Tag Archives: Biography

Unique Stories about U.S. Presidents

Unique Stories about U.S. Presidents

More Homework Help – History & Social Studies

The Camping Trip That Changed America

The Camping Trip That Changed America is the story of a very important adventure in the great outdoors. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt asked naturalist John Muir to take him camping. Roosevelt was so ready to get lost in the woods he ordered all of his aids away. The two men hiked and camped alone in the redwoods of Yosemite. Muir talked about the geology and the animals and the things he felt endangered them. President Roosevelt watched and listened. When he returned to Washington, President Roosevelt got to work.

In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service. Their spokesperson is someone you might know – Smokey the Bear! The books listed below will feature more unique and interesting stories about our presidents, their families and their time in office.


Whie House WinnersWhite House Winners – Provides facts and trivia about the United States presidents, including George Washington’s false teeth, James Madison’s love of ice cream, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s stamp collection, and Lyndon B. Johnson’s amphibious car.


Weird But True US PresidentsWeird But True US Presidents – What’s so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse–twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let’s not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you’ll have a blast learning that there’s a lot of substance–and weirdness–in every president’s past.


Hanging Off Jefferson's NoseHanging off Jefferson’s Nose: Growing up on Mount Rushmore – Lincoln Borglum was a young boy when his father, the great sculptor Gutzon Borglum, suggested to a group of South Dakota businessmen that he should carve the faces of four presidents into a side of a mountain as an attraction for tourists. But Mount Rushmore would never be finished by Gutzon. It would be his son who would complete the fourteen-year task and present America with one of its most iconic symbols.


What To Do About AliceWhat to do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy! – A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.


Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a PicnicHot Dog!: Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic – In June of 1939, British monarchs King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit America, the first visit ever by reigning British royalty. As part of the festivities, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic that includes hot dogs, a menu item that shocked some people!


What's the Big Deal About First LadiesWhat’s the Big Deal about First Ladies? – Discusses what made each first lady unique and describes their role, ambitions, and partnerships with their presidential husbands.


Did President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding a Horse Drawn CarriageDid President Grant Really Get a Ticket for Speeding in a Horse-drawn Carriage? – Discusses facts and myths about American presidents, including if Washington cut down a cherry tree, if Lincoln walked twenty miles to school, and if Taft weighed more than an elephant.


White House KidsWhite House Kids: the Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents’ Children – Shares the experiences of growing up in the White House, discusses the good and the bad, and profiles the children that have lived there.


The First PupThe First Pup: the Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House – Once upon a time, a man named Barack Obama ran for president of the United States. On the night of his victory, he made a very important announcement…his daughters would get a puppy!


Mis Lady Bird's WildflowersMiss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America – A biography of Lady Bird Johnson who, as the wife of President Lyndon Johnson, reminded citizens about the importance of conserving natural resources and promoted the beautification of cities and highways by planting wildflowers.


First KidsFirst Kids: the True Stories of all the Presidents’ Children – First Kids are, and were, kids like any other, they just lived with parents who happened to be busy running the free world. This book will highlight all of the 43 president’s children leading into their adulthood.


Presidential MisadventuresPresidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge – A rollicking collection of presidential poems shares lively facts about the misbehaviors of America’s commanders-in-chief.


Kid PresidentsKid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents – Presents twenty stories featuring the United States presidents when they were children, including William Taft’s dance lessons, Lyndon Johnson’s classroom pranks, and Gerald Ford’s struggles with dyslexia.


First MothersFirst Mothers – Profiles of the American presidents’ mothers reveal their achievements while sharing anecdotes and childhood stories, from Thomas Jefferson’s mother’s solo management of a plantation to Abraham Lincoln’s mother’s stint as a wrestler.


The President's Stuck in the BathtubThe President’s Stuck in the Bathtub : Poems about the Presidents – A playful, poetic celebration of lesser-known presidential events and eccentricities reveals such examples as John Quincy Adams’ skinny-dipping forays in the Potomac and Herbert Hoover’s Chinese-language conversations with his wife, in a volume complemented by footnotes and an additional “Presidential Notes and Quotes” section. 10,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild Premier.


Rutherford B. Who Was He?Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems about Our Presidents – Innovative rhymes about America’s 19th president while placing his achievements within the context of his time, incorporating short biographical details and presidential quotes.

Print This Post Print This Post

Women’s History: Writers

Women’s History: Writers

More Homework Help: Women’s History

Brave Jane Austen: Writer, Reader, Author, Rebel

Brave Jane Austen is a picture book biography of the novelist Jane Austen. She is recognized as one of the most important and influential writers of all time. Her most famous books are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. She liked to write about strong women characters and she was one herself! Listed below are biographies and autobiographies of other women writers. Some of them are the authors of books you probably like to read like J.K. Rowling, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project


Books

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

House of Dreams the Life of L.M. MontgomeryLooking Back a Book of MemoriesOrdinary Extraordinary Jane AustenBrown Girl DreamingMiss Mary ReportingGirl from YamhillMy Own Two FeetZoraLooking BackLittle Author in the Big WoodsBeatrix Potter and Her PaintboxMaya AngelouBronte SistersLouisa May AlcottVoice of her OwnBylinesIda B WellsLibertys VoiceTen Days a MadwomanCornelia FunkeCynthia KadohataGrace LinJ.K. RowlingJennifer HolmJudy BlumeKate DiCamilloKatherine PatersonMadeline L'EngleRed Bird SingsUrsula LeGuinYuyi MoralesWrite On MercyPhillis Sings Out FreedomWanda Gag
Print This Post Print This Post

Women’s History: Scientists, Inventors & Doctors

Women’s History: Scientists, Inventors & Doctors

More Homework Help: Women’s History

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea is the story of someone solving a mystery right here on earth. She didn’t have to go to the moon she just had to figure out how to “see” the bottom of the ocean! Marie Tharp was an innovative scientist and the first person to ever successfully draw an accurate map the ocean floor.

Choose more books on this page about pioneering female scientists, astronauts, doctors and inventors.

“Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.”

~National Women’s History Project

Books:

Use your indyPL Library Card to check out books at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. Click on a book jacket below to request a book or download it. Need help? Call or ask a Library staff member at any of our locations, text a librarian at 317 333-6877, or leave a comment.

Ada LovelaceAda's IdeasCounting on KatherineGrace Hopper Queen of Computer CodeHidden FiguresMargaret and the MoonMarie CurieNothing Stopped SophieThe Girl Who Drew ButterfliesThe Girl Who Thought in PicturesAda Lovelace Poet of ScienceTo the StarsIn the BagJulia Morgan Built a CastleLook UpMae JemisonMarvelous MattieMary Walker Wears the PantsOf Numbers and StarsSally RideSpic and SpanStone Girl Bone GirlTemple GrandinWho Says Women Cant Be Doctors

Group Biographies:

Galaxy GirlsWomen Scientists in ChemistryAfrican America Women Scientists and InventorsGirls Think of EverythingMagnificent MindsPure GritRemarkable MindsThe Sky's the LimitTop 101 Women of STEMTrailblazersWomen in SpaceWomen in ScienceWomen of Steel and StoneYes She Did Medicine
Print This Post Print This Post