Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison

Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison

Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison
National Geographic Children’s Books, September 2002
ISBN 978-0792267218 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0792259343 (paperback)

Thomas Alva Edison never stopped doing. He was granted 1,093 patents for his inventions–more than any inventor ever. He filled more than 3,000 notebooks with ideas and sketches. He invented the first practical light bulb, the phonograph, and the kinetoscope. In so doing, he created the foundation for the modern power grid, the recording industry, and the motion picture industry. Tireless Tom Edison invented the future.

Combining lively text, rare period photographs, and Edison’s own words, Delano paints a memorable portrait of this prolific American genius. The foreword by Edison’s great-grandson adds a personal note to this exciting American success story that will spark kids’ interest in science and inspire a new generation of inventors.

  • American Library Association Notable Book
  • James Madison Book Award Honor Book
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children (NSTA/CBC)
  • otable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (NCSS/CBC)
  • National Parenting Publications Silver Honor Award