Muhammad Ali, athlete
Jan. 17, 1942-
I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali by Maryum Ali, illustrated by Patrick Johnson (Beyond Words Publishing, 2004)
winner of the World Heavyweight boxing championship, an Olympic gold
medal and numerous other awards, Ali was born Cassius Clay, Jr. in
Louisville, Kentucky. One of his most famous quotes is “Float like a
butterfly and sting like a bee.”
Visit the Kids section of Ali’s Official Website that highlights the many accomplishments of this African-American super athlete.
Mack Sennett, film pioneer
Jan. 17, 1880-Nov. 5, 1960
Mack Made Movies by Don Brown (Roaring Brook Press, 2003)
1900, twenty-year-old Mack Sennett was a horse’s rear end.” Who can
resist an opening line like that? Read more about the silent moviemaker
of the slapstick Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin.
A mini-biography and a listing of Sennett’s work is available on a movie database site.
Benjamin Franklin, inventor, scientist, statesman
b. January 17, 1706 (or January 6th)
d. April 17, 1790
BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG SPLASH: THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by S.D. Schindler
How can the son of a soap maker find success? While swimming of course!
Eleven year old Ben Franklin was determined to swim like a fish and he
didn’t mind making mistakes along the way. This is an alliterative,
“mostly true” story of Franklin’s first invention-swim fins-and ow Ben’s
curiosity lead to later innovations that changed the world.
There are many websites dedicated to Benjamin Franklin. Here are just a few:
The Franklin Institute
The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary website
Ben Franklin museum website.
bonus: Ben Franklin’s birth certificate shows he was born on January
6th. In 1752, England and the British colonies switched calendar
systems, advancing everyone’s age by eleven days.
Ben Franklin, founding father
Jan. 17, 1706-Apr. 17, 1790
The Life of Ben Franklin: An American Original by Yona Zeldis McDongough, illustrated by Malcah Zeldis (Holt, 2006)
politician, and inventor were just a few of Franklin’s occupations. The
story of his life and achievements are detailed in this biography.
Time Magazine’s Online Edition has a Special Report on Franklin, titled “The Amazing Adventures of Ben Franklin.“
Click HERE to learn the story about Ben’s true birthday.
Ben Franklin, inventor, scientist, founding father
b. January 17, 1706
d. April 17, 1790
BEN FRANKLIN: HIS WIT AND WISDOM FROM A-Z (Holiday House, 2012)
by Alan Schroeder
illustrated by John O’Brien
Benjamin Franklin devised armonicas and bifocals and helped bring us the Constitution. He amassed enough noteworthy accomplishments to cover the entire alphabet from A to Z.
This nontraditional tribute is brimming with humorous cartoons,
instructive adages, and a wealth of information about a Founding Father
who was as amusing as he was amazing.