"A fascinating introduction to Mary Anning whose remarkable discoveries of fossils helped to open eyes up to the field of paleontology." - Kaitlyn, Read Between The Lynes staffer— From Kaitlyn's Favorites
A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Mary Anning that will enlighten children about the discovery of the dinosaurs and the importance of female scientists, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
Mary Anning loved scouring the beach near her home in England for shells and fossils. She fearlessly climbed over crumbling cliffs and rocky peaks, searching for new specimens. One day, something caught Mary's eye.
Bones. Dinosaur Bones.
Mary's discoveries rocked the world of science and helped create a brand-new field of study: paleontology. But many people believed women couldn't be scientists, so Mary wasn't given the credit she deserved. Nevertheless, Mary kept looking and learning more, making discoveries that reshaped scientific beliefs about the natural world.
Educational backmatter includes a timeline of Mary Anning's life and lots of fantastic fossil facts!
The perfect choice for parents and teachers looking for:
- Dinosaur books for kids 5-7 and kids books about fossils
- Feminist picture books about historical women, and daring books for girls
- Kids STEM books
About the Author
Linda Skeers is the author of several critically acclaimed children's books. She also teaches picture book writing workshops, including sessions on writing humor for kids. She lives in Iowa. Visit her at www.lindaskeers.com.
Marta Álvarez Miguéns is a self-taught children's illustrator. She was born in a small town in Galicia, Spain, and currently lives in La Coruña, Spain. She is the illustrator of Shark Lady (written by Jess Keating), which was named a 2018 Best STEM Book by the Children's Book Council as well as a Best STEM Book by the National Science Teachers Association.
"[The] illustrated timeline that references scenes in the text is an effective recap. Fossil facts and an author's note are also included." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sure to elicit excitement and curiosity. A sturdy portrayal of Victorian scientist Mary Anning that showcases her accomplishments, intelligence, and perseverance. " — Kirkus Reviews
"A 2020 A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year" — A Mighty Girl
"This enjoyable introduction to a pioneering paleontologist should intrigue and inspire young readers." — School Library Journal
"Perfect in every way, this appealing biography recounts Mary Anning's beach discoveries of the first dinosaur bones ... Pretty illustrations and fantastic writing with impressive sentence variety." — Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup
"This appealing picture book celebrates Anning's significant contributions to paleontology." — Booklist
"[A] delightful illustrated biography ... Uncover fossils and never-before-seen skeletons with Mary as she ventures through rough terrain, weather, and the Geological Society's antiquated notions of gender equality, all while looking lovely in Austen era gowns and bonnets." — Foreword
"Both the large, clear text and the simple yet effective double-page illustrations make this title perfect for even the youngest scientists, adventurers, and dinosaur-lovers" — School Library Connection