Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Being Teddy Roosevelt

Being Teddy Roosevelt

A Boy, a President and a Plan

Claudia Mills; Pictures by R. W. Alley

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Riley O'Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can't afford to rent him a sax, and he's sure he'll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt's "bully" spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all.

Claudia Mills' sparkling story about the influence of important historical figures is enhanced by tender, insightful illustrations.

Being Teddy Roosevelt is a 2008 Bank Street—Best Children's Book of the Year.

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List, Illinois Bluestem Book Award ML, Oregon Beverly Cleary Children's Choice A ML, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award ML, New Mexico Land of Enchantment ML, Rhode Island Children's Book Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, Oregon Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List


Riley gave up.
He couldn't find his language arts notebook in his desk or in his backpack. He must have forgotten it somewhere.
"Does everybody have his or her notebook ready?" Mrs. Harrow asked. "Riley?"
"I think I left it at home."


Praise for Being Teddy Roosevelt

“Mills writes with such a light, humorous touch that many scenes beg to be read aloud. Much information is subtly woven in to the narrative, and the gathering of world leaders at the tea is a sight to behold.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Enriched by its portrait of grade-school friendships and goofy classroom happenings.” —Booklist

“Bully for Riley and bully for Mills for writing a timely, comfortable school story filled with likable fourth graders.” —The Horn Book

“Children will appreciate this gentle lesson about achieving a goal.” —School Library Journal

“Mills introduces an ingenious, likable lad. Alley's animated art enhances the tale's humor and helps capture the characters' diverse personalities.” —Publishers Weekly

“A clever lead-in to a biographies unit, and the classroom, social, and family dynamics will be warmly and wryly familiar to middle-grade readers.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Mills offers her usual sparking humor and insight in this appealing story.” —Buffalo News

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About the author

Claudia Mills; Pictures by R. W. Alley

Claudia Mills lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the author of the popular 7 x 9 = Trouble!, an ALA Notable Book.

R. W. ALLEY is the illustrator of Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills, and the Saxby Smart, Private Detective series by Simon Cheshire. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Claudia Mills

R. W. Alley

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