Wednesday, November 05, 2008

¡Obamos a leer!

Almost every political figure has a picture book and our new president and presidential candidates are not the exception.

¡Obamonos a leerlos!

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (August 26, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416971440
ISBN-13: 978-1416971443

Product Description
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.

My Dad, John McCain by Meghan McCain. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416975284
ISBN-13: 978-1416975281

Product Description
Born the son and grandson of military men, Senator John McCain from Arizona was destined for a life serving his country in the armed forces. Like many great men, he occasionally struggled with authority, but once he found his true calling -- flying naval aircraft -- his ideals and commitment to his country took him far.

From the low point of five years as a prisoner of war to the high points of raising a large, happy family and being chosen as the Republican nominee in the 2008 presidential election, Senator McCain has lived an incredible life driven by a love of his country and a desire to serve it to the best of his ability.

This picture book biography, written with great love and insight by his oldest daughter, writer Meghan McCain, shows us the public John McCain and the personal John McCain in a way we've never seen before -- making this American hero come to life before young eyes.

About the Author
Meghan McCain is a blogger who documents life on the campaign trail with her father and muses about fashion, music, and pop culture. Check out her blog at

Meghan is the oldest daughter of John McCain, U.S. senator from Arizona and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Cindy Hensley McCain. She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Columbia University, where she majored in art history. McCain interned at Newsweek magazine and Saturday Night Live.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Orlando, Florida.

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Amy June Bates.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (August 26, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416971297
ISBN-13: 978-1416971290

Product Description
When Hillary was young, she wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn't listen to them. There were people who didn't think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.

About the Author
Kathleen Krull is the author of A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought), illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, as well as a number of other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children. Illustrating books has always been her dream.
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Anonymous said...

Too bad the Obama book's not in Spanish. I could use it in my class.

Anonymous said...

Why not translate it yourself? I have done that in my classes. If there is a good title that isn't in Spanish, I translate it.

Try it!