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. 

Event date: 
Monday, August 17, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 6:00am
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Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142421840
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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

Join us in reading Jefferson's Sons this August for a community read! 


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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


The Only Black Girls in Town Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316456388
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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.


Something to Say Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836717
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Published: Balzer + Bray - July 14th, 2020

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.


Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Cover Image
By Maira Kalman, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399240409
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - January 7th, 2014

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.