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FOSS Newsletter Staff
October 23, 2018 | Uncategorized

Cover to The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and its Ecosystems

Written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky
Ten Speed Press
New York, NY, 2018.
ISBN (hard cover): 978—0-399-58041-3
Grades 5 and up
FOSS Living Systems, Weather and Water, Diversity of Life, Earth History, Populations and Ecosystems, Heredity and Adaptation, and Teacher Resource

In her wonderful new book, Rachel Ignotofsky takes us on a trip through Earth’s ecosystems. Each page covered in rich illustrations, Ignotofsky walks readers through detailed descriptions of each continent before exploring aquatic ecosystems, cycles in nature, and human impacts on Earth, including climate change and a quick two-page spread to help readers feel empowered to help protect the planet. She begins the book introducing such areas as biome maps, the classification of living things, ecosystems, and more. A full glossary and the author’s sources are included at the end. The text is engaging in and of itself, but each page has many, many rich illustrations coupled with captions and descriptions that add additional layers to the facts presented; the level of detail is such that readers will find new things to examine each time they look through this book. While the content is solidly presented for a middle-grade (and up) audience, all readers, including younger readers (and even non-readers), will find plenty to be enamored with in the illustrations alone.

Cover to Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Written and illustrated by Rachel Ignotofsky Ten Speed Press
New York, NY, 2016.
ISBN (hard cover): 978-1-60774-976-9
Grades 5 and up
All FOSS Modules and Courses at these grades, and Teacher Resource

In this 2016 release from Rachel Ignotofsky, 50 fearless women pioneers in science are detailed in two-page spreads. Each spread includes some of Ignotofsky’s fantastically detailed illustrations, as well as a page detailing highlights from each woman’s career. Ignotofsky has clearly made a point to not simply tread the beaten path (as lightly treaded as it may be when it comes to representations of women in science), but to include a broad swath of true pioneers who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Younger readers will enjoy the fantastic illustrations, but you may want to review for content, as this is solidly a middle-grade (and up) book. The book also includes details and illustrations on relevant topics, such as the rates of women currently working in STEM, lab equipment, and an illustrated glossary.

Cover to Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World

By Rachel Swaby
Broadway Books
New York, NY, 2015.
ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-553-44679-1
Grades 6 and up
All FOSS Modules and Courses at these grades and Teacher Resource

A fine addition to any library, particularly as a teacher resource and for advanced readers, Rachel Swaby packs a tremendous amount of information on each of these 52 women into a relatively short space (272 pages). Swaby has divided the book into sections on Medicine, Biology and the Environment, Genetics and Development, Physics, Earth and Stars, Math and Technology, and Invention. Whether you and your students use this book to extend your FOSS Investigations, as a general resource in the classroom, or just read it cover to cover, this is another fantastic book to help both encourage young women to explore science and to simply normalize women’s place in science both historically and in the present day.