by Jeri Ferris
In 1791 plans for the new capital city, Washington, D.C., were in the works, but someone was needed to help with the surveying. Thomas Jefferson recommended Benjamin Banneker for the job. Banneker was a free black man who lived at a time when black Americans had few, if any, rights. Yet he was an accomplished farmer, mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor. What Are You Figuring Now? is the story of a man who was never afraid to try something new, no matter how difficult.
Ages 8 to 11
This is one of my favorite books for all ages. This story of an almost unknown genius is a valuable historical highlight, but more important, it proves that anything can be accomplished with enough determination and creativity.