From the author who brought young readers Kid Athletes, Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Authors comes Kid Scientists, a lively look into the childhoods of the world's most brilliant scientists.

With the best elements of Kid Presidents, Kid Athletes, Kid Artists, and Kid Authors — colorful illustrations, kid-relatable subjects, and real stories of childhood conflict, comedy, and triumph — Kid Scientists tells true tales from the childhoods of a wide range of the world's most brilliant scientists before they were famous. Did you know:

  • Jane Goodall, who would become the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, had a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as a child. She loved animals so much that she was constantly bringing them inside — including worms and snails — much to her mother's horror!
  • Although he would one day become a brilliant physicist, Stephen Hawking hated school as a child, and spent his free time assembling model airplanes, inventing board games, and even building his own computer.
  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who became a famous astrophysicist, ran a dog-walking business after school to save up money for a telescope, which he used to observe the skies from the roof of his family's apartment building.

The diverse and inclusive cast ranges from physicists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Marie Curie, and Stephen Hawking to inventors like Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Nikola Tesla, and includes astronaut Sally Ride, mathematician Katerine Johnson (of Hidden Figures fame), primatologist Jane Goodall, and many more, making it a perfect addition to libraries, classrooms, and kids' home collections alike. With Anoosha Syed's whimsical illustrations bringing every caper, scrape, and sticky situation to life, this book is a fun and approachable introduction to the giants of the scientific world.

About the authors:

David Stabler is the kid-friendly alter ego of Robert Schnakenberg, a senior copywriter at Random House. Schnakenberg has written several books of pop history, including Secret Lives of Great Authors (Quirk, 2007), Secret Lives of the Supreme Court (Quirk, 2008), and Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults. His work has also appeared in The American Writer and Real People and online at Alternet, HoleCity, Mental Floss, and He has been a major contributor to numerous multivolume reference works, including the St. James Enclyclopedia of Popular Culture; Fashion, Fad, and Style; and Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th Century America.

Anoosha Syed is an illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. Her other clients include Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan.

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68369-074-0
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-68369-075-7
Page Count: 208
Release Date: October 9, 2018