January 17: I SHOOK UP THE WORLD: THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD ALI

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)

Three-time
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.

January 17: Mack Sennett. MACK MADE MOVIES

Mack Sennett, film pioneer

Jan. 17, 1880-Nov. 5, 1960

Mack Made Movies by Don Brown (Roaring Brook Press, 2003)

“In
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.

January 17: BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG SPLASH: THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF HIS FIRST INVENTION

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

Summary:
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.

Trivia
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.

January 17: THE LIFE OF BEN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL

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)

Author,
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.

January 17: BEN FRANKLIN: HIS WIT AND WISDOM FROM A-Z

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

Overview

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.