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A good George Washington biography can transform a traditionally wooden, serious historical figure into the fascinating, multi-talented man that he really was! Most depictions of Washington show him as-- I don't mean to be disrespectful -- a super serious old guy with no personality. Kids can't relate to that.

The real George Washington was a man full of interests and talents, some quite fascinating to kids (ie... few kids know that he was actually a spymaster extraordinaire!) The George Washington biography books below do an exceptional job of humanizing him so that children can get to know how amazing he really was!

And, we also have lists for other presidents and great figures. Click to see Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, the founding fathers, Theodore Roosevelt.

our favorite George Washington
biography books

George Washington's

(a fun, kid friendly George Washington biography that focuses mainly on his dental struggles. A classroom staple!)
that by Deborah Chandra
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

George Washington
and the General's Dog

(a cute, easy reader that presents Washington in a way that kids will relate to, ie: how he cares for animals and treats others kindly)
by Frank Murphy
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

John, Paul, George,
and Ben

(quirky book with fictional childhood stories about four of the founding fathers--each coinciding with a known personality trait)
by Lane Smith
1st grade - 5th grade

Big George
How a Shy Boy Became
President Washington
readable George Washington biography with large dramatic illustrations that are full of emotion)
by Anne Rockwell

1st grade - 3rd grade

George Did It
(a fun book that personalizes Washington by discussing his personal traits and providing stories from his personal life)
by Suzanne Trupp Jurmain

2nd grade - 5th grade

George Washington's

by Jean Fritz
Fans of Jan Fritz's unique American history kids books will love this Washington biography.  It's a bit dated in quality tho!
2nd grade - 5th grade

Take the Lead,
George Washington

by Judith St. George
(Turning Point Series biography that highlights George Washington's childhood and the development of his character.)
1st grade - 5th grade

Washington at
Valley Forge

An award winning, gripping look at the miserable months Washington and his troops spent at Valley Forge.  By award winning author Russell Freedman.
grade - 8th grade

Farmer George
Plants a Nation

by Peggy Thomas
picture book for older readers focuses on George Washington as farmer, inventor, and scientist.)
3rd grade - 6th grade

George Washington: 25 Projects You Build Yourself
Provides lots of well-written background on Washington's life PLUS tons of projects to make
Grades 3-7

George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides
"An uncommonly balanced view of the American Revolution for younger readers…should be required reading." (Kirkus)
Grades 4-8

George Washington, Spymaster
Subbtitled "How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War." Designed with an authentic 1700's look.
Grades 6-9

Washington's Socks

A mysterious, magical rowboat transports five kids back in time to Battle of Trenton, where they meet soldiers, leaders and ordinary people. A Time Travel Adventures series book.
Grades 4-7

Oh Say, I Can't See
The Time Warp Trio are off on an adventure to 1776, just in time to meet up with Washington as he is plans to cross the Delaware.
Grades 2-5

Enjoy the books!

Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia (the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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