Who is a Scientist? (Laura Gehl)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Who is a Scientist? by Laura Gehl, an awesome look at the diversity of the STEM fields and the people who work in them.

Introducing readers to fourteen real-life scientists from various fields of STEM (and all walks of life), little bookworms can look and learn about the people who work in science, what they do, and how they like to spend their free time. The subjects are men and women, young and old, a rainbow of skin tones, ethnicities, and religious dress, and a represent a ton of different interests, hobbies, and fields of study; readers are shown that anybody can be a scientist, including them!

Clever! Far from the stereotypical presentation of what being a scientist “looks like”, this short but sweet collection of scientists, from meteorologist to astronomer to agroecologist and more, are embodied by an incredibly diverse group of people, shown in photos both working and engaging in their off-hours hobbies. Allowing children to view scientists as real people who have many of the same hobbies and interests as they do while also giving them a taste of what their various disciplines entail allow kids from all backgrounds to view themselves as potential scientists as well, and show them that science isn’t always white coats and sterile labs (although sometimes it is, and that’s cool too!). Gehl does a great job of condensing each scientist and their passions into a quick and simple spread that gives readers a sense of the subjects without feeling overly detailed, and the name pronunciation guide in the back allows readers of all ages to educate themselves on how to properly pronounce every scientist’s name. The length was great for a quick read, and JJ enjoyed meeting fourteen new STEM role models. This is a clever way to get kids excited about science and pursuing careers in STEM, and we loved it. 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.)

Ada Twist, Scientist (Andrea Beaty)

Hello, everybody! Today, we read a fabulous book called Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, a fantastic story about a very curious little girl.

Ada Twist is so observant of the world around her, she does not utter a single word until she is three. And her first word? “Why?” Blessed with a curious, scientific mind, Ada performs experiments to help her answer all her questions about the world – sometimes to her family’s annoyance. Ultimately, however, they decide to think a bit more like Ada, and support her thirst for knowledge of the unknown.

This is another amazing book by Beaty, author of one of our all-time favorites: Rosie Revere, Engineer. Once again, it’s a story about a questioning and creative little mind (and a girl again, to boot!) whose love of STEM and interest in the scientific method is celebrated. Like Rosie, the rhyming text in this book is fun and flows well, and is complimented by adorable and intricate illustrations that bring the characters to life (for Rosie Revere fans, there is even an Easter egg or two). The length is fine for baby bookworms, JJ enjoyed it, and I will always love a good book that encourages young, critical minds, especially female ones, to pursue scientific endeavors. Baby Bookworm approved!