Grade 3-5, K-2
On-Demand Webinar

Using Children’s Picture Books to Learn About African American Entrepreneurs and Inventors

Time: 60 mins,
Presenter: Lynne Stover


In this webinar teachers will:

  • Celebrate the achievements of African American inventors and entrepreneurs.
  • Explore the concept of the value of using children’s picture book biographies to teach the economic concepts of investing in human capital, entrepreneurship, costs & benefits, public goods, opportunity cost, and productive resources.
  • Consider the cross curricular possibilities of the topic as related to history, literature, and economics.
  • Review an annotated bibliography listing children’s books that contain economic concepts dealing with picture book biographies.
  • Address the National Economics Content Standards: Standard 1: Scarcity, Standard 2: Decision Making, Standard 14: Entrepreneurship

This video is available to view for EconEdLink members only.


This session celebrates Black History Month by using children’s picture book biographies to learn about enterprising inventors and entrepreneurs who used their talents and interests to create life-changing products. Augustus Jackson’s method of keeping ice cream frozen, Garrett Morgan’s life-saving traffic signal, and Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaker all have set an example of the benefits of investing in human capital. Webinar attendees will receive classroom-ready lessons and a topical bibliography. Support Materials: Featured Books: • George Crum and the Saratoga Chip • Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better • Saving the Day Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal • Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions.