Abraham Lincoln for Young and Old

By The Sly Fox

By The Sly Fox

No American president has had more books written about him than our 16th President Abraham Lincoln.  Here are a few curated selections for introducing a young child to Honest Abe and for adults readers who may be new to Father Abraham or what something unique.


Frank Keating and Mike Wimmer


This picture book covers Lincoln's early life with the narrative in Lincoln's voice. Author Frank Keating is former Governor of Oklahoma

Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z

John O'Brien and Alan Schroeder


This alphabet book covers key aspects of Lincoln's life sprinkled with pithy quotations from him.

O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War

Robert Burleigh and Sterling Hundley

$19.98 $18.38

The poet Walt Whitman immortalized Lincoln in his poetry and this book captures their relationship.

Abraham Lincoln Comes Home

Wendell Minor and Robert Burleigh


This picture book captures the seminal event of Lincoln's funeral train as witnessed by a young boy and his father. Includes section of factual information on the funeral train. Adults may prefer Lincoln's Funeral Train by Robert M. Reed, 9780764345944

Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

Richard Carwardine


A biography of Lincoln's life by a noted British jurist offers a unique perspective.

Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

Benjamin P Thomas and Michael Burlingame


An early, but still one of the best, biographies of Lincoln.

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

David Fisher and Dan Abrams

$26.99 $24.29

Book captures Lincoln, as a presidential hopeful, in his last great case. Here in vivid detail is the man who would be one of our greatest presidents. Also available in paperback, 9781335461605.

Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860-1861

Harold Holzer


The author, a noted Lincoln scholar, covers the period between Lincoln's election and his inauguration. Fascinating details, but the real charm is his depiction of Lincoln's last days in Springfield.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois (just 20 miles from The Sly Fox) offers a huge amount of material and presents special display and events.  When you come to visit the museum, plan a short trip to The Sly Fox.