I rarely give books 5 stars; especially wordless books. However, Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli and Mariachiara Di Giorgio is spectacular. I could read this book everyday for a year and find a new detail in the illustrations that would make me laugh out loud.
My first love were picture books; and it’s still my number one love when it comes to books. ML’s past sitting down, snuggling and reading picture books with me. However, I want her to appreciate picture books her whole life. Every once in awhile, one arrives I know she will love. Instead of insisting she read it. I lay it on the couch. Eventually, she picks it up and reads it.
I took a poll of friends on Facebook. “Who is the first scientist that pops in your head besides Einstein?” There were a variety of men named; but only two women. Marie Curie and Rosalind Franklin. My friend, Liz, who graduated from MIT response was Rosalind Franklin. (Liz’s daughter’s name is Rosalind.) I hadn’t heard of Rosalind Franklin. Luckily, she was included in the book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky.
I’m appalled; but not surprised by what I learned. “We should all know it was Rosalind Franklin who discovered the double helix structure of DNA, not James Watson and Francis Crick.” For too long female scientists’ contributions have been overlooked. Thankfully, publishers are taking notice. A variety of beautifully illustrated biographies about female scientists have been published in the past few years.
I INSIST YOU SHARE THESE WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND YOURSELF. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Katy Wu
Caroline’s Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Jessica Lanan
Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley and illustrated by Jessie Hartland
Marie Curie by Demi