From the Series On My Own Biography
Gazing up at the stars, Benjamin Banneker longed to understand how and why things worked as they did. In a time when most black Americans were slaves, Banneker lived a life of freedom and became known as America’s first black American man of science. He helped survey Washington, D.C., and became the first black American to write an almanac. Through his accomplishments, he helped advance the cause of equality for African Americans.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||2.9|
- NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
- Science Books & Films Best Books
Christian Library Journal
“Craig Orback’s illustrations use strong opaque paint, which reflect the many sides of Banneker’s life. This short biography is an adequate introduction to this very important life and work which teachers will find useful in unit on slavery, civil rights history, and the Revolution.” —Christian Library Journal
Science Books & Films
“This book about an African-American who lived during the time of the American revolution is a noteworthy contribution to literature than can stimulate interest in practical science and science careers for children of all colors.” —Science Books & Films
Author: Ginger Wadsworth
Illustrator: Craig Orback
Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.
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On My Own Biography
Engage readers’ interest and imagination! These award-winning biographies feature full-page illustrations. Written in story format, each book features pivotal episodes that reveal what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. View available downloads →