The Leaf Detective

By Heather Lang, Jana Christy (illustrator),

Book cover of The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest

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NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book
John Burroughs Association Riverby Award
Honorable Mention, Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

This picture book biography tells the story of Meg Lowman, a groundbreaking female scientist called a "real life Lorax" by National Geographic, who was determined to investigate the marvelous, undiscovered world of the…

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2 authors picked The Leaf Detective as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I picked this book because it’s a great reminder that plants are wildlife, too—and they’re as important and as endangered as animals! It’s also a truly fascinating story of the woman who figured out how to study the rainforest canopy, a hundred feet in the air! I love how this book tells one woman’s inspiring story while at the same time inspiring kids to care and learn more about the much-needed flora on our planet.

From Meeg's list on nonfiction on helping wildlife.

I always loved science as a kid. I also loved it when people doubted what I said I could do. It just made me buckle down and try harder! No surprise then that I found “Canopy Meg” to be just my kind of girl. As Lang tells us (often in her subject’s own words), Meg Lowman didn’t let obstacles stop her from her dream of exploring and documenting discoveries in the rain forest canopy. Lowman’s work led to the creation of an important branch of environmental research and helped others see the importance of protecting the rainforest. Jana Christy’s illustrations…

From Aimee's list on brave and extraordinary women.

Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down!: The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

By Carrie A. Pearson, Nancy Carpenter (illustrator),

Book cover of Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down!: The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

Carrie A. Pearson

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What is my book about?

A delightful and distinctive picture book biography about Dr. Virginia Apgar, who invented the standard, eponymous test for evaluating newborn health used worldwide thousands of times every day.

You might know about the Apgar Score. But do you know the brilliant, pioneering woman who invented it? Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Virginia Apgar soared above what girls were expected to do―or not do. Ginny adored science, hated cooking, drove fast, made her own violins, earned a pilot’s license, and traveled the world. Here, Carrie Pearson’s jaunty storytelling and Nancy Carpenter’s playful illustrations capture the energy and independence of a woman who didn’t slow down for anything―and changed newborn care forever.

Virginia Wouldn't Slow Down!: The Unstoppable Dr. Apgar and Her Life-Saving Invention

By Carrie A. Pearson, Nancy Carpenter (illustrator),

What is this book about?

The Apgar Score is known the world over: a test given to babies to determine their health moments after they are born. Less well-known is the story of the brilliant, pioneering woman who invented it.

Born at the turn of the twentieth century, Virginia "Ginny" Apgar soared above what girls were expected to do-or not do. She wasn't quiet, she wore all sorts of outfits, she played the sports she wanted to-and she pursued the career she chose, graduating near the top of her class at Columbia University and becoming only the second board-certified female anaesthesiologist in the United States.…


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