• 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807524350
  • September 2009

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  • For personal reading and for the classroom, pair this with other stories about the civil rights movement and the brave kids who stood up to hatred.

    - Booklist

  • 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

Awards & Accolades

  • Honor Book, 2010 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards
  • A 2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • 2010 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Grades Pre K-3
  • A 2010 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner
  • 2009 NAPPA Gold Winner
  • 2011-2012 Show Me Readers Award Nominee List (Missouri)


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Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina and Colin Bootman

Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 4.50