Hello, friends! Our book today is Dream Big, Little Scientists: A Bedtime Book, written by Michelle Schaub and illustrated by Alice Potter, a fun nighttime nursery rhyme for aspiring intellectuals.
It’s bedtime, and a neighborhood of young critical thinkers are ready to turn off their brains for the night. As they cozy into their beds, the gentle rhyming text alludes to each child’s preferred field of scientific study: “Oceans rock the world to sleep,” in the bedroom of a budding oceanographer; “[…] the earth is snuggled tight,” as a young geologist reads a bedtime story. And once little astronomers, botanists, physiologists, and paleontologists are slumbering peacefully, the narration promises that tomorrow will bring another day of observation, exploration, and learning.
Fabulous. As a sweet bedtime celebration of different fields of scientific study, this is already a gem. The subtle text playfully hints at eleven fields (each represented by a different child and their bedroom) without naming them outright; wonderfully detailed illustrations provide more context on themed bedspreads, pajamas, book spines, and posters. Best of all, the creators take things a step further by filling the book with a wonderfully diverse cast of characters: individuals have glasses, a hearing aid, a wheelchair, and the entire group is a rainbow of skintones. This is expanded in the posters of scientists on the children’s walls, spotlighting diverse minds such as Mary Anning, Takie Lebra, Wangari Maathai, and George Washington Carver. The artwork is sublimely cute yet cleverly detailed, and each room has lots of Easter eggs to explore. Backmatter features descriptions of the scientific fields (the scientists themselves are not introduced, though the address for a website with bios is provided for curious readers). The length was prefect for a bedtime read, and JJ and I both loved it. A wonderful addition to any young science-lover’s shelf, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the author in exchange for an honest review.)