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.
OMG. I just got my copy of “Pat Schrödinger’s Kitty” by Tiffany Ard. I only found out about this kid’s science book because the author (at least, I think it was the author) linked to a posting of mine from her “electric boogaloo” blog (in a post about April Fools). And from there I read about how she was invited to Scifoo this year (Damn her — why can’t I get invited again) and how it was a really good day because someone wrote a post about her kids science book. So, since I am a total geek and love reading sciency things to my kids I took a look. And it looked pretty good so I ordered one for me and one to give to my geeky brother.
And I just got it today. And I must say, it is f*$# brilliant. It is a spoof on Pat The Bunny (which I had to read over and over to kid #1 and #2) wherein the same general things that happen in Pat the Bunny are replaced by Schrödinger kind of things (e.g., “Paul can interact with billions of neutrinos”). This means a lot to me since as a small child my grandfather, a physicist, used to tell me about relativity and Einstein thought experiments. So I encourage all to get this book, even if you do not have little kids. It is worth a serious giggle for anyone. Still haven’t read it to the kids – had to post about it 20 minutes after opening the mail.
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