These four picture books are worth reading to your older children, and if they don't want you to read them out loud, leave them in the bathroom. Leave them on the kitchen table. Leave them on their beds. Leave them somewhere and your kids will have ten minutes of amazing art mixed with a great story and a real life individual who made a difference in this world!
For the Birds: the Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas
Mama Miti by Donna Jo Napoli
Jose! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich
Abe Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the country) by Kathleen Krull