A few days ago I wrote about how I wanted to share some information about what I have found to be good childrens’ science books (based on reading books to my kids). Well, here is another one: It’s Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy and Josh Holinaty.
I first became aware of Jennifer Gardy’s talents in making catchy microbe-themed kids material when she released the Youtube video “The A-Z of Epidemiology: germs from Anthrax to Zoonoses. A disturbing bedtime book for kids.” which is simply awesome. (Note – great animation by Tom Scott):
I watched this video many many many times with my kids – always resulting in painful laughter and entertainment.
I should note that I am collaborating with Jennifer on at least one project (The Kitten Microbiome) and think she is a brilliant scientist and science communicator. But once I saw her “It’s Catching” I realized she really could have a full career as a children’s science book and video maker. It’s Catching is both entertaining (like the video) but also educational with information on the history of microbiology and how microbes are studied. Definitely a good one if you are looking for fun and funny science and/or microbiology themed books for kids.