Every parent spends a great deal of time telling their children, “You can be anything you want to be when you grow up…even the President!” Did you know, however, that what you read to your child has a huge effect on them as they grow older and pursue their goals in life? Reading about presidents with your children can help them to realize that great presidents started life as normal people, and the greatest office in the land is not out of their reach. The next time you settle in with bedtime stories for kids, consider reading about presidents to start your child dreaming big.
Presidential Bedtime Stories for Kids
Bedtime stories for kids create interests, dreams and passion in children, which can last the rest of their lives. How many paleontologists started life as a kid who read everything they could about dinosaurs? What about policemen or firemen? Every child wants to be one at some point—some read all they can and grow up to do just that. It’s the same with becoming president. If your child expresses an interest in the presidency, encourage it with fun stories about past presidents.
Biographies Connect to Life
When kids explore biographies of famous figures with their parents, they are able to connect the lives of these people to their own experiences. When a child reads the famous (if apocryphal) story about Washington cutting down his father’s cherry tree, they learn the value of honesty from the man who was the first President.
When they read about Abraham Lincoln, they learn about equal rights and freedom from the man who freed the slaves. When they read about President Obama, they learn that the Presidency is open to anyone, regardless of their race or beginnings.
Look to the Future
As kids read stories about great figures of the past, from the distant to the recent, they learn how history changes and evolves. They learn that they could be the next person to do great deeds and lead the nation into the future. Reading about presidents can teach them how our government works, why it exists and the reasons behind its founding. They can then learn how important they are in the grand scheme of things. They come to understand that they can become a great leader no matter who they are.
Building Interest in Reading
It’s important to build interest in reading. Read with your child every day. Talk to them about what you read. Ask them what interested them about it, and discuss the themes the text explored. If you are having a hard time getting them motivated, start off with an interactive eBook that uses sound, animation and text all together to engage and interest them.
If you’re not sure where to begin, we can help. Check out the variety of free interactive eBooks we have available, and get your child started on the road to the Presidency today!