Want to encourage young readers to consider careers in STEM? Check this picture book collection of 14 mini-biographies, Who Is a Scientist? by Laura Gehl.
The layout of the book was a lovely surprise. On the first page is a photograph of a woman in a bright red skirt doing what looks like a flamenco dance in the middle of a field. No lab coats in sight! Readers soon learn that the featured woman is Isha M. Renta López, a meteorologist who also loves to dance and play volleyball. The next page shows her with a weather balloon and explains a bit about her job using short sentences and vocabulary appropriate for ages 4-9. Throughout the rest of the book, we find similar spreads with candid photographs of the featured person doing their hobby on the left and a professional one of them doing their job on the right.
The book features a diverse group of people, so young readers learn scientists can be any race or gender. Although they all call themselves “scientists”, a full range of STEM is represented, including a mathematician, engineers, and those in the computer technology field.
It also shows scientists have fun hobbies. The book helps youngsters relate to people in STEM fields and encourages them to give STEM a try.
As the last page says,
Who is a scientist?
One day…maybe you!
In the back is a QR code that links to a video of the scientists introducing themselves (see video below).
Who Is a Scientist? is perfect for children interested in learning more about STEM and scientists. Investigate a copy today!
Want to Learn More?
Visit Laura Gehl’s website to download a teaching guide.
Learn about the scientists featured in the book by watching this video:
For more children’s books about female scientists, check our growing list at Science Books for Kids.
Older children (middle grade) might enjoy books from the Scientists in the Field Series.
Reading age : 4 – 9 years
Publisher : Millbrook Press ™ (October 5, 2021)
ISBN-10 : 1728441080
ISBN-13 : 978-1728441085
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