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About Isabel Thomas
Isabel is an award-winning science writer and the author of more than 200 books about science and nature for young audiences. Her critically-acclaimed picture books Moth: An Evolution Story and Fox: A Circle of Life Story, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus, are both winners of the AAAS Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books, 2020 and 2023. Isabel also writes features for children’s science magazines The Week Junior Science+Nature and Whizz Pop Bang, and collaborates on outreach projects.
Isabel grew up in a low income, single-parent family and attended five different state schools before studying Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. She has devoted her career to inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers, including a research degree at the University of Cambridge exploring science education.
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A fascinating welcome to the wonderful world of insects' - LoveReading4Kids
'Fun, inspiring, and well researched.' - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
A beautifull illustrated tour of some of the world's most fascinating insects, perfect for readers 8+.
Did you know that without insects, humankind could not survive? This illustrated, fact-filled title explores the huge variety of insects, with a focus on what makes an insect an insect, the differences between the groups, and why insects are the most important animal group on Earth.
Broken down into sections exploring each of the main types of insect, each section takes a different, playfully visual approach to really capture the character of the insects in the order being explored. As well as including practical advice for observing insects safely, a section at the back of the book describes ways to help insects and encourage them into a garden no matter how small.
"Top-notch nonfiction from a profoundly accomplished author, it's the sort of book that could ignite lifelong scientific curiosity." Guardian
"The perfect present for any inquisitive child." The Sunday Times
Why are bubbles always round? Could I ever touch a rainbow? Why can't I remember being a baby?
Have you ever not been able to concentrate because there are SO many questions buzzing round your brain? The Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions will offer answers to the most bamboozling questions and curious queries that you can think of.
How many stars are in the night sky? Why don't animals wear clothes? Do plants have feelings? This book will define, debunk and demystify the trickiest of questions and even open your eyes to questions you have never even thought of!
With engaging and accessible text and accompanied by exciting, inviting illustrations, The Bedtime Book of Impossible Questions is the perfect bedside companion to delve into when you are wondering if there really is an answer to everything.
Did you know that the number of microorganisms in your body outnumber your own cells by 10 to 1? Or that every second, your body produces around 25 million new cells? Or that a human being has fewer chromosomes than, wait for it… a pineapple!
30 Trillion Cells provides a detailed look at the topic of the human body, covering of the body's major systems and organs, as well as looking at the cellular level and at the genetics that play a part in making us who we are. Readers will also explore the human body as a microbiome, discovering the trillions of 'good' microbes that live on and within us, doing their bit to keep us healthy. Features expansive, artistic illustration that is as beautiful to look at as it is educational.
In the frost-covered forest of early spring, fox is on a mission to find food for her three cubs. As they grow, she teaches them how to survive in the wild. Until one day, fox dies. Her body goes back to earth and grass and air, nourishing the world around her and bringing the forest to life. Death is not just an end, it's also a beginning.
With gorgeous illustrations and lyrical, kid-friendly text, Fox: A Circle of Life Story answers the big scientific question: What happens when animals die?
Winner of the 2023 AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books!
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2021
A Booklist Editors' Choice Pick
Meet the people who changed the world of science and technology, biology, chemistry and physics!
Read the stories of the brainiest people who ever lived and the scientific discoveries they made. Each page illustrates a famous scientist's life and what made their contribution to this fascinating field so important.
Scientists is an exciting book perfect for children ages 7-9 years. Inside you will find:
- Stories of more than 50 scientists like Isaac Newton, both famous and lesser-known.
- Comprehensive coverage of the most important scientific advancements of all time.
- Stories of scientists from all over the world specializing in different areas of science.
- Information inline with the STEAM and STREAM school curriculums.
Introduce children to titans of science!
The biggest scientific breakthroughs in history have something in common: super smart people who kept looking for the answers to some of the world's most interesting questions! The pages of this science book are filled with the stories of famous scientists like physicists Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking, biologist Marie Curie, paleontologist Mary Anning, and lesser-known trailblazers like Chika Kuroda, who became Japan's first female Bachelor of Science.
Filled with great detail and following a storytelling format, this is a thrilling book that will capture the imagination of young children and encourage them to explore the world of science. Beautiful descriptions of the scientists' lives are brought to life through stunning watercolor illustrations, and fantastic photography highlights the detail of their discoveries.
Discover more stories!
Follow the stories of some of the greatest people the world has ever known. DK's Scientist, Explorers, and Inventors captures the genius of people who have changed history, answered important questions and made our lives easier.
Did you know that everything you touch has been designed? Your toys, your clothes, your scooter . . . and this book!
A design can be as small as a toothbrush . . . or as BIG as a skyscraper. Every design starts in someone's imagination - an imagination just like yours.
Travel through one day and discover how the world around you has been designed - even though we don't always realise it! Question HOW everyday items have been designed, and WHY they look the way they do. Guaranteed to make you see the world a little differently, pick up your pens and imagine your own designs.
What will you design?
With facts and questions to inspire all budding designers and get creative minds whirring - and featuring iconic designs from the experts at the V&A Museum.
“A rare pleasure … a true story of adaptation and hope.” -Wall Street Journal
Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.
“This is a story of light and dark…”
Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change...
Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive?
A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.
A 2020 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist!
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2019!
A Horn Book Best Book of 2019!
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2019!
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