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Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends) Hardcover – October 9, 2018
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From the Publisher
Before they were famous, they were kids, struggling with regular-kid problems like bullies, homework, and arguments with their siblings.
Inspiring anecdotes and playful illustrations reveal the relatable childhood escapades of celebrated presidents, great athletes, groundbreaking scientists, and other future legends.
What Critics (And Kids!) Are Saying
A finalist for the 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
“For your budding astrophysicist, inventor, doctor, environmentalist, or mathematician, Kid Scientists will open her eyes with mini-bios of interesting and accomplished people.”— Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez
“This book is a great way to encourage kids who already love science to pursue their interests as well as to show kids who are not motivated by traditional schooling that there are many paths to greatness.”—American Scientist Magazine
“Most children should enjoy reading it, without noticing how much they are learning, as they internalize the idea that they, too, can grow up to be scientists.”—Science
“Portraits of 16 bright lights in the scientific firmament, with particular focus on some of their lesser-known quirks and achievements...Worthy role models all.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Lively and informative.”—Booklist
“A funny and inspiring book for children and adults.”—New York Journal of Books
“Kid Scientists is filled with cute illustrations. . . [and] mini-biographies that are interesting, funny, and, most importantly, relevant to kids today.”—Geek Dad
“I can think of no better way to convey to children that their heroes were once just like them.”—Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star
Praise for Kid Authors:
“Lively glimpses of formative moments and budding talents.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A fun and useful addition, especially for aspiring writers and class projects.”—School Library Journal, Paige Rowse, Needham High School, MA
“This is an ideal gift for aspiring young writers who may need proof that even the most famous authors had to start somewhere.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers
Praise for Kid Presidents:
“Just like history class, only hilarious.”—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever
“With cartoonish illustrations that will attract fans of Jeff Kinney’s The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rachel Renée Russell’s The Dork Diaries, this informative offering leaves no presidential childhood rock unturned.”—School Library Journal
“Caricatures by Horner are whimsical and funny, a good match for a book that demonstrates that every president started life as a goofy, regular kid.”—Booklist
Praise for Kid Artists:
“For budding artists, here’s a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Memorably weird childhood moments—Jackson Pollock accidentally had part of a finger chopped off and then eaten by a rooster—are likely to stick with readers, as will Horner’s impish cartoons.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Kid Athletes:
“Outstanding...Inspiring and entertaining, Kid Athletes isn't just for sports fans.”—Booklist, starred review
“Even if you don’t exactly love sports, this book only says a little bit about them in the actual sport, so go out and get this book because it will teach you a lot and you will enjoy it immensely.”—Kidsday reporters, Newsday
“Perfect for the adolescent set, these inspiring stories mix fun and non-fiction.”—Geeks of Doom
About the Author
Anoosha Syed is an illustrator and character designer for animation. She lives in Toronto.
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There is a a lot of diversity among the scientists-- In area of study, time period, and ethnic background. Probably an equal number of men and women and the women are celebrated for real discoveries, not simply for being "the first woman to...." (A pet peave of mine in most books of this type)
There is a lot of discussion of the challenges the people had to go through. Areas they struggled with in school, special needs, personality quirks, etc.
A fascinating and inspiring book. I highly recommend.