What Will I Discover?

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Author) Rachel Qiuqi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Kids 3 to 6 will be inspired to ask their own big questions after reading about the mysteries that scientists have yet to discover.

This celebration of curiosity is an excellent resource for fostering an interest in STEM.

Sometimes, it seems as if scientists know everything about the world. They’ve recorded the songs of humpback whales, dug up the bones of dinosaurs, and even tracked the storms of Jupiter. But the young scientist in this charming picture book knows there’s so much more to explore, like the answers to questions such as:

  • Do different trees speak different languages to one another through their tangled rainforest roots?
  • Do faraway suns have planets like ours, with air and oceans and land?
  • How do ideas pop into our heads, and where do our questions come from?


What Will I Discover? is an inspiring exploration of curiosity and scientific discovery―and all the great mysteries just waiting for an answer.

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Kirkus Reviews

Celebrating intellectual curiosity, this book invites young readers to quest for answers.


Science begins with questions, and this thought-provoking STEAM title offers an invitation to dream and discover.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--This concept book about scientific inquiry falls short. The musing, daydream quality of the first half never quite comes together with the second half. A very young fair-skinned child states 10 science-based facts about the physical world, covering animals, climate, plants, prehistory, and space. In the second half of the book, this same child posits their own questions they believe no one has yet to answer. The questions mirror the general categories of the first half. The story ends with the child falling asleep declaring their nightly question: "What will I discover?" Very young scientists might find the book's questions compelling. Other children may not be so intrigued about such topics as "How do trees learn to talk to one another?" The illustrations complement the gentle text with rich colors and details. The child appears as an observer in many of them. The book ends with a challenge to find 10 pictures throughout the pages with little connection to scientific inquiry. STEAM is briefly explained with a final call for curious children to help answer more scientific questions. VERDICT A narrow audience might enjoy this call to scientific curiosity.--Elisabeth LeBris

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. She's curious about everything from penguins to popcorn, and she has more questions about the world than any scientist could answer. Tanya's most recent books include Our Green City, Better Connected (written with her daughter, Julia Kyi), and The Best Way to Get Your Way. Tanya teaches for the University of British Columbia's School of Creative Writing.

Rachel Qiuqi is an illustrator and author passionate about storytelling for children. She started drawing when she was little and has been drawing with the same naïveté to this day. Her delightful work is not only inspiring for kids, but also grown-ups too.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Greystone Kids
Publication date
May 09, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV006000 - Juvenile Fiction | Business, Careers, Occupations
Library of Congress categories

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