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.

January 17: MUHAMMAD ALI: CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

Muhammad Ali, boxer
January 17, 1942-

Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Francois Roca (Schwartz & Wade, 2008)

Winter
captures Ali’s personality and his contribution to the sport in this
biography about his life and career and starts by introducing young
readers to the first African American heavy weight champion of the
world, Jack Johnson.

The Muhammad Ali Center, a cultural center and museum built to pay hommage to the champion boxer is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

January 17: ELECTRIC BEN: THE AMAZING LIFE AND TIMES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Benjamin Franklin, founding father, inventor
January 17, 1706- April 17, 1790

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd (Dial, 2012)

A
documentary of the life and times of founding father Ben Franklin
beginning with his childhood and ending with his death. The book
includes his many accomplishments from framing the constitution to
creating bifocols. A 2013 Boston Horn-Globe Nonfiction Book Award Winner
and a Robert F. Sibert honor book!

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January 17: Ben Franklin. SO SAID BEN

Ben Franklin, founding father, inventor

Jan. 17, 1706-Apr. 17, 1790

So Said Ben by Michael McCurdy (Creative Editions, 2007)

A
sampling of about a dozen of Ben’s favorite proverbs and bits of widsom
in this biography while focusing on Ben’s traditional American values
and views on the world.

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January 17: NOW AND BEN: THE MODERN INVENTIONS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Benjamin Franklin, founding father, inventor
January 17 1706- April 17, 1790

Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta (Henry Holt and Co., 2006).

This
book focuses on the modern conveniences resulting from Ben Franklin’s
past work and brings the ingeniousness of the innovations to life. It
introduces readers to some of the more obscure inventions like
Benjamin’s glass armonica (musical instrument).

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