ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Abraham Lincoln Biography for Kids (and adults)

Updated on October 24, 2013

During our study time, I read along with the kids from the Heroes of History series, enjoying the glimpses into lives of well-known public figures on a level that kids can really enjoy. We just finished with the Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom selection by Janet and Geoff Benge, and it was truly a pleasure to read. I would recommend it just as heartily for adults as for kids. It's not lofty in vocabulary, but it drives some great points home. While I realize that there are many Abraham Lincoln biographies to consider, this is an excellent option for kids' book reports, papers and history projects.

One of the best things about the Benge biographies is the fact that you begin at the beginning. You meet the character in his or her childhood. In the Lincoln biography, you begin in Kentucky as the family is dealing with the plight many in the area faced at the time. Poor surveying led to the unreliability of land titles, meaning that rich people could venture in and force poor landowners out because they didn't have the resources to stand up to claims of ownership and legal threats. The Lincoln family moved on to Indiana.

Some of Abe's childhood highlights include:

  • Shooting his first and only turkey
  • Helping his father to clear land and construct a cabin
  • Dealing with the unexpected death of his mother due to milk disease in a cow
  • Contending with the inner turmoil of his father going back to Kentucky to find a wife
  • Finding odd jobs on the river
  • Turning his money over to his father because the law said that a young man under the age of 21 must do so

As the family concludes its time in Indiana, they move on to Illinois. One rough winter was enough for young Lincoln, who left to work in a general store along the Mississippi River. We view a challenge from the Clary's Grove gang and a serious wrestling match that was finally won by Abe. My kiddos laughed when I commented, "How presidential!" We see him become good friends with his opponent. We also see him delve into career fields in surveying and law. He runs for office, commands a militia unit and heads to the legislature. He finally becomes a lawyer. Of course, this takes place with little formal education, and an important part of Lincoln's platform included an interest in making education accessible to all children.

The Benge biography of Lincoln also provides an important view of the man as a humble and quiet individual who felt passionately about slavery and other issues but who preferred not to be in the spotlight. We view the origins of the Lincoln Douglas debate as Stephen Douglas attempts to convince his constituents of the validity of his stance in the Kansas-Nebraska Act, an effort undoing the limitation of the spread of slavery that had been instituted with the Missouri Compromise. We see family challenges as one of Lincoln's sons dies as a little child, and we see ongoing conflict as he contends with a wife who has grown up in a much more privileged life.

The latter part of the biography deals with the presidency and the challenges Lincoln faced as the Union faced war and peace. The antics of the Lincoln boys in the White House provides young readers and listeners with lots of entertainment. The death of a second son during his tenure as President of the United States was traumatic, and this turn in the story is a serious point to consider with the kids just how fragile life was in this part of our history. Even presidents could be affected by illnesses like Typhoid Fever.

The biography concludes with the famed train procession and multiple funeral services throughout the country. Overall, the view into the past of the 16th president was interesting and sobering. Entertaining moments tell us that he was very down to earth and that he truly cared for people.

Do you enjoy biographies on a kid's level?

See results

One of the things I love about these Heroes books is that you get a realistic view of life. It's not dry and boring, and you are allowed to laugh at funny events while also viewing the serious issues confronting these individuals. After all, it's hard to be a hero if you never face adversity. Today's adversities are much different, but the fortitude of men like Abe Lincoln and women like Harriet Tubman encourage us to aim higher and care deeper.

You'll appreciate that these stories are available in both paperback and in digital form. If you love your Kindle, you can download these in an instant. I'm tempted to add to my collection via Kindle, but I really like the idea of the kids being able to pick up one of these at will and read to their hearts' content. I also like the idea that there would be a day when grandkids might enjoy these stories anew. The pricing for paperback isn't much different than Kindle pricing, so there's value in choosing the options that works best for you. And if your child needs a great book report book, you can have access to it quickly via Kindle!

Check out some of these titles:

C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

This is an exciting portrayal of one of the kids' favorite authors, C.S. Lewis.

Harriet Tubman: Freedombound (Heroes of History)
Harriet Tubman: Freedombound (Heroes of History)

This will be one of the next American Heroes books on our reading list.

Daniel Boone: Frontiersman (Heroes of History)
Daniel Boone: Frontiersman (Heroes of History)

Another read from the Benge biography series that I'm looking forward to enjoying with the kids.


Have you read any of the biographies by Janet and Geoff Benge?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)