Abraham Lincoln was the leader of the United States during an especially difficult period in the young country’s history. He was also a self-educated but eloquent orator, a bright lawyer, and a devoted father. Learn more about our 16th president with the recommended books below:

 

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale
By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: John Hendrix
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Drama abounds in what might have happened if Austin Gollaher had not pulled the young Abraham Lincoln from a swollen Kentucky creek that day in 1816. This engaging tale was inspired and expanded from a real event noted by the author.

Abe Lincoln Remembers
By: Ann Turner
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Before leaving for Ford’s Theater, Abraham Lincoln reflects on his life — his accomplishments and disappointments. Realistic illustrations reflect the serious tone of this unusual glimpse of the 16th President.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
By: Kay Winters
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The basic life and accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln are introduced in free verse and detailed illustrations in an open format. A concluding note provides additional information.

Abe’s Honest Words
By: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
A straightforward overview of Lincoln’s life is punctuated by Lincoln’s words and commanding images. Additional resources for further reading and research are included as are sources used in this unforgettable book.

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home
By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Luke and his father travel by buggy to pay respects to the train carrying the assassinated Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois. Evocative text and illustration are well-researched to capture the period from a child’s point of view.

Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z
By: Laura Krauss Melmed
Illustrated by: Frané Lessac
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Take a tour of our nation’s capital — from A to Z — including both lesser and well-known sights from Gallaudet University (the college for the deaf signed into law by Lincoln) to the Lincoln Memorial and lots more.

Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship
By: Nikki Giovanni
Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist who was once enslaved, is presented in richly imagined text and collage illustrations.

Lincoln and His Boys
By: Rosemary Wells
Illustrated by: P.J. Lynch
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The voices of Abraham Lincoln’s sons, Willie and Tad, are used effectively to reveal their father as both a man and as a leader during very difficult times.

Mr. Lincoln’s Boys
By: Staton Rabin
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The Civil War and the soldiers in Washington, D.C., infiltrated the play of Tad and Willie on the grounds of the White House. And their father still takes time to pardon one of the boy’s toy soldiers!

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Mary and Abraham Lincoln
By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
The lives and times of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln are presented through written and pictorial information in a scrapbook-like format. A well developed, tragic portrait of Mary Lincoln emerges as her life is presented beyond the assassination of the President.

Vinnie and Abraham
By: Dawn Fitzgerald
Illustrated by: Catherine Stock
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Not only did Vinnie Ream work at the post office but was the first woman (and the youngest) commissioned to sculpt an image of Abraham Lincoln. Watercolors and documentation combine to present a portrait of an artist and the city in which she lived.

What Lincoln Said
By: Sarah Thomson
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Lincoln’s own words punctuate this overview of his life and times including lighter moments. Full color illustrations exaggerate Lincoln’s physical features but complement the man’s complexity.

Who Broke Lincoln’s Thumb?
By: Ron Roy
Illustrated by: Timothy Bush
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
KC, the President’s daughter, and her friend Marshall solve the mystery of the broken thumb on the statue of Lincoln before the White House celebration of its sculptor begins. This easy novel presents a satisfying mystery.

 

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