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Discover the life of Thomas Jefferson—a story about big ideas and building a nation for kids ages 6 to 9
Thomas Jefferson helped write the Declaration of Independence and became the third president of the United States. Before he helped create America, Thomas was a young boy who loved to play outside, read, and think about new ways of doing things. He studied law and came up with revolutionary ideas that helped build a new country.
Explore how Thomas went from being a curious kid growing up in Virginia to one of America's most important founding fathers.
The Story of Thomas Jefferson includes:
Helpful glossary—Discover easy-to-understand definitions for some of the more advanced words and ideas inside the book.
Visual timeline—Watch Thomas Jefferson progress from a curious young boy to a founding father and president of the United States.
Lasting change—Learn more about how Thomas Jefferson changed the world for future generations, including you.
How will Thomas's bright ideas inspire you?
About the Author
LISA TRUSIANI has written hundreds of stories and nonfiction books for children. Her work has received numerous awards, including The Maine Library Association’s 2019 Lupine Honors Award for American Trailblazers: 50 Remarkable People Who Shaped U.S. History. Lisa grew up on the rocky Maine seacoast. She learned to appreciate geology from her rock miner grandfather and her mineral collector dad.
“Award-winning Maine writer, Lisa Trusiani, has done it again—presented history to young people in a succinct and powerful manner. Her take on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson includes both the glories and the contradictions of the man. A deep thinker on the topics of freedom, democracy, and equal rights, Jefferson nonetheless denied the full humanity of enslaved people. This accessible book topples no giants, but also refuses to skirt difficult issues. I, for one, will be using it with my public school students.” —Charlotte Agell, Teacher and Writer
“This book is a wonderful introduction to Thomas Jefferson and all of the important contributions he made to our country. It does not shy away from some of the questionable aspects of Jefferson's life and does a good job of telling the truth while not judging him by today’s standards or level of understanding. Overall, a wonderful book with illustrations that are bright and colorful and make the book even more fun to read.” —Cheryl Baker, Children’s Librarian
“The Story of Thomas Jefferson tells young people of a time and place of which they may have already heard. L. Trusiani, however, offers a more honest, accurate rendering than most other texts. The book's dedication to truth reflects the commitment it makes to educating youth about one of our country's most influential founding fathers. With a complete and clear glossary, a fun comprehension review quiz, and thought-provoking ‘think tank/ ideas, engaged readers will soak up this book and finally be told the whole story.” —Jennifer Meserve, First Grade Teacher