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Marie Curie for Kids

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For Women’s History Month we have an amazing new middle grade book, Marie Curie for Kids: Her Life and Scientific Discoveries, with 21 Activities and Experiments by Amy M. O’Quinn.

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Right up front I have to say that I love Chicago Review Press books. They combine two of my favorite elements:  an in-depth biography and hands-on activities to reinforce learning. Those are a powerful combination on their own. Add that the title is about an outstanding woman scientist, and it is a must have.

Marie Curie was indeed a groundbreaking scientist. Some of her accomplishments include:

  • Studied radioactivity (she coined the term)
  • First woman to win a Nobel Prize
  • First person to win two Nobel Prizes
  • Only person to win Novel Prizes in two fields:  chemistry and physics

Author Amy M. O’Quinn delves deeply into Marie Curie’s life using many primary-source materials. I have read other biographies of Marie Curie, but this one has details I had not seen before. The author’s passion for her topic comes through clearly in her writing.

The 21 hands-on activities range from learning about Poland (Marie Curie’s birthplace) to chemistry and physics experiments, such as:

  • Build an atomic model
  • Make a compass with magnets
  • Explore Charles’s Law using soap clouds

Although Marie Curie for Kids is written for middle grade children, it has the depth to make it a wonderful resource for educators as well. Pick up a copy for Women’s History Month, STEM Friday, or just for fun and inspire a young reader today!

Find out more and see some related resources at Growing With Science blog.

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Trained as a scientist, I blog about science and nature at Growing With Science, and about children's books at Wrapped in Foil.

2 thoughts on “Marie Curie for Kids

  1. Hi Roberta. Thank you for such a great review of my book. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, but I’m also thrilled you think it’s a good resource for educators. That was a major goal during the writing stage! And I agree with you that CRP books are wonderful. I have used the ‘For Kids’ series with my own children for years. Thanks also for adding Marie Curie for Kids to the list of books about women scientists on the Science Books for Kids website and on the Growing with Science Blog–much appreciated! 🙂