April 13 Birthday: THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING

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

THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING (Nancy Paulsen Book,s 2014)

by Maira Kalman

Overview

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing
the Declaration of Independence – but there’s so much more to discover.
This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke
seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist,
mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home,
Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world.
Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a
mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled
the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. 
 
 

April 13 Birthday: Thomas Jefferson, LIVES OF THE PRESIDENT: FAME, SHAME (AND WHAT THE NEIGHBORS THOUGHT)

Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
Apr. 13, 1743-July 4, 1826


Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1998)

This author of the Declaration of Independence also was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was the third president.

Jefferson’s accomplishments are summarized in this profile of him.

April 13 Birthday: THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING

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


THOMAS JEFFERSON: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF EVERYTHING (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014)

by Maira Kalman

Overview

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing
the Declaration of Independence – but there’s so much more to discover.
This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke
seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist,
mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home,
Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world.
Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a
mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled
the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. 
Learn more at the website of Jefferson’s Monticello

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.