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Stories from the New Children's Book on Abe Lincoln

by David J. Kent

Washington, D.C.

Monday, January 29, 2024

With over 16,000 books written about Abraham Lincoln, you can bet that a good number of them are books written for children. A recent list offered their version of the top 50 Best Abraham Lincoln books for kids (click here and scroll down for the full list). My own collection of Lincoln books is only a tenth of the total and I generally do not collect children's books. That said, I admit that there are some children's books in my collection. Perhaps it's time for one more. For those planning to be in Washington, DC on February 2nd, you can hear stories from another one.

Jonathan White is no stranger to the Lincoln Group of DC. He is a prolific author who, much like Tiger Woods who was hot on the heels of Jack Nicklaus, seems to be intent on catching up to Harold Holzer when it comes to number of books written on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. His newest is called My Day with Abe Lincoln, his first foray into bringing Lincoln's life to children (with illustrations by Madeline Renaux). Jon will be telling stories from the book at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office at 437 7th St. NW, Washington, DC on February 2, 2024.

The event is free to the public and runs from 11 am to 1 pm. The program is geared toward children, but adults are also sure to enjoy.

As long as you're in the neighborhood, you can make the day a two-fer. As previously mentioned, Jon White will also be part of a special program at Ford's Theatre that same evening at 7 pm. He'll be joined by Edna Greene Medford for dramatic readings and discussion of African American letters to Lincoln as detailed in two of his previous books. Check out the details in this prior post.

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[Photo from National Museum of Civil War Medicine announcement]


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