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Books About Abraham Lincoln

Updated on September 30, 2014

Read About Honest Abe

I'm from the Land of Lincoln (that's Illinois, in case you didn't know). I grew up thinking Abraham Lincoln was the best president, partly because he was from our state (he was not born there, mind you, but he lived there most of his adult life) and because of the great ideals Lincoln stood for.

Read about Honest Abe in these books about Abraham Lincoln. I've selected children's books about Lincoln as well as some of the best Lincoln books for adults that include books about his personal life, Lincoln's speeches, and analysis of history from his presidency.

I took this photo of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Abraham Lincoln's Birth

Abe was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky

on February 12, 1809.

Books About Lincoln - Children's Books About Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman is a Newberry Medal Book. This children's book for grades 2 - 3 describes Lincoln's boyhood, his marriage, and young professional life as well as his years as the sixteenth president.

Abraham Lincoln Was America's Sixteenth President

Old State Capitol ~ Springfield, Illinois

Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.
Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

This is the Illinois state capitol in Springfield where Lincoln served as a lawyer and later gave his famous "House Divided" speech in the Representatives Hall in 1858 when campaigning for U.S. Senate.

Lincoln worked to get Illinois' capital moved to Springfield from Vandalia in 1837.

Information Source: Abraham Lincoln Online

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Classic Books About Abraham Lincoln - By Carl Sandburg, James MacPherson, Lord Charwood

Sandburg's book, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years was called "the greatest historical biography of our generation."

Books About Lincoln's Personal Life

Lincoln suffered from depression, had numerous failures including job losses and business failures, and was defeated at least six times for elected offices. His resilience and perseverance along with his great orating skills helped him overcome these obstacles.

Source: Abraham Lincoln Online

Lincoln's Home, Open and Free to the Public

Robert Lincoln donated the family home in Springfield

to the State of Illinois in 1887 under the condition

that it would always be open,

free to the public, and well maintained.

Source: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois

Statue of the Abraham Lincoln Family

The Lincolns in statue form at Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL.
The Lincolns in statue form at Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Abraham Lincoln Wed Mary Todd in 1842

Abe had inscribed "A.L. to Mary, Nov. 4, 1842.

Love is Eternal." on the inside of her wedding ring.

Source: National Park Service

First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln - Slaves Were Freed in 10 States During the American Civil War

First reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.
First reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This 1964 painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter shows from left to right: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War (seated); Secretary of Treasury Salmon P. Chase (standing); Abraham Lincoln, President; Gideon Welles, Secretary of Navy (seated); Caleb Blood Smith, Secretary of Interior (standing); Secretary of State William H. Seward (seated); Postmaster General Montgomery Blair (standing); Attorney General Edward Bates (seated).

The emancipation order was issued January 1, 1863.

Image Credit: Painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - In Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, Illinois.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield, Illinois.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York - A Painter, an Editor, and a Detective by Martin A. Sweeney

I received this thoughtful comment from an online reader:

Harold Holzer, the eminent Lincoln Scholar, has called the town I live in the new "Lincoln Mecca"- This book is about Lincoln and his connection to three of Homer NY's native sons: Francis B. Carpenter, William O. Stoddard, and Eli DeVoe, who saved Lincoln from being assassinated on his way to his first inauguration. The book, "Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York: A Painter, an Editor and a Detective" is by Martin A. Sweeney.

~ Chazz

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Have You Read Any of These Books About Abraham Lincoln?

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      No I haven't but my fiance and I are planning to watch the Lincoln movie tonight, which is a start!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      ....and congratulations on your purple star! Will maybe stop by again and catch a time when blessing wear off.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I haven't read any of the books have listed but learned a bit Abraham that I didn't know....sounds like he took what looked liked failure as another opportunity to succeed. Love your pictures, especially of the Lincoln family....very nicely done!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks so much for including this. We recently opened a Zazzle store featuring the "Lincoln Trifecta" of Homer NY as well as Amelia Bloomer (who was born here also) and some other people and sites of historic interest to raise money for historic preservation and hopefully a statue of Lincoln with three of Homer's Native Sons, so I really appreciate your spreading the word by including this book. Let me know if you have a chance to read it what you think about it. Thanks again.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @chezchazz: Chazz, thanks so much for this information. I hadn't heard of this Lincoln book.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      I've read some but you left out my favorite! I may be biased because Harold Holzer, the eminent Lincoln Scholar, has called the town I live in the new "Lincoln Mecca"- This book is about Lincoln and his connection to three of Homer NY's native sons: Francis B. Carpenter, William O. Stoddard, and Eli DeVoe, who saved Lincoln from being assassinated on his way to his first inauguration. The book, "Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York: A Painter, an Editor and a Detective" is by Martin A. Sweeney.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Ha no, I haven't read any of them. I'm a Dutchie, but I haven't read any books on our Queen either. Great informative article though and congrats on your raffle ticket. Blessed.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Sorry I have not, but would probably find them fascinating he was a great man. Blessed!