Presidents: they're just like us!

In what may be one of our favorite Obama family traditions, President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia have celebrated Small Business Saturday over the past two years by patronizing D.C. area bookstores.

In 2011, Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle got the Obama bump as the first family (sans first lady Michelle) shopped for stacks of books for both children and adults:

The Obamas walked out with a selection of books including "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever" and "Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia."

The following year, President Obama headed to 'burbs for a stop at One More Page Books in Arlington, where he looked like any other dad going Christmas shopping with his daughters.

Michelle Obama has equally embraced Washington's literary scene, holding a packed book-signing at Politics & Prose in celebration of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."

While we may not have a motorcade, security detail or a 132-room mansion to call home, we can all celebrate Small Business Saturday like the first family by patronizing one of Washington, D.C.'s fantastic independent bookstores.

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  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

    "Many people do not consider themselves true Washingtonians until they have received a phone call that begins as an invitation for drinks after work and ends with 'I'll meet you at Kramer's,'" said the <em>New York Times</em> about <a href="http://www.kramers.com/">Kramerbooks</a>, a Dupont Circle institution since 1976. We agree -- and it doesn't hurt that Afterwords Cafe stays open 24 hours serving amazing food, drinks and desserts.

  • Politics & Prose

    When you want to hear a world-class author read from his or her new book, the place to go is <a href="http://www.politics-prose.com/">Politics & Prose</a>. Recent guests include Lawrence Wright (<em>Going Clear</em>), George Saunders (<em>Tenth of December</em>) and Calvin Trillin (<em>Dogfight</em>).

  • Books for America

    Buy books, support good deeds. That's the mission at <a href="http://www.booksforamerica.org/">Books for America</a>, a non-profit bookstore that fights illiteracy by providing books and supplies to schools, prisons and libraries around the D.C. area. Donate your unwanted books, then give a few old ones a new home.

  • Second Story Books

    Whether you want an 1852 map of Washington, a French-English dictionary or an easy vegetarian cookbook, you'll find it at <a href="http://www.secondstorybooks.com/">Second Story Books</a>. Be sure to peek into the Rare Book Room for some truly unique items.

  • Capitol Hill Books

    Charming <a href="http://capitolhillbooks-dc.com/chbooksdc/">Capitol Hill Books</a> is packed floor-to-ceiling with books, books and more books. As they say, "Every bit of space in the store has a book, and there really is one here, somewhere, for you."

  • The Lantern

    Tucked away in a Georgetown row house, <a href="http://www.his.com/~lantern/">The Lantern</a> supports women's education with a scholarship fund for Bryn Mawr College students. Books with a purpose!

  • Busboys and Poets

    <a href="http://www.busboysandpoets.com">Busboys and Poets</a> is known as a fantastic cafe and performance venue, but check out its <a href="http://bbpbooks.teachingforchange.org/">Teaching for Change</a> bookshop for something new. Located at the original 14th and V Streets NW location, Teaching for Change specializes in "progressive books to activate your mind and community."

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  • Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, far right, and Malia, center, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, left, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughter Malia, left, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughter Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughters Malia, center, and Sasha, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama greets the public after shopping at a small bookstore in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)