August Community Read -- Jefferson's Sons
Join us in reading Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's middle-grade novel, Jefferson's Sons, for a virtual community reading event. We're encouraging families and kids to read and further explore this examination into America's past together.
At the bottom of this page is a downloadable PDF with a short discussion guide.
Jefferson's Sons, A Founding Father's Secret Children
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A middle-grade historical fiction told from the perspective of two of Sally Hemings' children, along with their friend, Peter, another enslaved boy at Monticello. Bradley explores race, family, identity, and the history of America, giving readers a fuller picture of one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson.
Join us in reading Jefferson's Sons this August for a community read!
This is a recommended title to accompany Jefferson's Sons to explore the history of racism in the United States and provide more context and understanding for our August community read. It's also a great audiobook! https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781549184253
When Edie and Alberta discover a collection of old journals and diaries in the attic, they learn more and more about a mysterious woman who once lived in the B&B, her racial identity and how her life was affected living as a Black woman passing for white. This is a recommeded title to accompany Jefferson's Sons and further explore some its themes.
One of the reasons we picked Jefferson's Sons as an August read was to provide some context and invite kids into the conversation about the local petition to change the name of Pullman's Jefferson Elementary School. Something to Say explores a school at the middle of its own debate about its school namesake and whether or not to change the name.
This is a recommended title to accompany Jefferson's Sons that caters to a younger audience. Jefferson's Sons is a middle-grade novel geared towards an audience of around the age of 10 or older depending on the reader. Although this picture book is largely about Thomas Jefferson's life, it does briefly highlight Monticello, Mulberry Row, and Sally Hemings and her children.