Category: science-y stuff

Kids STEM picture books

Yes, we like our own book, but there are others out there to consider! Here are a few that have come onto my radar lately…

My Mommy is an Engineer

Kerrine Bryan published her children’s book after she got fed up wth gender stereo types in careers portrayed to kids. She commented that she fell into engineering by chance, but now is an ambassador and speaks to students about it:

I found that there was a negative perception, particularly by women, of what engineering involved, which often changed once I spoke to them.

I felt that if we could change the perception of certain careers from a young age then this could have an impact on study / career choices later in life. Gender bias also starts at a young age. Many existing children’s books only cover a small range of careers such as doctors, nurses, firemen or train drivers, and sadly often with gender bias. By exposing them to a wider range of options with our books, I felt that this could help with future skills gap and gender bias issues.



The Story of Space

The Guardian highlights a book about space:

From  the oceans to the cosmos: The Story of Space (Frances Lincoln) by Catherine Barr and Steve Williams is boosted into orbit by Amy Husband’s illustrations, ably straddling the divide between humour and wonder.

Space book


The Baby Biochemist: DNA

Meanwhile Margot Alesund earned her PhD in biochemistry and worked as a bench scientist in industry, but after her daughter was born she took a career break. She realized many basic models in her field were easily illustrated and explained to kids, so “The Baby Biochemist” series was born!


Tumble, a science podcast for kids

tumble-podcast-logoI learned about Tumble on the news of the podcast earning a place on the list of iTunes best podcasts for 2016. Check out Tumble here:

The news article, in Broadway World, of all places, gives this description:

Tumble explores the stories behind science discovery, starting with kids’ own questions. Often called “Radiolab for kids” by reviewers and listeners, the podcast inspires children to get curious and instill a love of science through storytelling. The show is hosted by Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla, a married team of a science journalist and a middle school music teacher, and produced with Sara Robberson Lentz, a science writer. Tumble is targeted for ages 6 – 12, but is made for all ages to learn something new in each show.

How sunflowers turn their heads


Sunflowers; Marcel Sigg 2013

I saw a news item over the summer that stayed with me, and now that it’s getting colder here in England, just looking at sunflowers is warming. It turns out sunflowers are able to follow the sun because they grow ‘unevenly.’ During the day one side of the stem grows, and then during the night the other side grows. See the article from University of California Davis: