Perfect Picture Book Friday Abe Lincoln: the Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is about one of my heroes and the tile is awesome!

Abe Lincoln: The boy who loved books

By Kay Winters

Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

40 pages – Ages 6+

Published by Aladdin Paperbacks on January 3, 2008

Theme/Topic – Nonfiction/Biography/Abraham Lincoln

Opening and Synopsis – 

“From Wilderness

to the White House.

He learned the power of words

and used them well.”

(This is from the end of the book not the opening, but I really like it!)

Abraham Lincoln loved books. He loved to learn. He loved writing. He also worked hard and appreciated life. He was an honest and great man. He was born in a log cabin in the woods and grew up to be the 16th President of the United States because he studied, worked hard and read BOOKS! This book follows Abraham Lincoln’s life from when he was an infant to 16th president and tells the reader how important reading and books were to his life.

Why I liked this book – First of all, I LOVE to read about Abraham Lincoln. He had an interesting and inspiring life. I am sad that he was assassinated. Second, I really like Kay Winters’ writing style. This story of hers is written in free verse. I have read several of her books and they are all kid-friendly, well-written, and interesting! I like how Ms. Winters tells about the importance of books in Lincoln’s life and how they changed his life! Thirdly, I really like the illustrations in the book, they look like paintings.

Activities and Resources –

For older kids there is some great information about Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Monument website (HERE) and some very interesting information at the Ford’s Theater website  (HERE).

For younger kids I found a website called Apples 4 The  Teacher and they have a bunch of activities to learn about Abraham Lincoln like coloring sheets, puzzles, stories parts of his speeches and more. Click HERE to go to it.

You can also talk to your kids about why books are important. Ask them what do they think they learn from books. What if we didn’t have books?

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 6-9

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50 replies

  1. What a great choice for election time, Erik. Abe Lincoln was definitely the greatest. Thanks for all those links!

  2. Cooper’s kindergarten teacher is looking for Lincoln picture books. Your timing is perfect!

  3. I’ve not read this one but have heard good things. This would be a great one to read with M-man right now as we’re studying the Civil War. I’ve often wondered what direction Reconstruction would have taken had Lincoln not been assassinated. I’ve also wondered what would have happened if we had just let the South go peacefully. Would they have come the right decision over slavery if left to their own timing and initiative? Would the two nations have reconciled after a few decades, or become strong allies. ??? What a tragedy that war was.

    Great pick, Erik!

    • It would be weird if history didn’t happen like that… I would hope that the South would come to the right decision and end slavery. But I do know that in some places that people aren’t treated OK, so maybe they wouldn’t end slavery. 🙁 I wrote an ABC book about Lincoln for school and if you guys want, I could send you the pages from the book! I think you and M-Man would like this book!

  4. Great review, Erik. I love reading about Abraham Lincoln, too. He’s such a fascinating character.

  5. Erik, I remember you love reading about Abraham Lincoln. Great choice for PPBF! I know both my son and daughter would love this book.

  6. We love Abe Lincoln! Great choice. Teaching about Abe Lincoln was always fun when Mom was a teacher.

    Love and licks,

  7. Great review! Will have to check out this book.

  8. Erik, what a notable choice w/elections only 11 days away. Your choice reminds me that we need to focus on the big issues and work on them together-not pick apart the little differences. Mr. Lincoln is one of my historical favorites. I’ve been to his home, law office, and grave in Springfield, IL, and his memorial in D.C.

    • Thanks Ms. Miller! Do you mind if I quote “[W]e need to focus on the big issues and work on them together-not pick apart the little differences.”? I’ll put it on my Election day post (with your permission)! 🙂 It is great that you have been to a lot of Lincoln’s famous places! I would love to visit them! 🙂

  9. I love the end lines that you shared with us – great writing. I am visiting DC soon and should take the time to read about some of the presidents so thank you for this suggestion.

  10. This book looks wonderful, Erik. I don’t know what it is, exactly, but I have always been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln. Maybe it’s how sad his eyes look. I love the quote you shared. Thanks for adding this book to our list!

  11. Wonderful book choice, Erik! I, too, will join the long line of Lincoln admirers. and BOOK admirers. Where indeed would we be without books. Thanks for this, Erik!

  12. This is one of my favorite Lincoln PBs. Have you tried Lincoln Tells A Joke, or a similar title – sorry can’t remember right now!

  13. I like the cover – with Abe sitting in a tree with a book. I can’t climb a tree, but I dream about it.

  14. The cover art grabbed me too! Nice choice Eric!

  15. Oh, I must look for this one! I like reading about Abe Lincoln too. 🙂 I once saw a play at Ford’s Theatre, and there’s an Abe Lincoln figure in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Washington, D.C. For a tall man, he ate very little. Too busy! Thanks for the nice review.

  16. I love your reasons for loving this book!
    Being Canadian, I should read it just to brush up on my Abe knowledge.

  17. I didn’t know that Abraham Lincoln loved books. Now I do! I think it would be a very sad place if we did not have books to amuse us, inspire us, teach us and cause us to think.


  18. This book sounds great! I always enjoy reading about Abe Lincoln. I will have to check out this picture book. Awesome review!

  19. Wonderful book review Erik. I have read about Abraham Lincoln before, but not this book. Thanks for sharing.

  20. This looks amazing to teach children about the life of a man that inspired the whole world.

  21. Good choice, Erik! I, too, enjoy stories about people in history; especially when it comes to their childhood. It reveals what made them who they were.

  22. Have not seen this book on Abe Lincoln, but it looks like a treasure. Love historical fiction and books about Lincoln. Great choice Erik!

  23. Sounds like an excellent book, Erik. I am fascinated by Abe Lincoln, too, so I will definitely need to find this and read it. Thanks for the review.

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