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For Science! True Stories of Discovery for Children

Posted 2 months ago by Erin P

Anyone can be a scientist. All it takes is asking a question and looking for an answer. If you ever wondered “how does that work?” or “why does that happen?” then these interesting true stories are for you.

Nonfiction Picture Books for Kids

Shark lady : the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean's most fearless scientist / written by Jess Keating ; illustrations by Marta Alvarez Miguens
The vast wonder of the world : biologist Ernest Everett Just / Mélina Mangal ; illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Grace Hopper : queen of computer code / written by Laurie Wallmark ; illustrated by Katy Wu
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer
Path to the stars : my journey from Girl Scout to rocket scientist / Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Chronicles the life and career of Eugenie Clark, an icthyologist who overcame many obstacles to study and dispel myths about sharks, the creatures she loved so much.

The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Mangal

Presents the life and accomplishments of the African American scientist, whose keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life. Also available in eBook from hoopla.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Reveals how a woman with a passion for math and science revolutionized computer coding, defying conventions and difficult challenges along the way.

Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong's Work for Sustainable Farming by Sigrid Schmalzer

"Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean" tells its story through the memories of a farm boy who, inspired by Pu Zhelong, became a scientist himself.

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo

The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
The girl who thought in pictures : the story of Dr. Temple Grandin / written by Julia Finley Mosca ; illustrated by Daniel Rieley
Newton's rainbow : the revolutionary discoveries of a young scientist / Kathryn Lasky ; pictures by Kevin Hawkes
Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully
The science of baseball with Max Axiom, super scientist / by David Drier ; illustrated by Maurizio Campidelli

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez

Through lively text and vibrant illustrations, a scientist writer brings to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination as a pioneering female scientist who loved reptiles.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

Describes the life and accomplishments of the animal scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities, from her early life and autism diagnosis through her journey to become a livestock expert.

Newton's Rainbow: The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist by Kathryn Lasky

A picture-book biography of young Isaac Newton, who "discovered" gravity, developed calculus, and uncovered the secrets of light and color

Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully

Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and the first woman to be paid as a scientist.

The Science of Baseball with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by David Drier

A blazing fastball. A blasting hit. An amazing catch at the fence! What's behind it all? Science! Let Max Axiom, Super Scientist, explain the science behind a curveball, the fastest way to run the bases, and much, much more.


Featured Image Credit: Collage created using the collage maker on the Be Funky website. The image to the left of the picture book covers is by M W from Pixabay.

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