5 Children's Books by US Politicians

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Barack Obama is not alone. Other presidents - and presidential hopefuls - have also written books for children.

Barack Obama is not alone. Other presidents - and presidential hopefuls - have also written books for children.

#5 "Hero Tales from American History," by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge

Though best known for his dense historical writings, the 26th president also produced one children's book, six years before he took office. With fellow politician Henry Cabot Lodge, a future senate majority leader, Theodore Roosevelt wrote "Hero Tales from American History," 26 stories of great Americans in 1895. Intended for teen readers, the book describes American legends, heroes, and battles. Chapters by Roosevelt include "George Rogers Clark and the Conquest of the Northwest," "Remember the Alamo," and "The Death of Stonewall Jack." The authors explain their purpose in the book's introduction: "to tell in simple fashion the story of some Americans ... who proved their truth by their endeavor," which is, they say, "an especially good thing for young Americans to remember."

#4 "The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer," by Jimmy Carter

Post presidency, Jimmy Carter has become quite a prolific writer. He has published 21 books, including historical fiction novel "The Hornet's Nest," a highly praised volume of poetry entitled "Always a Reckoning," and one children's book, "The Little Baby Snoogle- Fleejer" in 1995. With illustrations by his daughter Amy, Carter tells the story of a young boy, Jeremy, who cannot walk. Unable to run like other children, he finds himself all alone, with no choice but to face a terrifying sea monster. In the end, Jeremy is surprised to find a friend in the little baby Snoogle-Flleejer.

#3 "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets," by Hillary Rodham Clinton

During her years as first lady, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets," a 208-page children's book with more than 80 photos of former first pets Socks the cat and Buddy the chocolate Labrador. …