United States is someone new every 4 or 8 years. We know all of their names. We even know a little bit about some of the more popular ones. But do we know anything fun or personal about them? By learning something fun and personal about them we can learn more about them as individuals.

Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation: This fun book about our first President, George Washington, covers a wide range of background on the man who led our country in one of its most important moments. It tells about him as he was during his Presidency, and just before his presidency, and just after it. It really opens up about his slaves, his involvement  in the war, and creating our nation. This is a book for grades 5-8th.

Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy RooseveltThis book follows Theodore Roosevelt and discusses him as a child. Follow along and learn about the great bull moose president’s early years and how they shaped him to lead a country.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of HopeThis book allows kids to learn more about our most recent president. President Obama was probably the first president many of our kids had experience with. Now they can learn more about him as a child, the way he grew up, and how he became the man at the helm of change.

Best Boy Books in Historical Fiction: The Great Trouble

Does your son dream in black and white? Does he look for danger and mystery in everything he sees? You may have the next great detective on your hands. If your son is interested in mystery novels then this novel is a great choice.  The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson brings together mystery and history. It is an excellent way to not only keep your kids interested in reading, but also keeping them interested in reading and learning. 

Set in London in 1854 the book follows Eel, an orphan, and a “mudlark” he searches the river Thames everyday for things to sell so he can afford food. Like most vagrants he is constantly on the watch for a quick shilling, something to eat, and to steer clear of other vagrants. Fisheye Bill Tyler is the nastiest vagrant there is, and he is after Eel. Eel must do everything he can to keep safe, which becomes increasingly harder in August when Cholera comes to Broad Street. It is spreading quick, but Dr John Snow has a theory that can help to stop it. Eel and his best friend Florrie are trying to help Dr. Snow. This fun and intriguing tale of mystery and history will keep your boys turning pages as fast as they can.

The great trouble

Now your son can learn about the past while keeping his brain thinking fast and quenching his thirst for a great mystery. Check it out now at your local library or find it in stores. You and your boys will not be disappointed.


Knock-Knock: Who’s There?

We hit that stage. You know the stage. The Stage where everything is a punch-line. My kids have not stopped telling jokes in weeks. And after everything they say they add, “get it?” No, I don’t get it. Some of their jokes are so bad I want to cry. I want to scratch my head. So I did what I had to do. I broke down and talked jokes with them. I explained how a joke has a punch-line, and that it is the punch-line that makes the joke funny. Then I shared a few of my own favorites. You know those cheesy, corny ones that every parent has hidden in their arsenal. But those got old fast. REALLY FAST. That was when I went looking for some help.

Super Duper Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids. This fun little paperback has brought hours, and I do mean hours, of entertainment to my kids. But they weren’t just funny to the kids. Some of these jokes have actually cracked me up. Now when I pick them up from school I can hear them in the back of the car trying to make one another laugh. They share their favorites with me. It has even made the rounds in our bedtime story routine. Together we read our favorites, try them out on one another, and then laugh ourselves silly.

Knock-Knock Jokes

If you are looking for another way to connect with your kids this is definitely it. Jokes are the perfect way to connect. Everyone loves to laugh. Laughing is also a great way to relieve stress, so why not find more reasons to laugh? This book is easily accessible. We found it online, but a friend found it in her local library. The kids even found a copy in their school library. If you are ready to have some good old fashioned laughs with your kids, then you should definitely check it out.  It will have you all in stitches.