Andrea Beaty, author of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist, recommends books to help inspire young readers to explore the world.
When I was a kid, I loved making things, exploring the fields, collecting butterflies and bugs. I sat for hours by the little creek at the edge of town watching tadpoles in the shallows. I loved science and looked things up in our set of encyclopedias. We were missing the J-K volume, but that was okay since I never found any kangaroos in my southern Illinois farm town. I loved the encyclopedias and the science magazines at the library, but I wish I had the kind of picture books that are now published to help me really appreciate the power and beauty of science and the amazing people through history who have taught us so much.
There are so many great picture books to help kids learn about the universe that I can’t begin to list them all. But here are a few of the ones I love to recommend:
- Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford
- The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman
- Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
- On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne
And because scientists are creative and must know how to fail well and be persistent, I love these books.
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
- What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
- This is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Andrea Beaty is the author of Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist
As a kid, she spent her days being a detective, world explorer, movie star, and spy. Now, as a children’s author, she spends her days pretty much the same way! She lives in the Chicago area.
You can visit her online at andreabeaty.com.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts is out now in hardback (Abrams Young Readers)
Find out more at http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.
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