Presidential Picture Books

The audacity of hope
The audacity of hope

The battle to be the next President of the United States has entered a new field – children’s books. There are two new picture book biographies out about the two candidates.

Barack Obama’s is called  Barack Obama : Son of Promise, Child of Hope and is by renowned children’s author Nikki Grimes.

John McCain’s is called My Dad : John Mccain and is written (in case you didn’t already guess) by his daughter, first time writer, Meghan McCain.

The blurbs for both books are pretty saccharine. We read that “Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him.” Aww… and the book about John McCain is “making this American hero come to life before young eyes.” Awesome.

This picture book style of politician biography for living politicians is a relatively new trend. A Amazon search for children’s books on George Bush bring up only traditional text based non-fiction and searching for Bill Clinton brings up the same, along with a book of paper dolls! No pop-ups though.