Children’s Books to Read on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Abraham Lincoln

Born on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was much more than the 16th president. As one of the greatest figures in U.S. history, Lincoln’s list of accomplishments spans decades. Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday with a dun-filled family reading session. Even though your young child may not be ready to read (or do research) on her own, these kid-friendly picture books are the perfect way to start your little learner’s presidential education!

I Am Abraham Lincoln, by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos. Told through the eyes of a child version of Lincoln, this picture book is a perfect introduction for children in kindergarten and the early elementary grades.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter. This easy read chronicles Lincoln’s life, starting in his early years. Your young child will enjoy learning about how he’s just like Lincoln – in that they both love to read!

Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale, by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix. Lincoln and his friend Austin Gollaher cross a dangerous creek when the future president needs a rescue. Unlike the bio books, this one focuses on the duo’s friendship and how it changes Lincoln and his presidency.

Looking At Lincoln, by Maira Kalman. When a young girl wants to learn more about Lincoln, this sweetly illustrated books takes readers on a biographical journey.

President’s Day, by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell. Young learners can discover who Lincoln was through this account of a President’s Day play.