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Ben Franklin’s Almanac


  • Reminiscent of Franklin’s own Poor Richard’s Almanack, this book is a superlative example of the biographer’s craft and a fitting tribute to the gentleman himself.
    Ann Welton, School Library Journal
  • A fitting tribute to a “good gentleman” whose life was well and energetically lived. Web sites and further readings are appended.
    Stephanie Zvirin, Booklist
  • Franklin is at his most fascinating and delightful in Candace Fleming’s neatly conceived new biography.
    Elizabeth Crow, The New York Times
  • While the volume’s layout encourages readers to dip in and out, Fleming delivers a cohesive and complex portrait of a brilliant, productive and shrewd man who helped shape this country.
    Publishers Weekly


Adler, David A. B. Franklin, Printer. Holiday House, 2001. ISBN-13: 9780823416752

Byrd, Robert. Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer. Dutton, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780525470335

Delano, Marie Ferguson. Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. National Geographic, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780792259343

Fleming, Candace. The Hatmaker’s Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin. Orchard, 1998. ISBN-13: 9780531300756

Fleming, Candace. The Lincolns. Atheneum, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780375936180

Fleming, Candace. Our Eleanor. Atheneum, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780689865442

Fritz, Jean. What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? Coward, 1976. ISBN-13: 9780698113725

Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. Scholastic, 2000. ISBN-13: 9780439810654

Gutman, Dan. Qwerty Stevens, Stuck in Time with Benjamin Franklin. Simon & Schuster, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780689878848

Lawson, Robert. Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos. Little, Brown, 1939. ISBN-13: 9780316517300

Schanzer, Rosalyn. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning. HarperCollins, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780688169930

St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be an Inventor? Philomel, 2002. ISBN-13: 9780142404607