Science People: A Celebration of Our Diverse People of Science (People)

by David Lee Csicsko (Author) David Lee Csicsko (Illustrator)

Science People: A Celebration of Our Diverse People of Science (People)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: People

Science is for everyone! Science People celebrates the diversity of the scientific community around the world. Meet more than 50 trailblazers in botany, biology, physics, engineering, mathematics, and a host of other STEM fields.

Bold, whimsical illustrations by David Lee Csicsko (The Skin You Live In) along with concise, engaging bios celebrate a diverse group of scientists, from around the world and all eras of history. Classic figures like Galileo and Marie Curie are included alongside scientists and activists working in the field right now - like geneticists (and Nobel Prize winners) Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, or Phillip Alviola, a bat virologist from the Philippines on the cutting edge of coronavirus research.

From astronomers to zoologists, Science People highlights explorers in a wide range of fields - representing a multicultural mix of genders, races, and nationalities, in walks of life - showing that science is for everyone. It will inspire readers young and old to ask their own questions about the world around them.

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-6--A beautifully illustrated, well-written, and chronologically organized anthology that starts with Hypatia and ends with Greta Thunberg. Sinclair writes in a clear, accessible style as she explains what makes particular people in science so important. While she showcases individuals in science, there are interesting moments when collaborations are presented: Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna; Katia and Maurice Kraft; and the Star Mapping Vatican Nuns. The inclusion of collaborative work models for young readers that working together is just as valid and important as working independently. There is a glossary at the back, as well as a foreword from Chevy Humphrey, the president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Csicsko's illustrations lend a cool, lively vibe, featuring playful colors of people in portraiture. VERDICT For libraries looking to add to their STEAM collections, this volume is an engaging read.--Jessica Schriver

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"Packed with [Csicsko's] lively portraits of both famous and overlooked figures, [LGBTQ] Icons and Science People] celebrate diversity, smarts, and creativity." - Chicago Magazine

David Lee Csicsko

David Lee Csicsko is an award-winning artist and designer whose distinctive artwork, stained glass, and mosaics beautify train stations, hospitals, churches and universities across the Midwest and East Coast. His many credits include designing the Obamas' White House Christmas in 2012. David's lively illustrations can also be seen in The Skin You Live In from the Chicago Children's Museum, now in its 16th printing. Through his use of color, bold graphics and playful patterns, David Lee Csicsko celebrates the richness and diversity of life.

Queer author, activist, and grassroots historian Owen Keehnen has written several fiction and nonfiction books and has been published in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide. He is a co-founder of The Legacy Project, a Chicago-based LGBTQ history, arts, and education organization. Owen was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame for his dedication to fostering LGBTQ culture and preserving its past.

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Trope Publishing Co.
Publication date
November 20, 2022
BISAC categories
BIO015000 - Biography & Autobiography | Scientists | General
ART023000 - Art | Popular Culture | General
SCI060000 - Science | Reference
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