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Barack Obama
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

By: Barack Obama
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 8-9

Thisbeautiful book directly addresses President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha  throughout. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and to follow our own paths in life.

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama

By: Stephen Feinstein
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Level: 8-9

Barack Obama had a childhood full of adventure. He grew up to be a senator and run for U.S. president. This inspiring biography tells the exciting life story of this African-American hero.

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Barack

Barack

By: Jonah Winter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

This is a journey that began in many places. It began in Kansas, home of Barack’s mother. It began in Africa, home of Barack’s father. It began in Hawaii one moonlit night, the night that Barack was born. Sometimes it was a lonely journey. Sometimes it was an enchanted journey. But throughout this most unusual ride, this boy often wondered: Who am I? Where do I belong?

Jonah Winter and AG Ford re-create the extraordinary story behind the rise of the inspirational icon Barack Obama in this stunning picture book. …

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Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama

By: Garen Thomas
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Level: 12-13

In third grade, Barack Obama wrote an essay titled, “I Want to Become President”—and he is, to this day, determined to show the world that, yes, he can. Born in the U.S.A., the son of an African father and an American mother, a boy who spent his childhood in Indonesia and Hawaii, Barack Obama is truly a citizen of the world. His campaign for the presidency is powered by a fierce optimism, an exuberant sense of purpose and determination, and, above all, a belief that change can happen.

Garen Thomas takes …

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Barack Obama: Our 44th President

Barack Obama: Our 44th President

By: Beatrice Gormley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 12-13

President Barack Obama’s early involvement with politics was inspired by his mother’s interest in the controversial social issues of her times — a passion that she passed on to her son. As the first African American editor of the Harvard Law Review, the first African American presidential nominee of a major political party, and eventually the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama has consistently shattered barriers — barriers that some people thought could never be overcome.

However, life has not always been easy for President Obama. Born …

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Barack Obama: An American Story

Barack Obama: An American Story

By: Roberta Edwards
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 8-9

Of mixed race and cultures, Barack Obama struggled for years with his identity and place in society. Having found his niche in public service, he has made history as the fifth African American U.S. senator ever to be elected. Now “the skinny kid” continues his political journey and strives to become the nation’s first black president. From Hawaii to Chicago to Washington, D.C., Senator Obama’s life has been interesting and inspiring.

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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

By: Nikki Grimes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 8-9

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated …

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