Picture Book Biography: Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Today at Wrapped in Foil we have Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by John O’Brien, which is a whirlwind tour of Thomas Jefferson’s life through the lens of his obsession with books.


Thomas Jefferson started reading at an early age. People say he had read his father’s entire very grownup library of 49 books before he went to school, probably around six years old. He spent the rest of his life reading and collecting books on a wide variety of topics and from a wide variety of sources. His ultimate accomplishment was starting the Library of Congress, supplied from a vast number of books from his own collection.

In addition to being ideal for a history lesson about Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library also celebrates reading and literacy. You will definitely want a copy in your own library.

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