Although I have not read any adult books on Lincoln (other than history text books), I have read many children’s books on him and I would like to share four of my favorites in honor of Mr. Lincoln’s 200th birthday on February 12.
My most favorite is Abe Lincoln’s Hat. This book goes through the life of Abraham Lincoln and talks about his chronic problem of disorganization, how he kept losing his many papers; and how he hit upon the idea of keeping his important papers inside his tall hat. He ran into problems however when the hat fell off, as you might imagine. Children love it and I personally can relate to his situation.
A. Lincoln and Me is about a little boy who wonders what he has in common with Lincoln. He knows they both share the same birthday, big hands, big feet, and tall skinny bodies; but he asks how else are they alike. Lincoln did some pretty incredible things and he seems to be all around us on pennies and five dollar bills. He wonders what it would have been like to know him and realizes that there will never be another Lincoln just as there will never be another him.
Honest Abe is a great book with wonderful illustrations. The back cover of the book describes it well, “From a log cabin to the White House, the life of Abraham Lincoln is an inspiring saga of courage and dedication. Simple words and timeless pictures weave the important threads of Lincoln’s life into a colorful folk tapestry that illustrates a true America pioneer of justice.” A great read and children love it. The illustrations are unique and very colorful.
From the back cover of 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.
This book is fiction based in fact. It is told from Lincoln’s point of view.