24 Amazing Books About Abraham Lincoln

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The more we learn about Abraham Lincoln, the more we love him, right? He was a great boy, man and president of this nation. We hope these books will inspire you, as they have us, to be a great person just like Lincoln.

Abe's Honest Words book
#1
Abe's Honest Words
Written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved toward greater equality and prosperity. Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans. As president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States. The passion for humanity that defined Lincoln’s life shines through in this momentous follow-up to Martin’s Big Words and John’s Secret Dreams. Told in Doreen Rappaport’s accessible, absorbing prose, and brought to life in powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Abe’s Honest Words is an epic portrait of a truly great American president. Praise for the Big Words series: Martin’s Big Words 2002 Caldecott Honor Book 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2001 “A stunning, reverent tribute.” -School Library Journal, starred review Abe’s Honest Words “Exceptional art, along with Rappaport’s and Lincoln’s words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction.” -Booklist, starred review Eleanor, Quiet No More “Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire…Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life.” -School Library Journal, starred review Helen’s Big World “Stirring and awe-inspiring.” -The Horn Book, starred review To Dare Mighty Things “[T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man’s bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Theodore Roosevelt’s big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography.” -Booklist, starred review * “Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library.” -School Library Journal, starred review

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books book
#2
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

I loved this story of Abraham Lincoln and his upbringing. He had an interesting childhood full of trials and sorrow and moving from place to place. Most of all I loved learning that through all of this is how his love of books came to be.

Presents an illustrated biography of Abraham Lincoln, describing how his lifelong love for reading helped him to become the sixteenth president of the United States.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek book
#3
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
Written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by John Hendrix
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Fun Uncle

I thought this book was really great! The illustrations are awesome, there’s fantastic historical tidbits, and it’s about President Lincoln (that’s my favorite part). There are a few times when the author chooses words like “darn” or “foolish” when I wish she hadn’t, but all in all it was a fun story. It’s a book that has potential to spark curiosity in our young readers to learn more about President Lincoln, or at least recognize and connect with him more when they learn more in school. There are lots of fun moments in this book, and Deborah is creative in involving her readers in Lincoln’s creek crossing.

In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.

Abraham Lincoln book
#4
Abraham Lincoln
Written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Liz Goulet Dubois
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Presents a simple biography of the sixteenth president of the United States.

Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers book
#5
Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
Written by Karen B. Winnick and illustrated by Boyds Mills Press Staff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is based on a true story, and it has copies of the real letters in the back of the book. Knowing the story is true made me like this book so much more. The illustrations aren’t my favorite, but a fun story about a little girl and how she helped Abraham Lincoln. :)

Complete with letter reproductions, this story tells of eleven-year-old Grace Bedell’s written suggestion to President Lincoln that he grow a beard and the amazing events that followed as result. Reprint.

  1. Abraham Lincoln for Kids - An activity book for young readers tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s life and details the events of his era, providing a fresh perspective on one of the most beloved American presidents.

  2. Abe Lincoln at Last! - The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Washington D.C. in the 1860s where they meet Abraham Lincoln and collect a feather that will help break a magic spell.

  3. Who was Abraham Lincoln? - Highlights the life and achievements of the sixteenth president of the United States, discussing his childhood years, his rise through politics, and the major decisions he made as president during the Civil War.

  4. Abe Lincoln's Hat - Because of his absentmindedness, Abraham Lincoln begins to carry important things—letters, legal documents, his checkbook—in his trademark top hat. Simultaneous.

Lincoln and His Boys book
#10
Lincoln and His Boys
Written by Rosemary Wells and illustrated by P.J. Lynch
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Historians claim him as one of America’s most revered presidents. But to his rambunctious sons, Abraham Lincoln was above all a playful and loving father. Here is Lincoln as seen by two of his boys: Willie, thrilled to be on his first train trip when Lincoln was deciding to run for president; Willie and Tad barging into Cabinet meetings to lift Lincoln’s spirits in the early days of the Civil War, Tad accompanying him to Richmond just after the South’s defeat. With the war raging and the Union under siege, we see history unfolding through Willie’s eyes and then through Tad’s — and we see Lincoln rising above his own inborn sadness and personal tragedy through his devotion to his sons. With evocative and engaging illustrations by P.J. Lynch, Rosemary Wells offers a carefully researched biography that gives us a Lincoln not frozen in time but accessible and utterly real. Back matter includes an author’s note.

Finding Lincoln book
#11
Finding Lincoln
Written by Ann Malaspina and illustrated by Colin Bootman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In segregated 1950s Alabama, Louis cannot use the public library to research a class assignment, but one of the librarians lets him in after hours and helps him find the book that he needs. Includes an author’s note with historical information about library segregation in the South.

I am Kind book
#12
I am Kind
Written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. In this new board book format, the very youngest readers can learn about one of America’s icons in the series’s signature lively, conversational style. The short text focuses on drawing inspiration from these iconic heroes, and includes an interactive element and factual tidbits that young kids will be able to connect with. This volume tells the story of Abraham Lincoln, America’s sixteenth president.

A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln book
#13
A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln
Written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner and John Wallner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Follows the life of the popular president, from his childhood on the frontier to his assassination after the end of the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home book
#14
Abraham Lincoln Comes Home
Written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the country grieved for the courageous president who had guided them through the Civil War. Over the course of thirteen somber days, people paid homage as Lincoln’s funeral train made its way from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. In moving prose and stunning paintings, a young boy experiences the deep feelings evoked by the assassination and death of a major historical figure, during a time of great change in the country.

  1. A. Lincoln and Me - With the help of his teacher, a young boy realizes that he not only shares his birthday and similar physical appearance with Abraham Lincoln, but that he is like him in other ways as well.

  2. Lincoln Tells a Joke - Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didn’t like him as president, the loss of two young sons, a homely appearance—what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasn’t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller, a lover of jokes, someone who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip. What better way to deal with a hard life than to find the humor in it?

  3. Abe Lincoln Remembers - A man of wisdom and courage. President Abraham Lincoln sits alone in the White House one evening in 1865. The war between the states is over at last, and the slaves are free. This man has come a long way from his small log cabin in Kentucky. What is he thinking about? What memories run through his mind? Powerful text and stunning, historically accurate paintings combine to present a unique portrait of one of the greatest presidents in American history.

  4. Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln - A look at the early years of our sixteenth president.

Meet Abraham Lincoln book
#19
Meet Abraham Lincoln
Written by Barbara Cary and illustrated by Stephen Marchesi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Highlights the life of the man who was President during the Civil War and who was responsible for ending slavery in America—forever. Reissue.

Abraham Lincoln: Great Emancipator book
#20
Abraham Lincoln: Great Emancipator
Written by Augusta Stevenson and illustrated by Jerry Robinson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Recounts the childhood of the man who was President during the Civil War.

What Lincoln Said book
#21
What Lincoln Said
Written by Sarah L. Thomson and illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Integrates Abraham Lincoln’s famous words to tell the story of his life from a farm boy to a lawyer to the President of the United States, illuminating his passions, sense of humor, strength, and flexibility that made him an outstanding leader.

Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln book
#22
Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln
Written by Shari Swanson and illustrated by Chuck Groenink
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Based on a little-known tale from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, this charming picture book written by debut author Shari Swanson and illustrated by acclaimed artist Chuck Groenink tells a classic story of a boy, his dog, and a daring rescue.

Deeply researched and charmingly told, this is the true story of one extra-special childhood rescue—a dog named Honey.

Long before Abraham Lincoln led the nation or signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he was just a barefoot kid running around Knob Creek, Kentucky, setting animals free from traps and snatching frogs out of the jaws of snakes.

One day, young Abe found a stray dog with a broken leg and named him Honey. He had no idea that the scruffy pup would find his way into Abe’s heart, become his best friend, and—one fateful day—save his life.

Abraham Lincoln book
#23
Abraham Lincoln
Written by Ingri D'Aulaire and illustrated by Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

Not since 1957 have d’Aulaire fans been able to enjoy the beauty of the stone lithographic work that earned these beloved author-artists the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1940. Now, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of their Caldecott Medal award, and marking a century and a half of emancipation, readers young and old will delight in this biography of America’s most beloved President. Beautiful Feet Books worked with Timothy Young, curator of Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Collection at Yale University Library, to restore the original art through brand new reproductions of the 1939 lithographic proofs. Abraham Lincoln continues to stand as America’s most beloved President. Of our nation’s historical icons, Lincoln is the quintessential embodiment of American possibility in his mythic-like rise from rail-splitter to Chief Executive and Emancipator of the oppressed. The admiration felt by Americans for Lincoln’s humble integrity, his noble statesmanship, and his keen sense of justice, is beautifully captured in the d’Aulaires’ art and prose.

From Publishers Weekly, 2015: “Beautiful Feet Books has made minor modifications to the original art and text to reflect contemporary views about race politics and to reflect historical accuracy, citing two instances in the book, including one of a Native American cowering behind Lincoln, which they fixed to have him standing erect. Another is when Lincoln is walking down the streets, with freed slaves bowing down to him. The original text didn’t mention that he didn’t want them bowing down to him,” said Berg. “The original didn’t say that he actually shook hands with them. So we altered his face and made him shake hands with the former slaves and added in what he actually said in the historical record, which was, ‘Do not kneel to me.’” In the introduction to the 75th-anniversary edition, curator Young calls Abraham Lincoln a prime example of what was produced during what many people call the golden age of the American picture book. Young highlights the amount of detailed work that went into the making of the book and wants readers to remember that even the most simple books for children are never simply made.

  1. Looking at Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln’s legacy is everywhere – there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together. But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.

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