So you saw the movie Lincoln and would like to learn more

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.

After I saw the movie Lincoln I daydreamed about Lincoln for weeks. I plan to watch the movie again this week now that it is out in Redbox. (free rental code for $1.00 movies, good til May 9 is F2AMA8TG3)


If you aren’t sure if the movie is appropriate for children, take a look at Common Sense Media’s review of the film for kids. Movies aside, my favorite books about Lincoln for children are:

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah You can download the book for free online.

The beautifully illustrated Abe Lincoln and his Boys shows Lincoln as loving father.

The brilliant Lane Smith has a whimiscal, perfectly executed picture book about Lincoln: Lincoln and his Dream. So well done.


of course for the older reader, the haunting Twenty Days by Edward Meserve is unparalleled.


Elizabeth Keckley, confidant of Mary Lincoln’s memoir is referenced in almost every modern biography of Lincoln. It is an easy read, if you saw the movie Lincoln, you will recognize much from the movie came from Mrs. Keckley’s book.


I think you could stack every book ever written about Lincoln and reach the moon. But these books should give you a good start.


I’ll close with a picture of the boys sitting with on a bench outside the visitor’s center in Gettysburg, PA with our familiar friend.



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