Presidential Reading Challenge
host: Becky (of Becky's Book Reviews)
dates: four levels, three different end dates
required books: four levels, four different requirements.
Level one: Commit to reading ONE book between July 4, 2008 and November 4, 2008. The book can be fiction or nonfiction, for adults or for children. It needs to be about a president or first lady or in someway connected to the President (children, pets, other relatives, friends, etc.) The book can be written from other points of view--from a servant, slave, friend, aide, employee, etc.--but the President and/or someone from his family would need to enter into it at some point.
Level two: Commit to reading THREE books between July 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009. (Inauguration day according to Wikipedia).
Level three: Commit to reading FIVE books between July 4, 2008 and July 4, 2009.
Level four: This one is slightly different. And I don't know if I'll have any takers at all. But I thought It'd throw it out there just the same. This one doesn't have you committing to read books. It has you committing to read primary documents--speeches and such. There is a website that has links to all sorts of goodies. George Washington for example. Abraham Lincoln. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. John F. Kennedy. All 43 Presidents are there to choose from. So this level asks you to commit to reading 10 items. This one would go July 4, 2008 through July 4, 2009.
No lists are required. No blogs are required to participate. To sign up just leave a comment on this post indicating which level you'll be aiming for (1, 2, 3, or 4)
Here are some sites you might find helpful:
American President An Online Reference Resource
First Ladies' Bibliographies
From Revolution to Reconstruction
Internet Public Library (Presidents of the United States of America)
National First Ladies' Library
The National Archives: Presidents
The Presidents' Children
Wikipedia: Children of the Presidents
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