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Lincoln Memorial
  Lincoln Memorial – The Lincoln Memorial is a Greek-style temple with 36 huge columns (when the memorial was built, there were 36 states). Inside, there's the magnificent marble statue of Abraham Lincoln and words from the Gettysburg Address inscribed on the wall. No tickets required for this grand monument, just sit on the steps, under Lincoln's feet, and look down over the reflecting pool toward the Washington Monument.
  Washington Monument – The Washington Monument commemorates George Washington, first president of the United States, and "father of the country." The obelisk, 555 ft. high, is the tallest building in the city, and it stands out like no other. High speed elevators whisk you to the top of the monument, for views in all directions (kids will enjoy looking down over Washington, DC, a living miniature city).
      Tip: In summer, be sure to buy tour tickets in advance: Washington Monument
      To visit the monument, it's free but your best bet is to reserve tickets in advance. Call 1.800.967.2283. Otherwise, you can obtain a same-day ticket, however same-day tickets are given out on a first-come-first-serve basis, starting at 8:30am (so come early to get a ticket, before they run out).
    War Memorials – In this area you'll find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, Korean War Veteran's Memorial and National World War II Memorial.
      All are worth a look, but the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a unique experience. Kids can walk along this eloquent black granite monument, feeling the names of soldiers who died in war. At the World War II Memorial, reach out to touch the Field of Stars, 4,000 stars commemorate 400,000 soldiers.
Jefferson Memorial pedal boats
  Tidal Basin – The Tidal Basin, framed with cherry trees that bloom in spring, is the perfect place to get out and stretch your legs. Around the Tidal Basin are three memorials - Jefferson Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
    In summer, relax out on the water in a pedal boat. Pedal boats can be rented from the boat house, at 15th St. and East Basin Dr., kitty corner from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
      Jefferson Memorial – Jefferson Memorial houses a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson, principal author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. The ceiling looks like the Pantheon in Rome. On the lower floor, don't miss exhibits about the life of Jefferson.
      Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial – Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial has four fountains and outdoor "stone rooms," inscribed with Roosevelt's words on World War II. Kids will want to pat the ears of the bronze statue of Roosevelt's Scottie dog, Fala.
      Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – The memorial is a large rock-hewn statue of Marting Luther King Jr, and is inscribed with quotations from his famous speeches, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
      Tip: The best and most fun way to see all the memorials is to rent bikes at L'Enfant Plaza.
  Bureau of Engraving & Printing – Take a forty minute tour to see where the U.S. dollars are printed, starting with blank paper, and ending up with real money! Watch bank notes as they're printed, and check out shredded money (200+ notes make an inch of shredded money). This is a big hit with kids, and tours are free. Tours are given on weekdays only (for the tour schedule, call 1.866.874.2330).
      Tip: From March through August, tickets are required, available on the same-day, first-come-first-serve basis, starting at 8:00am (15th St. entrance). Get there early (even before 8:00am) on the day you want to visit. One person can pick up four tickets (families of five or more will need two people to pick up tickets). Or, if you plan in advance, contact your Congressional representative to arrange tickets to tour the Bureau of Engraving & Printing.
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Looking at Lincoln
Maira Kalman

A fresh, fun look at Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president. He loved apples and vanilla cake, hated slavery, believed the country should stay united, and when you visit the Lincoln Memorial, you can look into his beautiful eyes. Fabulously illustrated, this is a gem. (Picture book)

 

     
The Lincoln Memorial
Kristin L. Nelson

Fun facts about the Lincoln Memorial – how was it built, how big is the statue of President Lincoln, when was it finished, why are there thirty-six columns? (Picture book)

 

 
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The Washington Monument kids washington dc  
The Washington Monument
Kristin L. Nelson

Find out about the Washington Monument before you visit – who planned the monument, how long did it take to build (36 years), what is it made of (two kinds of marble), is it tallest stone building in Washington DC. (Picture book)

 

     
Who Was Thomas Jefferson?
Dennis Brindell Fradin, John O'Brien

Thomas Jefferson was not only author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, he read and spoke multiple languages, played the violin, loved horseback riding, invented tools, collected fossils, designed buildings. (Chapter book)

 

 
     
 
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt?
Margaret Frith, John O'Brien

llustrated biography of Franklin Roosevelt, who served for 12 years and was president during World II. Crippled with polio, that didn't slow him down - he drove his own car and swam in the pool every day. And he like to talk, and broadcast weekly radio shows to the American public. (Chapter book)

 

     
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Bonnie Bader, Elizabeth Wolf

Before visting his memorial, read about the great voice of civil rights Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed in peaceful protest and equal rights for black people. Leader of freedom marches, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, "I have a dream." (Chapter book)

 

 
     
childrens book Mystery at the Washington Monument
 
 
Mystery at the Washington Monument
(Capital Mysteries)
Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

There's something strange going on in Washington Monument, and the clues are a broken memorial stone and some peanut shells. Plus, info about the Washington Monument. (Easy reader)

 

     
Trouble at the Treasury (Capital Mysteries)
Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

In another mystery with KC Corcoran and Marshall, someone is stealing money as soon as it's printed in the Treasury building, but the kids have a plan to uncover the thief. Also, fun facts about the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (Easy reader)

 

 
Trouble at the Treasury mystery kids Washington DC
 
     
Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb mystery kids washington dc?
 
Who Broke Lincoln's Thumb? (Capital Mysteries)
Ron Roy, Timothy Bush

KC Corcoran and her best friend Marshall discover Lincoln's thumb has vanished from the Lincoln Memorial statue, and someone stole it. Can KC and Marshall follow the clues to find the missing thumb? (Easy reader)

 

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