Review: Heroes of History- Abraham Lincoln from YWAM Publishing

YWAM Publishing_zpswsszfqxbIt has been three years since my family was introduced to books from YWAM Publishing.  Since then these biographies of Christian Heroes and Heroes of History haven been a mainstay of our homeschooling lives.  We are almost always reading one of their books as a read aloud.  (My boys could totally read the books on their own probably in just a couple of afternoons.  Except then I’d miss out on such great books.  So we choose to read them aloud!) I stock up on these books big time every spring at our local homeschooling convention.  These are books that challenge and encourage our Christian faith, teach about God’s work in our world, and their newest history books give us a great deal of information about fantastic characters from our past.  This time we were given the Heroes of History- Abraham Lincoln from YWAM Publishing  along with the Digital Unit Study for review.

We chose the Abraham Lincoln biography as we figured it’d be a great supplement to our American History and Civil War studies.  In fact we received the book just after a trip to Washington D.C. where we got to view the Lincoln Memorial.

Abraham Lincoln_zpsqmzgytziLike all of the YWAM Publishing books, the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln is told in a fascinating way that makes all of the children beg for just… “One More Chapter Please!” Though these are technically geared for children ages 10 and up even my five year old adores these books.

We begin in Abraham Lincoln’s early childhood years where we learn great details about how and where Abraham Lincoln grew up, the tragedies and difficult life he faced, and the events that lead him to become the man that he was.  We learn exactly how this seemingly uneducated man made his way to the presidency during some of the most tumultuous days in our country’s history.  The book is completely historically accurate with so much fact buried in such a compelling story.  Your forget you are reading a historical biography.

The Digital Unit Study adds so much to the experience of reading the story. It helps you dig a little deeper and think a little more about so many details of the story.

The study guide provides resources for teaching:


  • Reading Comprehension
  • Creative Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • History and Geography
  • Quotes for Memorization

This Digital Unit Study can so much to a study of the Civil war.  It gives you ideas for building a log cabin, investigating flags and money from Abraham Lincoln’s time period, you’ll be looking at photographs too.  Such a great way to make some of the history come alive.

Our family focused mostly on the Reading Comprehension and Geography activities.  We discussed many of the quotes that are offered.  We also dug through whatever sights we could find on the internet to find the pictures I described above.  We haven’t quite finished the last 2 or 3 chapters of the book however when we do I’ll be asking the boys to choose either an essay or a creative writing assignment to finish up our study. Ezra is looking forward to creating a map of Lincoln’s journey’s.  Activities like that are right up his alley. Noah plans to write and illustrate a children’s book about Lincoln’s life.

Please if you haven’t checked out YWAM Publishing books and Digital Unit Studies you just must take the time!  These books are a treasure.  In fact, I’m headed to that homeschool convention this weekend.  Guess which booth I’m hitting first!

To find out more about YWAM Publishing:

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

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