Presidents for Kids

In biographies for children, presidents are great even before they become president.

That is from Cate Plys and Robert Leighton’s Slate piece in which they point out the tendency for young reader presidential biographers to go the hagiographic route.  Be sure to check out their slide show with quotes from kid versus adult bios. (Thanks to Debbie Reese for the link.)

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  1. hope

    Um, no fair? Exactly what are you really supposed to tell second graders about the President that liked threesomes? I don’t think their examples are hagiographic as much as they are a small part of the picture that writers expect will be expanded as their audience gets older.

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  2. Hope, you are right — hagiography is probably a bit hyperbolic.

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