Abraham Lincoln stood nearly 6’4” tall, even without his stovepipe hat!

The Underground Railroad: The Journey, from National Geographic Kids
You are an escaping slave. How will you get to safety? Try this interactive game.

Lincoln and the Civil War Word Search

Try a Presidential Mad Lib!

Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Get help with downloadable books or ask a librarian or parent for help.


Mr. Lincoln's Drummer by G. Clifton Wisler
Willie Johnston, an eleven-year-old Civil War drummer, was the youngest person ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Journal of James Edmond Pease, A Civil War Union Soldier by Jim Murphy
Written as the diary of a 16-year-old Union soldier, this tells the story of the war.

Meet Addy, an American Girl by Connie Porter
In the first of several books about her, nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from slavery during the Civil War.

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Starting when he’s nine, Jethro sees the war change life on his family’s Illinois farm, as the men go off to fight for the North or the South. This is a Newbery Honor Book.

Dear Ellen Bee : a Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies by Mary E. Lyons
Liza, a young black girl, and Bet, the white woman who freed Liza’s family, are both spies for the Union. Set up as a scrapbook, this is based on real people.

Iron Thunder, by Avi
A young man sails on the Monitor, one of the first-ever submarines, as it heads into battle.

Who Comes with Cannons? by Patricia Beatty
A young Quaker girl helps run a station on the Underground Railroad, but faces criticism because the Quakers will not fight for either side.

Culpepper’s Cannon by Gary Paulsen
Two boys travel back in time to the day just before the battle of the "ironclads" (submarines), Monitor and Merrimac. Part of the Culpepper Adventures series.

Abe’s Fish by Jennifer Bryant
When he was very young, Abe did something generous for a soldier. This book is based on that story.


Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
It’s a picture book, but not for little kids: Pincus, a black Union soldier, saves the life of Say, a white Union soldier, but both are later captured. Based on the true story of the author’s great-great-grandfather.

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
This biography, with 90 photos of the President and his times, won the Newbery Medal.

A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, by David Adler
An easy-to-read biography of President Lincoln.

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Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War by Thomas B. Allen
President Lincoln had a life-long interest in technology and inventions, and he used many "new and useful things" in support of the Union cause, including surveillance balloons and submarines!

The Emancipation Proclamation: Would YOU Do What Lincoln Did? by Elaine Landau
If you had been President, what would you have done- and what would have happened next?

Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull
President Lincoln really enjoyed a good joke!

Gettysberg: the Graphic Novel by C.M. Burtzer
This comic-book style history captures the people, place and importance of this terrible battle.

Young Heroes of the North and South by the editors of Cobblestone Magazine
These articles were first published in Cobblestone and Appleseeds magazines for kids.

The Civil War for Kids : A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert
Learn flag signals, how to bake hardtack, and decoding wigwag, and learn what life was like in the war.


Abraham Lincoln [DVD]
A half-hour animated movie about the life of the 16th President.

The following pages are from the Abraham Lincoln Research Site, created by former history teacher Roger J. Norton.

The Shot through Abraham Lincoln’s Hat
Several months before he died, the President went out horseback riding, and almost met his end!

Abraham Lincoln’s Beard
A little girl’s letter convinced him a beard would keep him from looking so thin!

The Lincolns had four kids, all boys. Read about the President’s family.
Mary Todd Lincoln, his wife
Robert Todd Lincoln, the Lincolns’ eldest son
Edward Baker (“Eddie”) Lincoln, their second son
William Wallace Lincoln ("Willie"), their third son
Thomas ("Tad") Lincoln, their youngest