When I read that August is National Inventors’ Month, right away two recent books about Thomas Edison came to my mind. Don Brown wrote a biography entitled A Wizard from the Start: The Incredible Boyhood & Amazing Inventions of Thomas Edison. I found this short read packed with information about Edison and particularly enjoyed the illustrations that accompanied the book. The author’s note and bibliography at the end added fascinating facts (including that Edison had 1,039 patents to his credit but an Illinois man beat him with 1,321 patents).
A fun fiction read connected to Edison is The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter. Could a kitten brought home by fifth grader Abbie’s father really be Tom Edison? Will Thomas Edison really get credit for inventing the electric light bulb or will someone else get the credit? Check out this novel to find the answer to these questions and see how Abbie is able to conceal her family’s magic powers from everyone else.