Throughout his life, Benjamin Banneker was known and admired for his work in science, mathematics, and astronomy, just to name a few pursuits. Even his birth in Maryland in 1731 made him an extraordinary person for that time period: He was born free at a time in America when most African Americans were slaves. Though he only briefly attended school and was largely self-taught, at a young age Benjamin displayed a keen aptitude for mathematics and science. Inspired by a pocket watch he had seen, at the age of 22 he built a striking clock based on his own drawings and using a pocketknife. This picture book biography focuses on one episode in a remarkable life. - Sleeping Bear Press  



Interview by Karlin Gray, (author of Nadia, the Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still!)

Illustrated by:


David C. Gardner​


© 2014 photo by Shana Selway