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Science And Me

Authored by Ali Winter
Illustrated by Mickaël El Fathi
Published by Lantana Publishing

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Science And Me is inspired by the discoveries of Nobel Prize Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, and aims to introduce the reader to some inspirational men and women from the field from the past to the present day. This book is full of facts but written in a biographical style that narrates the important events within the lives of the people it focuses on.

There are a number of influential scientists mentioned who have challenged thinking, as well as allowing progress not only with technology and inventions but within society, too. For example, the book discusses Marie Curie who, to this day, is the only person to have won a Nobel Prize in two different fields. This means that alongside the obvious use of this book within science lessons, you can also use extracts to create cross-curricular links in sessions too.

Not only does it focus on names such as Curie’s that teachers and students might be more familiar with, but it also introduces us to people we might not have otherwise discovered. I found the short biography of Richard Willstätter particularly interesting; he is someone that I had not previously heard of and definitely have not read about in any other nonfiction books aimed at children.

Despite the sometimes high-level topics covered within the book, it is written in a way that is accessible to children and will allow them to build understanding. The illustrations are ‘inspired’ by the story, so are a little abstract and this may need to be explained to some younger year groups. This book would be suitable for KS2, though there will need to be support for some children in the lower years in this age range.

Overall, this is an interesting nonfiction narrative, which will help children not only explore the subject of science but also be inspired by it too.