Benjamin Franklin, author of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, was born in 1706 and died in 1790 at the age of 84. He was an author, inventor, businessman, scholar, scientist, revolutionary, and statesman whose contributions to Philadelphia and the world are countless. His autobiography is considered a classic of American literature and covers his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly.

Robert Lawson, author of Ben and Me, was a writer and illustrator who won both the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal – two of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature. He illustrated such beloved classics as Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Ferdinand the Bull and wrote and illustrated Ben and Me and Mr. Revere and I. He was born in 1892 and died in 1957. The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia possesses Lawson’s original drawings for Ben and Me. They will be on display at the Central Library throughout the One Book calendar period.

James Srodes, author of Franklin: The Essential Founding Father, is an author, journalist, and broadcaster based in Washington, D.C. In addition to his book on Franklin, Mr. Srodes has also written biographies of Allen Dulles and John DeLorean. His book, Allen Dulles: Master of Spies won an award for "Best Intelligence Book" in 2000 from the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. On Franklin: The Essential Founding Father, Harper's Magazine commented that, "[Srodes'] gift to the familiar Franklin is an accessible style that will see readers to the last page."