We are featuring another recent book about female scientists today: No Boundaries: 25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice by two National Geographic Explorers, Clare Fieseler and Gabby Salazar.
The idea for this book came out of an observation by Clare Fiesler. When she was reading a 2013 edition of National Geographic, she noticed only 10% of the scientists quoted throughout were women. Looking through more editions, the average was about 19% women. To rectify this imbalance, she and Gabby Salazar started a documentary about female explorers, which grew into this book.
The authors gathered an amazing group of women to highlight. They have included diverse women working on a wide range of projects from all around the world, from Linguistic Anthropologist Sandhya Narayanan to Volcanologist Stephanie Grocke. Inspiring!
I opened the book first to Danielle N. Lee’s section. Dr. Lee is a fantastic science communicator (I’ve followed her on social media since she was in graduate school.) She’s a mammologist who studies rodents, from local field mice to giant pouched rats in Tanzania (so cool!). In this book, I loved reading about how she discovered science as a career. I also applaud her advice about securing enough funding to cover a college education before starting.
As you would expect from any book by National Geographic, the illustrations are eye-popping full color photographs. Even better, we learn about how Visual Storyteller Hannah Reyes Morales and Conservation Photographer Jenny Adler capture some of those amazing images.
No Boundries is perfect to help girls (and boys, too) evaluate potential careers. Discovering what careers are possible and how women achieved their goals is a absolute treasure. Explore a copy today!
Check out the interview with the authors at Science Friday:
Check our growing list of children’s books about women scientists at Science Books for Kids.
Grade level : 5 – 9
Publisher : National Geographic Kids (February 1, 2022)
ISBN-10 : 1426371764
ISBN-13 : 978-1426371769
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