The Brothers Kennedy

John, Robert, Edward

The Brothers Kennedy

Illustrated by: Amy June Bates
For Ages: 4 - 8
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An inspiring picture book about John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, by acclaimed author Kathy Krull and New York Times bestselling artist Amy Bates.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416991588 | 
  • January 2010 | 
  • Grades P - 3 | 
  • Lexile ® NC990
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The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward

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Discussion Questions

  1. The bond among the Kennedy brothers—Joe, John, Robert, and Edward—was extremely strong. Talk about how The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward shows each brother’s relationship with one another. How were the Kennedy brothers similar? What were some traits they all shared? And what set them apart from one another, and made them different?

  1. In the book, author Kathleen Krull says that Joe Kennedy was “the most promising of the Kennedy sons.” If Joe had lived, what do you think he would have accomplished during his lifetime? Do you think he might have attained the presidency of the United States?

  1. Although he was a very successful adult, John F. Kennedy struggled quite a bit when he was younger. Discuss some of the obstacles he had to overcome in his childhood. How do you think these experiences helped him succeed later in life?

  1. Robert Kennedy knew “how to put himself in other people’s shoes.” What does this mean?

  1. Before his death in 2009, Edward Kennedy was able to see Barack Obama accept his presidential nomination. How do you think Edward
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About the Author

Kathleen Krull
Photograph by Paul Brewer

Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is the author of the new six-book Women Who Broke the Rules series of chapter books as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at