We’ve collected lots of fun non-fiction children’s books in addition to our picture and chapter books. Whether the kids have questions about space, rain forest animals, the Great Pyramid, bog people, or the first Thanksgiving, it’s fun to have a library of books at home so we can find answers together. If a book can teach and entertain at the same time, it gets a double nod of approval from me.

This book is new to our library, and I actually got it from a Scholastic Book Order from my daughter’s class. I have a hard time not getting one teensy little book (or two) from those monthly pamphlets. This book is told as a story, but you can talk to your children how it is real, it’s history, and they will forever know that Abraham Lincoln was a good and honorable man. This book is illustrated beautifully with simplistic, folksy oil paintings by Nancy Carpenter. But my favorite part of this book is that it teaches children about Mr. Lincoln, one of the greatest men of all time.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books
by Kay Winters
illustrations by Nancy Carpenter

A few of my favorite passages: “In the wilds of Kentucky, 1809, a boy was born. His mother called his Abraham, his last name was Lincoln. His bed was made from corn husks, his covers, skins from bears. His cabin built with logs from towering trees.”

“As Abe grew, he talked to travelers–heard where they’d been, where they were going. He saw their world was wider than his own. His ideas stretched. His questions rose. His dreams were stirred.”

This simple narrative follows Abe as he grows up, as his family moves, and his mother dies. It shows us how he eventually went “from the wilderness to the White House,” as he learned that “it was unjust to own another,” that “words could change the way folks thought,” and as he discovered the “power of words and used them well.”

I love words, too, and Ms. Winters puts them together beautifully in this book. Now you know why it’s one of my new favorites. You can get it here.