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5 Living Books About People Who Contributed to Progress


Your children will be inspired by the ideas in these books:


Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe


From Bookdepository: Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world's first geneticist, Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process. Living the slow-paced, contemplative life of a friar, Gregor Mendel was able to conceive and put into practice his great experiment-observing yellow peas, green peas, smooth peas, and wrinkled peas to craft his theory-years before scientists had any notion of genes.


Wright Brothers: Pioneers of American Aviation Paperback by Quentin Reynolds


From Amazon: Young Orville and Wilbur Wright loved building things. From the fastest sled in town to the highest-flying kite, the Wright brothers creations were always a step ahead of everyone else s. They grew up learning all about mechanics from fixing bicycles and studied math and physics. On December 17, 1903, Orville took off in the world s first flying machine!


Helen Keller's Teacher by Margaret Davidson


From Goodreads: The true story of the dedicated woman, Anne Sullivan Macy (April 14, 1866 – October 20, 1936), originally from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, who became Helen Keller's inspirational teacher and lifelong friend.


She Lived for Science: Irène Joliot-Curie by Robin McKown


From Google Books: Story of Irene Joliot-Curie and her contribution to science, her marriage to Frederic Joliot, and their work together to discover artificial radioactivity.


Albert Einstein and the theory of relativity by Robert Cwiklik


From Amazon: Einstein's astonishing theory of relativity transformed every aspect of physics-from the study of atoms to the study of stars. Relativity is described here in simple, accurate language that young readers can comprehend.





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