Best Abraham Lincoln
Biography Books for Kids

We love reading Abraham Lincoln biography books for kids! The more we learn about Abraham Lincoln, the more impressed we are by the strength of his character and convictions, his wisdom and foresight, his humility, and his tremendous desire to see the good in people. He truly is inspirational!

Below are the best Abraham Lincoln biography books for children. They are well written, do an excellent job of humanizing the man while also communicating how amazing he was, and they're a real treat to read. One cannot help but feel motivated to be a kinder, wiser, more compassionate person after reading these excellent Lincoln biographies!

FYI: We also have kids biographies on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, other founding fathers, and Theodore Roosevelt. To see these booklists, please click here.

Our Favorite Abraham Lincoln Biography Books


Abe Lincoln: The
Boy Who Loved
Books

(CUTE kid-friendly intro
to Lincoln's early years)
by Kay Winters

Kindergarten - 2nd grade


Abe's Honest Words
(powerfully written and
stunningly illustrated
biography - AMAZING!)
by Doreen Rappaport

2nd grade - 6th grade


Looking at Lincoln
(little girl learns about
Abraham Lincoln and
his enduring legacy)
by Maira Kalman

Kindergarten - 3rd grade


Abe Lincoln's
Dream

(little girl on White
House tour meets
Abe Lincoln's ghost)
by Lane Smith

Kindergarten - 3rd grade


Lincoln Tells
a Joke

How Laughter Saved
the
President (and
the  Country)

3rd grade - 6th grade



Abe Lincoln's Hat
(a classroom favorite,
perfect to read aloud
before doing the popular
"what would I put in my
hat" writing/art activity)
by Martha Brenner
Kindergarten - 3rd grade


Abe Lincoln
Remembers

(a good basic intro
to Lincoln's life, full
of beautiful, photo-
realistic paintings)
by Ann Turner

1st grade - 4th grade


What Lincoln Said
(review coming soon)
by Sarah Thomson
Kindergarten - 3rd grade


Stand Tall,
Abe Lincoln

(subtitled A Compelling
Biography of the Early
Years of the Sixteenth
U.S. President!)
by Judith St George

2nd grade - 4th grade


Abraham Lincoln
(a kid-friendly, breezy,
folksy biography.
Very kell done!)
by Amy Cohn and
Suzy Schmidt
2nd grade - 4th grade



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A. Lincoln and Me
(a boy gains confidence
when he realizes how
much he has in
common with Lincoln)
by Louise Borden

1st grade - 3rd grade


Abe Lincoln
Crosses a Creek

(a tall tale rendition of
a story from Abe's
childhood; spirited,
adorably illustrated--
perfect for this age!)
by Deborah Hopkinson

Kindergarten - 3rd grade


I am Abraham
Lincoln

(part of the popular
series Ordinary People
Change the World)

by Brad Meltzer

Kindergarten - 3rd grade


Abe Lincoln
at Last!

(Magic Tree House)
by Mary Pope Osborne
2nd grade - 5th
grade


Abraham Lincoln
(Magic Tree House
Fact Tracker)
by Mary Pope Osborne
2nd grade - 5th
grade


Abraham Lincoln Biography Books for Gr. 4+

We teach early childhood, so books for upper elementary and middle school are a little out of our area of expertise. However, we know some of you may have come to this page looking for books for this age group. So, in compiling this list of the best Abraham Lincoln biography books, these books seemed to rise to the top of the list for older kids. They got great reviews, and some even won Newbery Awards and other major book awards. We don't have full reviews for most of these books, but hopefully you can find more information on Amazon.

Just in Time,
Abraham Lincoln

(boys visiting a Civil
War museum suddenly
travel back in time!)
by Patricia Polacco

5th grade - 8th grade


Commander
in Chief

Abraham Lincoln and
the Civil War

by Albert Marin
6th grade & Up


Lincoln and
His Boys

(a chapter book account,
told from the point of
view of Lincoln's boys)
by Rosemary Wells

4th grade - 7th grade


Mr. Lincoln's Boys 
Subtitled "Being the
Mostly True Adventures
of Abraham Lincoln's
Trouble-Making Sons,
Tad and Willie"
by Staton Rabin


Lincoln Shot
A President's Life
Remembered

(formatted like an old
newspaper!)
by Barry Denenberg

5th grade & Up



Good Brother,
Bad Brother

Story of Edwin Booth
and John Wilkes

by James Cross Giblin
6th grade - 9th grade


The Lincolns:
A Scrapbook
Look at Abraham
and Mary

by Candace Fleming
6th grade and Up


Lincoln: A
Photobiography

(a much acclaimed
Newbery Medal Winner!)
by Russell Freedman

5th grade - 9th grade



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Betsy, Cindy, and Virginia
(the teachers/sisters behind this website)

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