Presidential Podium Video Challenge

Some Cool Information to Help You Make a Great Video

The Library of Congress Teaching With Primary Sources has put together a lot of information about Presidents including:

Presidential Bibliography

Books with an * are available at the Young Readers Center. Come visit us Monday – Saturday between 9 AM – 4:30 PM in the Jefferson Building!

Bausum, Ann. Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama. National Geographic Children's Books, 2013. (Grade 4-7)*

Bow, James. What is the Executive Branch? Crabtree Publishing Company, 2013. (Grade 4-8)*

Brower, Kate Andersen. The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House. Harper, 2015. (Grade 10+)

Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty for President. Roaring Brook Press, 2012. (Grade 2-5)*

Burns, Ken, illus. Gerald Kelly. Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016. (Grade 5-9)*

Duignan, Brian. The Executive Branch of the Federal Government: Purpose, Process, and People. Britannica Educational Publishing, 2009. (Grade 9-12)

Gibbs, Nancy & Michael Duffy. The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity. Simon & Schuster, 2012. (Grade 10+)

Jennings, Ken. Ken Jennings' Junior Genius Guides: U.S. Presidents. Little Simon, 2014. (Grade 3-5)*

Krull, Kathleen. Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2011. (Grade 4-8)*

Pious, Richard M., The Presidency of the United States: A Student Companion. Oxford University Press, USA, 2002. (Grade 7-12)

Rubel, David. Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times. Scholastic, 2009. (Grade 3-7)

Singer, Marilyn, illus. John Hendrix. Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents. Disney*Hyperion, 2013. (Grade K-3)*

Stier, Catherine, illus. Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan. If I Were President. Albert Whitman & Company, 1999. (Grade K-3)*

Thimmesh, Catherine. Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics. Houghton Mifflin,2004.(Grade1-4)*

Townsend, Michael. Where Do Presidents Come From? And Other Presidential Stuff of Super Great Importance. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012. (Grade 3-7)*

Winston, Sherri. President of the Whole Sixth Grade. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. (Grade 3- 7)*

By participating you agree that the Library of Congress can show your video on its premises, including the Young Readers Center, and post it on its website at

What to do:

(see full instructions under Kids page)

  • Record your presidential remarks
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Email the link to [email protected]
  • Submit by February 15, 2017

Make Your Own Presidential Podium

Download the official YRC Presidential Podium Seal

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