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TRC Bibliography: Benjamin Franklin (Archive - no longer updated)

As part of the 2006 Family Open House, Fermilab celebrated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. We created this bibliography as an aid to those interested in learning more about this great American scientist and statesman.

To find more information about Benjamin Franklin, look for these and other books in your school or public libraries:

Barretta, Gene, Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2006. ISBN: 0805079173 (Ages 9–12)

Franklin Institute Science Museum and Cheryl Kirk Noll (Illustrator), The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments: A Franklin Institute Science Museum Book, Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 1995. ISBN: 0471076384 (Ages 9–12)

Jango-Cohen, Judith and Kevin Lepp (Illustrator), Ben Franklin's Big Shock, Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2005. ISBN: 1575058731 (Ages 4–8)

Krensky, Stephen and Bert Dodson (Illustrator), Ben Franklin and His First Kite, Aladdin, 2002. ISBN: 0689849842 (Ages 4–8)

Schanzer, Rosalyn (Illustrator), How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning, New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2003. ISBN: 0688169937 (Ages 9–12)

Or visit these websites for video, resources, and activities:

Independence Hall Association, The Electric Ben Franklin.
Includes samples of eighty Ben Franklin quotes, a 360-degree visit to Franklin's print shop, the post office and even his privy pit. Also includes streaming video, "fun and games" and a section to learn about the famous kite experiment.

PBS, Benjamin Franklin. An Extraordinary Life. An Electric Mind.
Originally broadcast as a three-part series on PBS in November 2002, the film may be purchased or the trailer viewed online. Watch your local PBS station for rebroadcasts. The website is designed to support the film and includes a "How Shocking" section and interactive simulations of the revolutionary electricity discoveries of Ben Franklin. A "Make a Kite" section includes BenŐs original instructions. A teacher's guide includes more activities.

Franklin Institute, Benjamin Franklin: Glimpses of the Man.
This site is mainly text on all aspects of Franklin, as a scientist, inventor, statesman, printer, philosopher, musician and economist. It includes a timeline of his life too. Electrical safety information is included.