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Black History Month: Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Barack Obama, 44th US President

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American retired politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama, a member of the Democratic Party, was the first African-American president of the United States. Wikipedia

Books in our SORA Collection

We have the following books in our Monroe One SORA account:

  • Barack Obama by Shana Corey (One copy)
    Interest level: K-3
    A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about our forty-fourth president, Barack Obama--revised to include an account of his reelection and new photographs! With clear and accessible language, independent readers can learn how the lessons and love from Obama's mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his childhood feeling of being an outsider into a positive driving force that propelled him into the history books!
  • Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes (ebook) (One copy)
    Barack Obama by Nikki Grimes (audiobook) (One copy)
    Interest level: K-3
    Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.
  • Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama (ebook) (One copy)
    Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama (audiobook) (One copy)
    Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama (read & listen) (Two copies)
    Interest level: K-3
    In this poignant letter to his daughters, Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children. This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
  • Dream Big Dreams by Pete Souza (One copy)
    Audience: Juvenile
    Pete Souza served as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama's full two terms. He was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else - and he photographed them all, capturing scenes both classified and candid. Throughout his historic presidency, Obama engaged with young people as often as he could, encouraging them to be their best and do their best and to always "dream big dreams." In this timeless and timely keepsake volume that features over seventy-five full-color photographs, Souza shows the qualities of President Obama that make him both a great leader and an extraordinary man. With behind-the-scenes anecdotes of some iconic photos alongside photos with his family, colleagues, and other world leaders, Souza tells the story of a president who made history and still made time to engage with even the youngest citizens of the country he served.

Multimedia Resources

Scholastic News Kid Reporter

(Grades K-8) These Scholastic videos feature interviews with President Barack Obama during the lead-up to the 2012 election.