Benjamin Franklin Bibliographies

Adult Bibliography   Youth Bibliography

Adult Bibliography

Adler, David A. B. Franklin, Printer. (New York: Holiday House, 2001). B Franklin.

Brands, H.W. The First American. (New York: Doubleday, 2000). B Franklin (SE)

Chaplin, Joyce E. The First Scientific American. (New York: Basic Books, 2006).
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Dray, Philip. Stealing God’s Thunder. (New York: Random House, 2005). 621.3 DrayP

Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. (Various Editions). B Franklin

Franklin, Benjamin. Writings, edited by J.A. Leo Lemay. (New York: The Library of America, 1987). 973.2 Fra

Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003). B Franklin

Jennings, Francis. Benjamin Franklin, Politician. (New York: Norton, 1996). 973.3092 JennF

Lopez, Claude-Anne. Mon Cher Papa. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966). B Franklin

Middlekauff, Robert. Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996). 973.3092 FranB

Miller, William C. Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia Printing, 1728-1766: A Descriptive Bibliography. (Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1974). Q11.P612

Morgan, Edmund S. Benjamin Franklin. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002). B Franklin

Pasles, Paul C. Benjamin Franklin’s Numbers. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008). 510.92 PaslP

Schiff, Stacey. A Great Improvisation. (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005). 327.73044 SchiS

Schiffer, Michael Brian. Draw the Lightning Down. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003). 621.3 SchiM

Srodes, James. Franklin: The Essential Founding Father. (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2002). B Franklin

Tucker, Tom. Bolt of Fate. (New York, Public Affairs, 2003). 530.092 TuckT

Van Doren, Carl. Benjamin Franklin. (New York: Viking Press, 1938). B Franklin

Wright, Esmond. Franklin of Philadelphia. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986). B Franklin

Zall, Paul M. Franklin on Franklin. (Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 2000).
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Youth Bibliography


Abraham, Philip. Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Children’s Press, 2002). JB Franklin 2002 (pre-school—grade 1)
Adler, David A. Benjamin Franklin: Printer, Inventor, Statesman. (N.Y. Holiday House, 1992) JB Franklin 1992 (grades 2-6)

Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Holiday House, 1991) JB Franklin 1991 (grades 1-3)

Aliki. The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1977). JB Franklin 1977 (grades 1-4)

Barretta, Gene. Now & Ben: the Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin. (Boston: Henry Holt and Co., 2006 J609.2 BarrG 2006 (grades 1-3)

Burke, Rick. American Lives: Benjamin Franklin. (Chicago: Heinemann, 2003), JB Franklin 2003 (grades 1-4)

Collard, Sneed B. Benjamin Franklin: the Man Who Could Do Just About Anything. (N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2007). JB Franklin 2007 (grades 2-4)

Collier, James Lincoln. The Benjamin Franklin You Never Knew. (N.Y.: Children’s Press, 2004) JB Franklin 2004 (grades 3-5)

Dash, Joan. A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat. (N.Y.: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2006) JB Franklin 2006 (grades 5-8)

d’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar. Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Doubleday, 1950) BPL JB Franklin 1950 (grades 2-6)

Eberle, Irmengarde. Benjamin Franklin: Man of Science. (N.Y.: Franklin Watts, 1961) JB Franklin 1961 (grades 4-6)

Fleming, Candace. Ben Franklin’s Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman’s Life. (N.Y.: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003) BPL JB Franklin 2003 (grades 4-7)

Fradin, Dennis Brindell. Who Was Ben Franklin? (N.Y.: Grossett & Dunlap, 2002) JB Franklin 2002 (grades 2-6)

Franklin Institute Science Museum Book edited by Lisa Jo Rudy. Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments. (N.Y.: Wiley, 1995) JB Franklin 1995 (grades 4-7)

Fritz, Jean. What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (N.Y.: Coward, McCann & Geogehegan, 1976) 1976, 1996 JB Franklin 1976 (grades 2-4)

Giblin, James. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Scholastic, 2000) JB Franklin 2000 (grades 4-6)

Greene, Carol. Benjamin Franklin: A Man with Many Jobs. (Chicago: Children’s Press, 1985) JB Franklin 1985 (K-grade 2)

Harris, Laurie Lanzen, ed. Biography for Beginners. (Pleasant Ridge, MI: Favorable Impressions, 2006) JR 609.22 2006 (grades 2-5)

Haugen, Brenda and Andrew Santella. Benjamin Franklin: Scientist and Statesman. (Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2005) JB Franklin 2005 (grades 3-6)

Johnson, Spencer. The Value of Saving: The Story of Benjamin Franklin. (LaJolla California: Value Communications, Inc., 1978) JB Franklin 1978 (grades 4-6)

Judson, Clara Ingram. Benjamin Franklin. (Chicago: Follett, 1957) JB Franklin 1957 (grades 4-6)

Krensky, Stephen. Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: DK Pubs., 2008) JB Franklin 2008 (grades 5-8)

Lawson, Robert. Ben and Me: A New and Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin As Written by His Good Mouse Amos. (N.Y.: Little, Brown, 1988) JB Franklin 1988(grades 2-5)

Lee, Susan and John. Benjamin Franklin. (Chicago: Children’s Press, 1974) JB Franklin 1974 (grades 1-3)

Mara, Wil. Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Children’s Press, 2002) JB Franklin 2002 (grades 1-2)

Meltzer, Milton. Benjamin Franklin: The New American. (N.Y.: Franklin Watts, 1988) JB Franklin 1988 (grades 7-12)

Murphy, Frank. Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares. (N.Y.: Random House, 2001) JB Franklin 2001 (grades 2-3)

Osborne, Mary Pope. The Many Lives of Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1990) JB Franklin 1990 (grades 3-6)

Raatma, Lucia. Benjamin Franklin. (Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 1991) JB Franklin 1991 (grades 1-3)

Scarf, Maggi. Meet Benjamin Franklin. (N.Y.: Random House, 1989) JB Franklin 1989 (grades 1-6)

Schanzer, Rosalyn. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning. (N.Y.: Harper Collins, 2003) JB Franklin 2003 (grades 1-3)

Stein, R. Conrad. Benjamin Franklin: Inventor, Statesman, and Patriot. (Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1972) JB Franklin 1972 (grades 3-6)

Van Vleet, Carmella. Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself. (Vermont: Nomad Press, 2007) J608 VanC 2007 (grades 4-7)
Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World was organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition for libraries has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

The traveling exhibition is based on a major exhibition of the same name mounted by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a nonprofit organization established through a major grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to educate the public about Franklin's enduring legacy.

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