Book Title: Explore the World of Chemistry: The Ultimate Alphabet Book for Nanoscale Scientists! by Christi Sperber
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 26 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Nanoscale Scientists Publishing LLC
Release date: Oct 2020, 2020
Content Rating: G. This children's book is for everyone.
Explore the World of Chemistry: The Ultimate Alphabet Book for Nanoscale Scientists is the perfect way to jump-start your child's interest in chemistry with engaging images and relatable concepts. Whether recognizing and learning their letters, expanding their vocabulary, or learning important chemistry concepts, this book has them covered. It caters to children of all ages (and adults too!) with the important science information, beautiful illustrations, and a format that appeals to different learning styles (reading out loud for audible learners and colorful illustrations for visual learners) - this book is sure to engage any reader. This book contains a selection of words gathered from the following titles by Christi Sperber: The General Chemistry Alphabet Book The Organic Chemistry Alphabet Book The Inorganic Chemistry Alphabet Book, and The Biochemistry Alphabet Book
When Christi Sperber was pregnant with her first daughter, Emma, she wanted to add STEM books to Emma’s bookshelf. But the Mom who has a Master’s in Chemistry noticed that there weren’t many chemistry-related books available for babies and toddlers. The few that did exist, she noticed, weren’t factually correct. That’s when Sperber had an idea: launch her own publishing company - Nanoscale Scientists Publishing LLC – to introduce young kids to the wonderful world of science at an early age.
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How did you do research for your alphabet books?
First, I make a list of common concepts and words found in the particular science subject I am writing about, chemistry for example. I then choose which concept/word I like best for each letter of the alphabet. After, I look through my old textbooks and reputable science websites for information about that one concept - I usually read at least ten different sources for each word - and write down notes from each one which is usually 1-2 full pages of notes. I then dwindle all those notes down into a couple of sentences. It is the most time-consuming part of the writing process but I feel it is key to producing a great book.
There are many books out there about science. What makes yours different?
My books have very engaging, colorful, and fun illustrations that children love, which really draws kids in to the book. Each page has a different science concept on it which is explained in a way that children can understand and the pictures are drawn in a way to make the concept relatable to children – making hard concepts relatable to children is the hardest and most important part and I think my books achieve that. Also, some other science alphabet books I have read are factually wrong.
What advice would you give budding writers?
My first advice would be to just do it! It is a daunting task to write a whole book, but if you write bits at a time when your ideas come to you, it will not seem as intimidating. Second advice would be to make sure you write about what you love and interests you. Your passion will come through in your writing and your readers will be able to sense it. Third, make sure to do your research when writing your books. My main pet peeve is reading a book that presents certain facts that are not true, a lack of research is evident to parents. Lastly, writing is the “easy” part, everything that comes afterwards (marketing, promotion, selling, etc.) is a lot harder and very time consuming.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
My main profession is being a stay-at-home mom and I love every second of it. Although it is not a paid profession, it is still a full-time job. As a Masters’ student, I taught undergraduate level chemistry labs and I love teaching. Once my daughters are old enough to go to school, I will hopefully go back to teaching, but for the moment I have the best job in the world.
What is your next project?
I have no idea yet. I have so many ideas and projects going on at the moment, each with little tidbits completed. Right now I am currently working on close to 10 projects and I think of new ones every day. These projects include books, activity books, coloring pages, and educational resources to name a few.
Do you write every day? What is your writing schedule?
I do not write every day, but I do work on different projects each day. The only time I have to work on books or other projects is after my daughters go to bed so my “workday” is from 10 pm- 1 am. I do a lot of research for each book I write, so most of the time I am doing research instead of writing the actual book.
Is there one thing you want your readers to remember about you, what would it be?
I would want my readers to remember me as the author who encouraged them to learn more about science – whether an adult or child. They are reading my book to read things that they usually do not read about and if they happen to find that they like what they are reading, I achieved my main goal – to spark an interest in science.
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