Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday to ...

...Abe and Charles! Two hundred years ago today, two babies were born who would each make a profound mark on our history.

Here are a few of our many titles on Lincoln:

Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg
Abe Lincoln Loved Animals by Ellen Jackson
Abraham Lincoln by Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
Lincoln : a Photobiography Russell Freedman
Mr. Lincoln's Gift : a Civil War Story by Whitney Stewart
The President is Shot! : the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Harold Holzer

My personal favorite (and--dare I say it--a member of the soon to be published 2009-20010 Red Clover List):
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson

And don't overlook:
Good Brother, Bad Brother : the Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth by James Cross Giblin.

I recommend the following brilliant presentation for those interested in learning more about Charles Darwin:
The Tree of Life : a Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist & Thinker by Peter Sís.

If you are more focused on the upcoming holiday, Valentine's Day, check out the our young adult blog at http://yal.springfieldtownlibrary.org/. It contains a link to everything you ever wanted to know about Valentines and chocolate. It's well worth a visit!