We are all things Civil War at our home right now, and that means we’re knee-deep in books about Abraham Lincoln. Now, while one of my personal favorites is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, that might not be appropriate for the younger members of the household. So we’re compiling a list of the most fun and family-friendly books to help learn about the life of our 16th president.
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? The “Who Was…” series is my absolute favorite. Anytime the kids want to learn about a new subject, I immediately check to see if there’s one of these available. They are easy to read and full of information. I have even read them myself in preparation for teaching co-op classes, when I need a quick summary of a person.
The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Book of Quotations What better way to learn about the man than from his own words? This book is full of little snippets from Lincoln’s life, showing what a fun and witty man he was.
Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last! The Magic Tree House is a great combination of fiction and fact. My kids, especially Little Man, love Jack and Annie and all of their adventures. This book is a great way to introduce kids to Lincoln in a fun and exciting way. They’ll walk away feeling like they know him personally, just as Jack and Annie do, and it sparks an interest in learning more. There is also a nonfiction companion to this book, which I like to have lying around for the boys to look at on their own time.
I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change World) For the younger set, I am Abraham Lincoln is THE BEST! This book has adorable illustrations and follows Lincoln from this childhood to presidency. It’s a simple book that helps younger children get to know one of America’s most beloved presidents.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Speaking of illustrations, this gorgeous pictorial interpretation of the Gettysburg Address is beautiful and captivating for all ages. Another opportunity to learn about Lincoln from his own words.
Do you have a favorite book about Lincoln?
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