Who Was ® …Inventors Book List with FREE Printable

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Inventors are inspiring to learn about whether you use them as part of a larger science study or whether you focus your studies on the inventor him or herself.  Our family loves the Who Was ® series of books and I have posted before about some of the books we have enjoyed.  In this post, I organized a list of all of their books to date of inventors.  There are 14 in total!  At the bottom, there are FREE printable bookmarks you can download to take notes on while reading any of these books.

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Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 -1519

Studying da Vinci could accompany so many studies, including physics, art, and early flying machines.

Galileo Galilei, 1564 -1642

A great book to accompany any type of astronomy or weather study.

Isaac Newton, 1643 -1727

A perfect book to introduce the study of physics.

Benjamin Franklin, 1706 -1790

While this book is often included in a study of the birth of the United States, it is also perfect as part of a study of electricity, sound or light.

Louis Braille, 1809 -1852

The story of Louis Braille would fit a unit study about disabilities or communication and could be read along with our Helen Keller unit study.

Thomas Edison, 1847 – 1931

With over 1000 patents to Thomas Edison’s name, this book is great for any study of inventors or to accompany a study of electricity.  It would be great to read this with Who Was Nikola Tesla? and compare the two men, their inventions and their lives and to learn about the difference between AC and DC power.

Alexander Graham Bell, 1847 – 1922

Learn about what influenced Alexander Graham Bell to invent the first practical telephone.

Nikola Tesla, 1856 – 1943

If you are studying electricity, this book makes a great companion.  It would be great to read this with Who Was Thomas Edison? and compare the two men, their inventions and their lives and to learn about the difference between AC and DC power.

George Washington Carver, 1860s – 1943

This book would be great when studying botany, gardening or as part of Black History Month.

Henry Ford, 1863 – 1947

Learn about the assembly line and the mass production of cars.  Perfect for car lovers in the family!

Marie Curie, 1867 – 1934

A great addition to a chemistry study or as part of Women’s History Month.

Wilbur Wright, 1867 – 1912

Orville Wright, 1871 – 1948

Learn about the beginning of aviation!  Also a fun addition to studying the state of North Carolina.

Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955

This a great book to use as part of a study of physics, but I would definitely save this one for middle school due the complexity of the theory of relativity and Einstein’s other theories and discoveries.

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

A biography all kids can relate to!  Perfect for kids who like coding or just love their tablets and iPhones!

Use the bookmarks to take notes while you read any of these books.  Sometimes, I use them for reading comprehension and have my children narrate to me what I should write.  Other times, I have my older son fill them out to give him practice writing and taking notes.

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This is a set of 60 cards to teach about one inventor in history each day. From Archimedes to Charles Goodyear to Nikola Tesla to Marie Curie to Ruth Handler to 55 others in between. From electricity to the theory of relativity to the Super Soaker to the iPad.

Each card contains the inventor’s name, picture, and years of life on the front. On the back is a detailed summary of what he or she invented and a few facts about their lives.

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