Over the years we’ve collected a small library of presidential books. From fun children’s books to data-filled scholarly texts, these are the books that we come back to year after year. We’d like to share a few favorites from our shelves.


Davis, Kenneth C. Don’t Know Much about History: Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned. HarperCollins, 2012.

Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Scholastic Press, 2009.

Voss, Frederick, et al. Packaging Presidents: 200 Years of Campaigns & Candidates. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, 2008.

Carlson, Brady. Dead Presidents: an American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders. W W Norton, 2017.

Hoover, Herbert, and Richard Norton Smith. Fishing for Fun–and to Wash Your Soul. Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 1990.

O’Brien, Cormac. Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the Men of the White House. Hallmark Gift Books, Quirk Books, 2012.

Davis, Kenneth C. In the Shadow of Liberty: the Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives. Square Fish, 2019.

Stauffer, John. Giants: the Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Twelve, 2009.

DeGregorio, William A. The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Gramercy Books, 2005.

Barnett, Mac, and Chris Van Dusen. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. Candlewick Press, 2016.

Presidential Campaign Posters: from the Library of Congress. Quirk Books, 2012.

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