The Next President

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The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America's Presidents by Kate Messner is an inspiring and informative book for kids about the past and future of America's presidents. When George Washington became the first President of the United States, nine future presidents were already alive in America'doing things like farm chores or studying medicine. This compelling exploration of the presidents before they were presidents'as kids, adventurers, journalists, prospectors, gun-slingers, TV hosts, and more'helps deliver the message that anyone can grow up to be president.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Behring Center, is responsible for the collection, care, and preservation of more than three million objects.


  • Hardcover
  • Illustrated throughout
  • 10.5" x 12.5"
  • 48 pages
  • Ages 8 to 12, grades 3 to 7
  • Written by Kate Messner
  • Illustrated by Adam Rex