Abe Lincoln's Hat
(Step Into Reading)

by Martha Brenner
illustrated by Donald Cook

We read each year to our classes.  Actually, we just read parts of it as an introduction to the adorable Abe Lincoln's Hat activity that any K-2 teacher who surfs the teaching blogosphere has probably seen 50 times already. If you haven't, check it out!

In short, the book spends a few pages talking about how Lincoln used to store important papers inside his hat. The activity then has kids make an Abraham Lincoln face, and then write about what they would keep in their hat if they had one like his.

The whole book, however, is worthy of a read. It's a good, kid-friendly introduction to the life of Abraham Lincoln. It's not our favorite to read aloud, but it is the only "reader" we could find on Abraham Lincoln, so it's great for that purpose (and as an intro to the hat activity, above). Overall, the biographies in this series are pretty good. We put them out after teaching/doing a read aloud on the person being spotlighted. It builds early readers confidence to see us read about a famous person, then to be able to pick up a different book and be able to read about them as well. They feel like such "big kids"!

Reading Levels

Interest Level:  K-Gr. 3               DRA Level:  24                   Lexile Measure: 330L
Grade Level Equiv:  2.9            Guided Reading:  M 

See Inside Abe Lincoln's Hat

Below is a sample spread from inside this book.  To see a larger version of this spread, and THREE MORE from this book, just click on the image below.

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