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Picture Book Biography in Science and Technology Field


The Holiday Season is now here! Besides the regular exciting activities of the holidays, you and your kids might want to spend some quiet time together reading some interesting picture book biographies.

The books listed here celebrate the life and times of some great scientists and creative individuals. Some are very well known, such as the great scientist Albert Einstein, whose famous equation E=mc2 was discovered 100 years ago; or pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall, famous for her study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. 

Others may be less familiar, such as Ibn Sina, better known in the west as Avicenna, who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age, or Henrietta Leavitt, an astronomer whose discoveries led to accurate measurements of the distance between the Earth and faraway galaxies.

All of these books are full of joy and wonder and are beautifully illustrated. They are really hidden gems in our collection.

We hope those role models will inspire learning and spark curiosity in your kids about science and technology for the coming new year and beyond.  

The above list is only a small corner of our amazing picture book biographies; there are plenty more to explore.

If you’re interested in the life of Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson, you can listen to OPL's Ann Archer talk on the book Oscar Lives Next Door, a story inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood. Her talk was aired on CBC's All in a Day last  Monday, with host Alan Neal.

Podcast: CBC All in a Day Book Panel

You can also click on the following links to learn more about other famous people from different fields.

Enjoy your reading and happy holiday season! 

Image: The Boy Who Loved Math

The Boy Who Loved Math

The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös
By Heiligman, Deborah
Image: Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
By Stone, Tanya Lee
Image: Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

By Davis, Kathryn Gibbs
Image: On A Beam of Light

On A Beam of Light

A Story of Albert Einstein
By Berne, Jennifer
Image: Me-- Jane

Me-- Jane

By McDonnell, Patrick
Image: Look Up!

Look Up!

Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer
By Burleigh, Robert
Image: Ben Franklin's Big Splash

Ben Franklin's Big Splash

The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
By Rosenstock, Barb
Image: A Boy and A Jaguar

A Boy and A Jaguar

By Rabinowitz, Alan
Image: Star Stuff

Star Stuff

Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
By Sisson, Stéphanie Roth
Image: Life in the Ocean

Life in the Ocean

The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
By Nivola, Claire A.