So You Want to Be President
Author: Judith St. George
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Year: 2000
Brief Summary: Children learn interesting and fun facts/trivia about past presidents (from George Washington to Bill Clinton).
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 2001 Winner Non-Fiction United States
- Cuffies: Children’s Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2000 Winner Best Work of Non-Fiction United States
- Garden State Children’s Book Award, 2003 Winner Non Fiction United States
- Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2002 Winner Grades 3-5 Kentucky
- Mitten Award, 2000 Honor Book Michigan
- Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2002 Winner Grades 3-6 Pennsylvania
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 2001 Winner United States
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2001 ; Bank Street College of Education
- Booklist Book Review Stars, July 2000 ; American Library Association
- Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2000 ; American Library Association
- Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2000 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- Capitol Choices, 2000 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Literature Choice List, 2001 ; Children’s Literature
- Kirkus Book Review Stars, July 1, 2000
- Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 2000 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
- Notable Children’s Books, 2001 ; ALSC American Library Association
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- School Library Journal Best Books, 2000 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, August 2000 ; Cahners
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
- Unit on presidents — surprising/fun facts
- Make a chart about the advantages and disadvantages of being a president…can you think of other ones that the author didn’t mention?
- How many of you think you might want to be president? If not, what do you want to be when you grow up? What do you do in that occupation? What do you think you’ll need to do to prepare for that role? Write about your dream job.
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Social studies: occupations, presidents
- Text-to-self connections
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library