Abraham Lincoln, U.S President
Feb. 12, 1809-Apr. 15, 1865
Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days 1809-1837 by Cheryl Harness (National Geographic Children’s Books, 1998)
Lincoln was a man of great determination and compassion. This book about his early years shows the roots of those qualities.
Go to the White House for more details about Lincoln’s life.
Charles Darwin, naturalist
Feb. 12, 1809-Apr. 19, 1882
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin by Peter Sis (Walker, 2003)
Darwin’s life and ideas are detailed through the text and illustrations. Notes and diary entries from Darwin’s work as well as maps and timelines illuminate the text.
Read what orchidologists have to say about Darwin, his work with orchids and its impact on scientific knowledge.
Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth
Feb. 12, 1884-Feb. 20, 1980
What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove her Father Teddy Crazy! by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic Press, 2008)
Alice Roosevelt had an appetite for life. She had spark. And verve. Because her father was the president of the United States, her enthusiasms were well documented. Thank goodness. Among other things, young readers will love knowing she had a snake named Emily Spinach and that she interrupted her father's second term swearing in ceremony.
Learn more about Alice Roosevelt at the Theodore Roosevelt Association.