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An illustration of Abigail and John Adams embracing.

Newly Digitized Book is Free and Accessible for Desktop and Mobile 

The Museum of the American Revolution has launched an animated, online version of the nonfiction children’s book Abigail & John, written by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by artist Clarice Smith. The compelling historical biography for young readers explores the partnership between America's second president, John Adams, and his wife and closest advisor, Abigail Smith Adams, brought to life by colorful, original illustrations.

The digitized version of the book, complete with a glossary of terms that invites young readers to dig deeper, is now free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. It is available for use on desktop and mobile.

An illustration of John and Abigail Adams embracing and lookin gat the white house.

Abigail & John follows the story of Abigail and John Adams as they forge an equal and loving partnership that will last a lifetime and help shape a young republic. The Adamses were witnesses to historical events such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and meetings of the Continental Congress. Along the way, they met Revolutionary leaders, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and America’s first president, George Washington. Young readers will see history through the eyes of Abigail and John as they learn the true story behind their powerful and influential union.

“Abigail and John Adams made history together, but in a way, Abigail was the dominant member of the couple; without her, John could not have been propelled to the White House,” said David Bruce Smith, author and founder and president of the Grateful American Foundation.

An illustration of John Adams attending the First Continental Congress and raising his hand.

Published in 2019 by Liberty Bell Press, Abigail & John is the inaugural book in a new series by Smith which will focus on presidential and historical marriages that influenced the nation. The next book in the series will be the forthcoming Dolley & James. The hardcover version of Abigail & John is available for purchase in the Museum’s shop onsite and online. The book, which was previously featured in the Young Readers edition of the Museum’s popular Read the Revolution e-newsletter, is best enjoyed by ages 8–11.

About David Bruce Smith
David Bruce Smith is the founder of the Grateful American Foundation and the co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize, which encourages the reading/publication of young adult works of non-fiction and historical fiction. He established the Grateful American Book Series in 2019. He has authored twelve books, including Abigail & John, American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States, and Three Miles from Providence: A Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers' Home. For more information on the Grateful American Foundation, visit

About Clarice Smith
Clarice Smith has been painting professionally more than 40 years and has had numerous solo exhibitions in prestigious galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel. She is best known as a traditional painter, trained through life drawing and works in oil. Her oeuvre includes portraits, florals, landscapes, still lifes and scenes of horses and sport. Smith is represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York City. To view Clarice Smith’s work and learn more about her career, visit

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.