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Abraham Lincoln has always been one of my favorite presidents. When I was 9 I became obsessed with him and read every book I could get my hands on. Many years later, I had the honor of giving birth to the sweetest little boy on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Today my sweet boy is 16, and nearly as tall as President Lincoln.
In celebration of my favorite president and my only and favorite son. I thought I’d share a few fun facts as well as some favorite “Honest Abe” reads.
Abraham Lincoln Fun Facts:
- Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky.
- He was born in a log cabin to an extremely poor family.
- He was largely self-educated and taught himself law.
- Abraham Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches tall, and was reported to have kept money in his stove-pipe hat!
- He became the 16th president of America in 1861, when he was 52 years of age, he served for 4 years until 1865.
- Major events that happened during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln included the Civil War which lasted from 1861 until 1865 and the raising of the Emancipation Proclamation which secured the liberty of slaves.
- Abraham Lincoln hated having his name shortened to Abe, and often chose to use his surname/last name, Lincoln. Sources suggest that even his wife even called him Mr. Lincoln!
- Abraham Lincoln was the first American President to wear a beard!
- When Abraham Lincoln was called two-faced by a rival, he was quoted as saying “If I had another face, do you think I’d wear this one?”
- The Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln in January 1863 and slavery ended with the passage of the 13th amendment.
- Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd Lincoln on November 4, 1842, together they had 4 children, they were all boys.
- He led the Union into the Civil War to protect the nation and put an end to slavery.
- His celebrated career came to an end when he was assassinated on April 15, 1865, five days after the Confederate armies surrendered the Civil War.
- Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, the day after being shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth and was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois
The Ultimate Abraham Lincoln Book List
1. A Picture book of Abraham Lincoln by David A Adler and John C. Wallner: Follows the life of the popular president, from his childhood on the frontier to his assassination after the end of the Civil War.
2. I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer: #1 bestseller Brad Meltzer is on a mission to give kids the right role models in this lively, funny picture book biography series.”Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours.
3. Who Was Abraham Lincoln? by Janet Pascal and Nancy Harrison: Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater—the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps are included.
4. National Geographic Readers: Abraham Lincoln by Caroline Crosson Gilpin: The most effective method used to influence children to read is to incorporate the information that interests them the most. National Geographic Readers are educational, high-interest, and comprehensive for children. In this title, readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln and his historic decision to abolish slavery. Readers will also learn why this decision impacted the United States, as well as the extent of Lincoln’s impact as a fearless leader of the Civil War.
5. Abraham Lincoln by Ingrid and Edgar D’Aulaire: A Caldecott Medal Book, A Child Study Children’s Book Committee: Children’s Book of the Year. This edition is published from the original 1940 printing and we were able to recreate the vivid colors originally intended by the d’Aulaires. This is a must have for any fan of the d’Aulaires’.
6. Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner and Donald Cook
7. Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary: This warmly told biography of our sixteenth president is enriched by many authentic but seldom told anecdotes and complemented by bold color illustrations that capture the spirit of Lincoln and his era.
8. Abe Lincoln: The Boy who Loved Books by Kay Winters: In a tiny log cabin a boy listened with delight to the storytelling of his ma and pa. He traced letters in sand, snow, and dust. He borrowed books and walked miles to bring them back. When he grew up, he became the sixteenth president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln
9. Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #47. By Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce: When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #47: Abe Lincoln at Last!, they had lots of questions. What was it like to grow up in a log cabin? How did Lincoln become president? What was his family like? Why did the US fight the Civil War? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts.
10. DK Biography: Abraham Lincoln by Tanya Lee Stone: Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, led the nation through its darkest hour-the Civil War. Find out about Lincoln’s childhood on a frontier farm, how a struggling small town lawyer became president, and why he became one of America’s most revered leaders.
In this groundbreaking new series, DK brings together fresh voices and DK design values to give readers the most information-packed, visually exciting biographies on the market today. Full-color photographs of people, places, and artifacts, and sidebars on related subjects add dimension and relevance to stories of famous lives that students will love to read.
11. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
12. Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert:2008 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Honors Award winner. Providing a fresh perspective on one of the most beloved presidents of all time, this illuminating activity book tells the rich story of Abraham Lincoln’s life and details the events of his era. Highlighting Lincoln’s warm, generous spirit and impressive intellect, the guide teaches children about his fascinating life story, his struggles at the onset of the Civil War, and his relevance in today’s world.
13. Magic Tree House # 47: Abe Lincoln at Last! By Mary Pope Osborne: Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself!
14. Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rapapport and Kadir Nelson: From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved towards greater equality and prosperity.
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