DREAM BIG, LITTLE SCIENTISTS
A Bedtime Book
By: Michelle Schaub
Illustrated by: Alice Potter
Published: February 18, 2020
Future doctors, meteorologists, botanists, geologists, and many other science dreamers are all getting ready for bed. Each one of these children is in bedrooms all over the world. Their bedrooms are places where they dream and learn all about their favorite branch of science.
Rather than having a celebrity on their bedroom wall, they have pictures of Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, or George Washington Carver hung up next to periodic tables or stacks of books. There are children of different races, cultures, and abilities from all over the world featured on the pages and show their excitement about learning.
The writing is poetic and lyrical with metaphors and descriptions that don’t overwhelm the reader. The illustrations fill the page, with many details for kids to find in each child’s bedroom.
“The sun has tucked itself in bed; the moon is on the rise. Under rumpled mountain quilts, the earth is snuggled tight.”Michelle Schaub – Dream Big, Little Scientists
Even though this book is written for kids likely too young to think about their futures, it never hurts to continue to fill their brains with dreams of becoming whatever they want to be. Plus, children naturally like seeing books about other kids doing things that they do like getting ready for bed and playing in the park. Kids that like dinosaurs will notice the girl in the book who also likes dinosaurs or the boy who likes animals.
The end of the book includes a box on each of the sciences featured in the book. Each box offers a description of that science and what scientists look for with a challenge for your child to think or look for something.
A bedtime story that also teaches and encourages a love of science is a win for all kids.
Michelle Schaub is the author of several children’s books and poems. she lives near Chicago where she loves to dream big. For more, check out her website, HERE, that also includes educator resources.
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