When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, he likely never imagined it would so completely change society. Educate your preschooler on the history of the telephone -- from the rotary dials to the wireless receivers. Who knows how much more the phone will evolve within your child’s lifetime? Pique her curiosity in the changing world of inventions through the pages of a book about the inventor of the telephone.
Monica Kulling captures a moment in time for her young readers in “Listen Up!: Alexander Graham Bell's Talking Machine.” Preschoolers can identify with the inventor as he prepares to take his machine to the World’s Fair in 1876. The illustrations by Richard Walz appeal to a young audience. In another book with full-color illustrations, author Justin Martin takes youngsters through a journey with “Aleck,” the boy who would grow up to become an inventor. “Easy Reader Biographies: Alexander Graham Bell: A Famous Inventor” provides an easy-reader introduction to the person behind the telephone invention.
Biographies with Photographs
“Alexander Graham Bell,” by Wil Mara, joins the ranks of the Rookie Biographies” series. Curious young readers will enjoy looking at the historical photographs depicting a lifestyle before the daily use of the telephone. Complete with an index and glossary, the book provides an informative reference for preschoolers. In the “First Biographies” series, “ Alexander Graham Bell,” by Lola M. Schaefer includes a historical timeline as a visual reference for her young audience. Author Greg Linder penned another biography entitled “Alexander Graham Bell: A Photoillustrated Biography.” Linder explores the other sides of Bell, discussing how he taught the deaf and experimented with a host of other inventions.
Books about Inventions
Preschoolers can compare Alexander Graham Bell with other inventors in a collection of famous innovators. “Eye Wonder: Invention,” by Caroline Bingham, takes curious readers through a history of inventions from the wheel to the rocket, with a section devoted to the telephone. Tour the pages of Wendy Madgwick’s “Inventions (Questions & Answers),” which divides inventions into categories. The full-color illustrations help to propel readers through the material, and the index gives a handy reference.
Science Experiment Books
David Glover, a former teacher and scientist, wrote “Young Discoverers: Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires” as a combination of educational material and hands-on experiments. He divides the history of electric inventions into concepts, providing an experiment to accompany each section. Within the pages of “Great Inventors: A Crafty Inventions Book,” by Gerry Bailey, readers discover the experiments that led to famous inventions. Children can then try the step-by-step kid-friendly science experiments that are accompanied by humorous illustrations.