Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars, by David Stabler and illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Synopsis: With the best elements of KID PRESIDENTS, KID ATHLETES, KID ARTISTS, and KID AUTHORS–colorful illustrations, kid-relatable subjects, and real stories of childhood conflict, comedy, and triumph–KID SCIENTISTS tells true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of the world’s most brilliant scientists before they were famous. Did you know:

  • Jane Goodall, who would become the world’s foremost expect on chimpanzees, had a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubliee as a child. She loved animals so much that she was constantly bringing them inside–including worms and snails–much to her mother’s horror!
  • Although he would one day become a brilliant theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking hated school as a child, and spent his free time assembling model airplanes, inventing board games, and even building his own computer.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who became a famous astrophysicist, ran a dog-walking business after school to save up money for a telescope, which he used to observe the skies from the roof of his family’s apartment building.

The diverse and inclusive cast ranges from physicists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Marie Curie, and Stephen Hawking to inventors like Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Nikola Tesla, and includes astronaut Sally Ride, mathematician Katherine Johnson (of Hidden Figures fame), primatologist Jane Goodall, and many more, making it a perfect addition to libraries, classrooms, and kids’ home collections alike. With Anoosha Syed’s whimsical illustrations bringing every caper, scrape, and sticky situation to life, this book is a fun and approachable introduction to the giants of the scientific world.

Published: October 2018 | ISBN: 978-1683690740 | Ages: 9-12 years

Mini-bio: David Stabler is the author of Kid Presidents (Quirk, 2014), Kid Athletes (Quirk, 2015), Kid Artists (Quirk, 2016), and Kid Authors (Quirk, 2017), David Stabler is the kid-friendly alter ego of Robert Schnakenberg, a senior copywriter at Random House. – Quirk Books

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Hardcover Edition: Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends)
Kindle Edition: Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends Book 5)


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