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Lincoln Books for Children



Books are listed in chronological order from most recent to oldest.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, by Deborah Hopkinson.  Illustrations by John Hendrix


Voyages:  Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln, by Neil Waldman

Ages: 11–14, Grades: 6–9

Published: 3/1/2009
ISBN: 1-59078-471-5
32 pages
Hardcover - $16.95


Travel with young Abe Lincoln as he journeys up and down the "Father of Waters," the legendary Mississippi River. Sit alongside him as he navigates his flatboat over dams, past rapids, and through shallow water. Sail with him to the bustling port of New Orleans, and back to his home in Illinois.

The Power of the Penny:  Abraham Lincoln Inspires a Nation, by Elaina Redmond

Spencer Publishing CA
February 2009
ISBN: 0981551505
ISBN-13: 9780981551500
Format: Hardcover, 40pp


Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells
Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

A warm, moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln told through the eyes of his children—and captured in exquisite full-color illustrations.

January 2009
Historical Fiction
96 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3723-1

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.


Rosemary Wells is an author and illustrator of picture books and has written many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including Mary on Horseback, a biography of Mary Breckenridge, which won a Christopher Award. While researching a historical novel about the Civil War, she came upon a two-hundred-word fragment by Willie Lincoln about a trip taken with his father, and the idea for Lincoln and His Boys was born. She lives in Connecticut.

P.J. Lynch is an Irish artist who has illustrated several books with American themes, including The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and When Jessie Came Across the Sea. To illustrate Lincoln and His Boys, he traveled with Rosemary Wells to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and assembled hundreds of contemporary photographs, daguerreotypes, and etchings of Lincoln. He lives in Dublin.


The Freedom Business, poems by Marilyn Nelson, art by Deborah Dancy

Young Adult

Publisher: Front Street (October 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1932425578
ISBN-13: 978-1932425574
Hardcover: 79 pages

The Freedom Business is a unique poetry collection, in which each poem is created in response to the true-life memoir of Broteer Furro (1729-1805), later dubbed "Venture Smith", the first African known to document his capture and life as an American slave.


Letters from Vinnie, by Maureen Stack Sappey

Ages: 10 and up
Grades: GR. 4-6
Pages: 248
List Price: $10.95
Cover: Paperback
Published: 8/1/2007
ISBN: 1-59078-538-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-538-6

A young artist who lived during the Civil War chronicles the era in her letters.


Fortune’s Bones:  The Manumission Requiem, by Marilyn Nelson

Young Adult

November 1, 2004
Publisher: Hand Print; 1 edition
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1932425128
ISBN-13: 978-1932425123
Hardcover: 32 pages

This requiem honors a slave who died in Connecticut in 1798. His owner, a doctor, dissected his body, boiling down his bones to preserve them for anatomy studies. The skeleton was lost and rediscovered, then hung in a local museum until 1970, when it was removed from display. The museum began a project in the 1990s that uncovered the skeleton's provenance, created a new exhibit, and led to the commissioning of these six poems.


Thunder at Gettysburg, by Patricia Lee Gauch, drawings by Stephen Gammell

Age Range: 8 to 11

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Pub. Date: October 2004
ISBN-13: 9781590781807
48 pages

This gripping novel is based on a 14-year-old girl's autobiographical account of the famous Civil War battle. According to Publishers Weekly, ``Gauch's dramatic, verse-like text and Gammell's somber . . . drawings evoke the horror of war with startling but not overpowering clarity.''



Lincoln’s Little Girl: A True Story, by Fred Trump

Ages 9-12

February 2000
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; Reprint edition
ISBN-10: 1563978520
ISBN-13: 978-1563978524
Paperback: 184 pages

A unique illustrated biography chronicles the life of Grace Bedell, a little girl who, at age eleven, wrote to Abraham Lincoln suggesting he grow whiskers and who, later in life, went West, facing the hardships of homesteading.


Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters, edited by Harold Holzer

Age Range: 8 to 12

February 2000
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 9781563977725
96 pages

Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters Abraham Lincoln was not only one of America's greatest presidents, but one of America's most gifted writers. In the years before radio and television could bring our leaders into our living rooms, Lincoln communicated to citizens through powerful letters and brilliant speeches. He even wrote poetry! Noted Lincoln scholar and lecturer Harold Holzer gathers Abraham Lincoln's greatest writings--from his early rhymes composed when he was about sixteen to his speech to Indiana soldiers delivered less than a month before his death--and illustrates them with poignant archival black-and-white photographs and prints.


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