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Books on Film: Abraham Lincoln Lives!

Lesson learned: It’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re wearing a chinstrap beard made out of construction paper.

School librarian John Schumacher and teacher Colby Sharp are reading every Newbery Medal-winning book and making videos along the way. This week they discuss 1988 winner Lincoln: A Photobiography. In an unexpected twist, our 16th President makes a guest appearance. Click below to watch the video at Sharpread.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


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