Baby Loves Quarks! (Ruth Spiro)

Hello, friends! Today’s book is Baby Loves Quarks!, written by Ruth Spiro and illustrated by Irene Chan, an adorable and informative board book for budding scientists.

Part of Spiro and Chan’s Baby Loves Science series, this short yet wonderfully educational board book begins with a baby building a tower of blocks. The books informs us that nature likes to build things as well, and where the Baby uses blocks to build, nature uses quarks – subatomic particles that create the building blocks of all matter on Earth. With brightly-colored illustrations, it walks Baby through the different particles of matter, from quarks to protons and neutrons to molecules to atoms. Scientists like to smash atoms together to learn more about them, and Baby thinks this is a great idea – block towers are fun to smash, too!

We bought this book a while back on a whim, and I’m so glad we did! This is a fun, clever, and very age-appropriate way to introduce little ones to scientific concepts. Vivid and joyful art pairs perfectly with simple, straightforward text to introduce each particle in a way that even the littlest bookworm can grasp (indeed, when I pointed out the quarks to JJ today, she was able to continue to identify them whenever they appeared in the book). The length is such that even tiny babies can easily sit through a reading, and JJ and I enjoy this one every time. The whole series is fantastic, and you should absolutely check it out. A great way to introduce little ones early to STEM concepts, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

Ada Twist, Scientist (Andrea Beaty)

Hello, everybody! Today, we read a fabulous book called Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, a fantastic story about a very curious little girl.

Ada Twist is so observant of the world around her, she does not utter a single word until she is three. And her first word? “Why?” Blessed with a curious, scientific mind, Ada performs experiments to help her answer all her questions about the world – sometimes to her family’s annoyance. Ultimately, however, they decide to think a bit more like Ada, and support her thirst for knowledge of the unknown.

This is another amazing book by Beaty, author of one of our all-time favorites: Rosie Revere, Engineer. Once again, it’s a story about a questioning and creative little mind (and a girl again, to boot!) whose love of STEM and interest in the scientific method is celebrated. Like Rosie, the rhyming text in this book is fun and flows well, and is complimented by adorable and intricate illustrations that bring the characters to life (for Rosie Revere fans, there is even an Easter egg or two). The length is fine for baby bookworms, JJ enjoyed it, and I will always love a good book that encourages young, critical minds, especially female ones, to pursue scientific endeavors. Baby Bookworm approved!