Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lincoln for All Ages

Recently one child's interest in Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress intrigued a younger learner. Off to the local public library. Happiness! Mary Todd Lincoln: Girl of the Bluegrass, an original hardcover version from Childhood of Famous Americans series.

Arriving home, one of our littlest learners announced "We have Meet Abraham Lincoln!" She retrieved the book from our Step Up collection on the bookshelf we reserve for younger learners. Before long our family, all at different levels of learning, were snuggled in the living room, all learning about the Lincoln family on their level. From their reading we were able to discuss what each had learned, how what they read differed from what others learned (with a rabbit trail discussion about bias and perspective), and how it wove together in the tapestry of our country's history.

Lincolns at All Levels

Elementary Level
Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner
A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
Abraham Lincoln by Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary

Upper Elementary/Middle School Level
God's Leader for a Nation: Abraham Lincoln by David R. Collins
Abraham Lincoln by Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator by Augusta Stevenson
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
The Story of Abraham Lincoln by Nina Brown Baker

High School Level
The Gettysburg Address
The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketchum (available on Kindle)
Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House by Elizabeth Keckley
A collection of Lincoln works
Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln 
Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, Kindle store

Please note: Some of these resources are written authentically (especially the high school resources) and may include vivid descriptions of the treatment of slaves. Parents, consider content before handing any reading to your children. Books might appear on book lists but that does not mean they are the best book for a particular child at a particular stage in learning, or that the book is the best book written on that subject.

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