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Karen Winnick, Children's Author, Joins ALBC's Advisory Committee




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Children’s Author, Illustrator Karen Winnick Joins
Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s Advisory Committee

Washington – History, English, and art were Karen Winnick’s three favorite subjects as a school child.  Today, she is fortunate to combine her three loves as an author and illustrator of children’s books.

Karen Winnick, whose Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers tells the story of how Abraham Lincoln came to grow a beard, has been named to the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

“Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009 will be a tremendous teaching moment for parents and children,” said Commissioner Louise Taper, who nominated Winnick.  “Karen has a wonderful ability to reach kids on their own level – and still be historically accurate.  She’s a natural to join the ALBC’s Advisory Committee.”

Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, which was published by Boyds Mills Press in 1996, tells the story of how 11-year old Grace Bedell convinced presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln he would improve his electoral chances if he grew whiskers. 

“All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President,” Bedell wrote to Lincoln in the fall of 1860. 

When Lincoln’s train stopped in Bedell’s hometown – Westfield, New York – en route to the inauguration, the president-elect took time to meet the persuasive little girl.

Winnick is the author and illustrator of seven other children’s books.  Her next book, Lucy’s Cave, is about Lucy McRae, a real young girl who lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi, during the Civil War.  It is due to be published in November 2008.

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan educational, public, and legacy programs to mark the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  Its members, who are appointed by the president and congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians, and collectors. 

The ALBC’s Advisory Committee includes authors, filmmakers, legislators, historians, and others whose expertise facilitates the outreach and mission of the ALBC.