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 15 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. Grab out FREE Unit Study about da Vinci that goes along with this book!
Galileo Galilei, 1564 -1642
A great book to accompany any type of astronomy or weather unit.
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.
While not necessarily a scientific inventor, Milton Bradley invented many games during his lifetime, which he sold through the Milton Bradley company. Check out our Milton Bradley FREE unit study, which will inspire your children to invent their own game!
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 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 might 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!
Download the bookmarks below to take notes while you read any of these books. You could use them for reading comprehension and have your children narrate to you what to write. Or you could have older children fill them out to give them 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.