Finding Lincoln

Finding Lincoln
by Ann Malaspina
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co., 2009
For ages: 5-10



When Louis can’t take a book about President Lincoln out of the segregated library, he decides to shake things up.  2010 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2010 IRA Teacher’s Choice, 2010 Skipping Stones Honor Book. 2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Finding Lincoln is a great book for Black History Month.


“Bootman’s illustrations depict Louis’s curiosity, determination and joy as her pursues his quest for justice. Malaspina’s moving text explains the societal mores of the time and the actions of the people committed to rewriting them.” Kirkus Reviews

“Soft, rich watercolor illustrations accompany the text, creating a compelling look at an important piece of history.” School Library Journal

“The look of longing on Louis’s face as he stands just outside the window while Whites sit at a lunch counter enjoying their strawberry milkshakes is a heart-breaker….Bootman adds visual texture to Malaspina’s meaningful story.” Multicultural Review

“In the vibrant red of the library’s doors, however, kids can sense the hope for treasures within…”
Children’s Literature

About the Author

Ann Malaspina, a former newspaper reporter, writes multicultural picture books inspired by true events. She is the author of Finding Lincoln (Albert Whitman), Yasmin’s Hammer (Lee & Low Books), and Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley (Albert Whitman), Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper (Albert Whitman). Her forthcoming book, Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President (Albert Whitman) will be out in time for the 2012 elections.
Author’s website

School Visit Information

Ann is available for school visits.  A good book to add to elementary school curriculum on civil rights, segregation, Black History Month, library appreciation.  See her website for more information.