Will Rogers Interpreter Releases Second Children's Book

By: Rachel O'Donnell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: December 2023

Bart Taylor, Will Rogers Interpreter, has released his second children's book, "Will Rogers and His Great Presidential Pals". The book follows Will Rogers' career as a comedian and political commentator over the terms of five presidents: Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Roosevelt. It explains how Rogers got to know each president on a personal level.

This book is a follow-up to Taylor's first book, "Will Rogers and the Great White House Sleepover," which tells the story of when President Calvin Coolidge invited the famous humorist to stay overnight.

Will Rogers As A Roll Model For Today's Children

Taylor's goal with his books is to help children see how Will Rogers started out as a kid from Indian Territory and ended up friends with presidents. Rogers wend on to use his platform to show the American people that their president was a human with feelings and ideas - not just a political figurehead. Taylor explains in the book how Will Rogers maintained friendships with these five presidents - even when he didn't agree with some of them politically.

"We can always find something in common. Taking presidents, making them human, and showing kids there's another way, you can be that Will Rogers character and have fun and bring people together," Taylor said. "It's friendship over politics."

When speaking to children and school groups at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Taylor uses examples from Will Rogers' life to explain topics like kindness, empathy, and how to respectfully disagree with another person.

"Will Rogers embodies kindness. He embodies being himself, and he's playful. His humor, kindness, and wit are how he connects to people. I constantly hear, 'We need something like that today.' It's what we want to inspire in kids at the museum," Taylor said.

"Will Rogers and His Great Presidential Pals" is available at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum gift shop, Amazon, and willrogers.com. Proceeds from the book will go back to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

Who is the Oklahoma Historical Society

The Will Rogers Memorial Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites, and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs, and publications, the OHS chronicles the high history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.

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