October 30 Birthday: THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM

John Adams, U.S. President
Oct. 30, 1735-July 4, 1826


Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic, 2012)

Opposites in physical appearance, childhood experiences and manners of speech, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both grew up to be lawyers, teamed up (with others) to oppose King George of England and create the Declaration of Independence for the newly formed United States of America.

Read more about Adams at the WhiteHouse.gov page devoted to him.

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.