February 12 Birthday: ONE BEETLE TOO MANY: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CHARLES DARWIN

 Charles Darwin, naturalist
Feb. 12, 1809-Apr. 19, 1882

One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky, illustrated by Matthew Trueman (Candlewick, 2009).

The story of the curious young lad who sailed around the world observing and collecting flora and fauna which would eventually lead him to discover the law of evolution.

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: 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!

Click HERE to learn the story about Ben’s true birthday.