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Marine Biology - Cool Women Who Dive
Karen Bush Gibson
Paperback / softback
Nomad Press
UK Publication Date

Why is Earth called the Blue Planet? Because there's so much water on the surface that the planet looks blue from outer space!

Marine biology is the study of the plant and animal life in salt water environments, from microscopic plankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale. In Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive readers ages 9 to 12 explore the careers of three women who work within the science of marine biology?Natalie Arnoldi, Ashanti Johnson, and Lauren Mullineaux.

Nomad Press books in the Girls in Science series supply a bridge between girls' interests and their potential futures by investigating science careers and introducing women who have succeeded in science. Compelling stories of real-life scientists provide readers with role models that they can look toward for examples of success.

Marine Biology uses engaging content, links to primary sources, and essential questions to whet kids' appetites for further exploration and study. This book explores the history of marine biology, the women who made key discoveries, and the multitude of varied careers in this exciting and important field. Marine Biology encourages both boys and girls to envision what lies beneath the miles of water that make up our planet.

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Karen Bush Gibson is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. One of her books about women aviators was named a 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the NCSS and a selection in Air & Space/Smithsonian?s Best Children's Books of 2013 roundup of aviation and space-themed books. Karen lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

Lena H. Chandhok earned her degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011. Her work for Nomad Press includes illustrating Technology: Cool Women Who Design and Astronomy: Cool Women in Space. Lena currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise for Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive

Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson, College of Arts & Sciences, Distinguished Professor
School of the Earth, Ocean, & Environment
"This is a wonderful book for those of you who have girls (or any child) interested in marine science.
Not only does it talk about the research each of these amazing women conduct, but their very different paths of how they achieved their goals."

Praise for other books in the series:
Astronomy: Cool Women in Space
School Library Connection
". . . A treasure trove of discovery, this interactive series promises to influence the next generation of female science stars. Highly Recommended"

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"Looking for a book to use in reading circles that ties together literacy and science standards? This is the book that will fit the bill perfectly. . ."

Publisher's Weekly
Featured title in Tracking Trends in the Educational Space

"The women featured in this series share more than a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. Starting at a young age all were discouraged from pursuing paths in STEM fields. These books seek to rectify this oversight by encouraging today's girls to consider special topics in science and technology. A worthwhile addition to STEM collections."

Technology: Cool Women Who Code
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
"Looking at the advances in technology and the contributions of women fills a hole in many classroom and school libraries searching for more nonfiction describing contributions of women and minorities to STEM. . ."

This nonfiction text is another of the Girls in Science series; other include topics on forensics, aviation, engineering, and more. The information is laid out in a readable format and includes photographs, illustrations, call out boxes, and more. The "How to Use This Book" section at the beginning is especially helpful in explaining the different aspects introduced in this text. The "Ask and Answer" questions would help facilitate group or classroom discussions; they propose thought provoking questions without outright answering them for their readers. Many of the discussion points also offer extended interactions, such as QR codes to allow readers to further explore marine biology. While at first it seemed limiting, the author rightfully decided to include a QR Code Glossary at the end allowing non-smart phone users to look up each link online. Recommended for elementary and middle school non-fiction science collections.

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