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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Washington's Birthday (President's Day)

Washington's Birthday (a.k.a President's Day) falls on the third Monday in February. Many American's celebrate George Washington's birthday (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoldn's birthday (Feb. 21) in additon to all of the men who have served as American Presidents. Washington's birthday has been celebrated in history all the way back during his presidency but became an official federal holiday in 1885 by President Chester Allen Arthur. Then in 1968, Congress passed legislation enacting Washington's birthday to always be on the third Monday in Febuary instead of on his exact birthdate. The legislation is known as the Uniform Monday's Holiday Act which created Columbus Day and moved Memorial Day and Veteran's Day to Mondays as well. (Veteran's Day was later changed back to it's orginal date of Nov. 11.)

Some good books on U.S. Presidents:

"So You Want to Be President" by Judith St. George, Illus. by David Small (2001 Caldecott Medal Winner) (through President Clinton), Suggested age 7+ years old.

"Arthur Meets the President" by Marc Brown, Suggested age 3+ years old.

"The Big Book of U.S. Presidents" by Victoria Sherrow (through President Clinton), Suggested age 8+ years old.

"Lincoln: A Photobiography" by Russell Freedman (1988 Newberry Medal Winner), Suggested age 8+ years old.

"Theodore" by Frank Keating, Suggested age 4+ years old.

"George Washington's Breakfast" by Jean Fritz, Illus. by Tomie dePaola,
Suggested age 4+ years old.

"The Story of the White House" by Kate Waters, Suggested age 4+ years old.

Happy Birthday George Washington!

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