WHAT ARE YOU FIGURING NOW? – A biography of Benjamin Banneker
Written by Jeri Chase Ferris
Illustrated by Amy Johnson
Published by Lerner Books, Minneapolis
First published in 1988, now in its 21st printing
A National Science Teachers Association/Children’s Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
California Readers Collection
Available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon
Benjamin Fr.... oops, not Franklin. Benjamin BANNEKER built the first wooden clock in America, was a mathematician and astronomer and musician (flute), wrote more almanacs than Benjamin Franklin did, and helped lay out our new capital city of Washington, D.C.
He was a free black farmer at a time when many black people in the new United States were held as slaves. Even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were slave owners, as we know.