April 13 Birthday: THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY

Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
b. April 13, 1743
d. July 4, 1826

THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY
(Calkins Creek, 2013)
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by John O’Brien

Summary: “Thomas Jefferson learned to read, and then he never stopped.” Ever since he was a young boy, Jefferson read and collected books. Books on animals, numbers and politics, in English, French, Greek and Latin. Jefferson kept building his collection until he had thousands upon thousands of books in his library. In the war of 1812, the Library of Congress is destroyed. Can Thomas Jefferson help? The story of a passionate reader, his love for books and the start of the largest library in history.

Learn more about Thomas Jefferson at the Monticello website.
Learn more about the Library of Congress here.

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