The Superlative A. Lincoln by author Eileen Meyer

Dave Szalay illustrated The Superlative A. Lincoln.
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The Superlative A. Lincoln – Charlesbridge Publishing

SILVER Medal Winner
2019 Florida Book Awards—Older Children’s Literature
ILLINOIS READS Book Selection 2020, 2021
A program of the Illinois Reading Council

The Superlative A. Lincoln celebrates the numerous (and surprising) ways in which our sixteenth president excelled. The nineteen poems in this non-fiction poetry collection include “Most Distracted Farmer,” “Biggest Dreamer,” “Best Use of an Accessory,” and “Most Admired President,” to name a few. Each poem shares a fascinating story about events in Abraham Lincoln’s life. History notes accompany each poem and explain more about the ways in which Lincoln was superlative.

In the back matter, “The Superlative YOU” encourages children to consider the numerous ways in which they, too, are superlative. This book empowers young readers to learn more about Lincoln’s life and dream about great accomplishments they hope to achieve.

The Florida Book Project Awards with Eileen Meyer
Illinois Reads with Eileen Meyer


“Telling Abraham Lincoln’s story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. “Come read about a legend— / the greatest of the greats; / from a poor boy in the backwoods / to a president, first-rate.” The title of each celebratory poem offers a yearbook-style superlative about our 16th president: “Best Wrestler,” “Best Lumberjack,” “Who’s Tallest?” Each poem is accompanied by a brief paragraph providing context for the poem. . . The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun.”
– Kirkus

“. . . An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching tool for the classroom. These well-researched poems hold readers’ attention and could encourage them to explore additional questions. ­VERDICT A good example of how poetry can also inform. Highly recommended for elementary schools and public libraries.”
– School Library Journal

Do you want to know more about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln?

Check out these websites:

The URLs listed here were accurate at the time of this posting, but websites often change. If a URL doesn’t work, you can use the internet to find more information.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
National Historical Park:
History relating to Lincoln’s
Kentucky birthplace.

Lincoln Memorial:
History and information about this
famous landmark in Washington, DC.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum:
Documents, manuscripts, newspapers,
oral biographies, and more relating to
Lincoln’s life.

Historical documents from the years
Lincoln lived in Illinois (1830–1861).

Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom:
Quotes, quizzes, maps, and many other resources for students and teachers.

Mr. Lincoln’s White House:
Interesting details about Lincoln’s
years as president.