Dream Big, Little Scientists: A Bedtime Book by Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Alice Potter

81sGCaKHCOL._AC_UY218_ML3_Dream Big, Little Scientists by Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Alice Potter. Charlesbridge, 2020. 9781580899345

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Realistic picture book

What did you like about the book? Brightly colored digital art with hand lettered text takes the reader on a bedtime tour of twelve budding child scientists. Each child loves a different scientific discipline, and it’s engaging to examine all of the items and posters in their rooms, providing lots of ideas on which to engage a child at bedtime. Each page opening shows a different one: astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology, botany, ecology, physics, paleontology, anthropology, physiology and chemistry, and the little scientists are represented by various genders, races and abilities – there is a kid in a wheelchair and one wearing a hearing aid. Soothing bedtime words don’t detract from the fun of occupational items to search and find. At the end, a chart explains in more detail what each discipline entails, and there is even a website on which to learn about the historical figures on each child’s bedroom wall. A completely lovely book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 2-6, and it probably works better as a lap read.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date: April 9, 2020

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