Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World, by Elizabeth Rusch; illus. by Oliver Dominguez. This narrative biography explores the intense rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison while examining and explaining the science behind Tesla’s many accomplishments using electricity. This book will inspire young scientists everywhere!
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein, by Jennifer Berne; illus. by Vladimir Radunsky. Young readers are invited to travel along with Einstein on a journey full of curiosity, laughter, and scientific discovery. A moving story of the powerful difference imagination can make in any life – with the added benefit of very clear descriptions of difficult scientific topics.
Noah Webster and His Words, by Jeri Chase Ferris; illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch. Noah Webster was born and grew up in what is now West Hartford, Connecticut, where his house still resides. This clever, hilariously illustrated biography follows Webster’s path from boyhood through his many accomplishments, all the while ensuring that he remains a very relatable character.
The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, by Catherine Reef. This is a brief, extremely readable introduction to the short, tragic lives of the three talented Bronte sisters, who produced literary masterpieces despite the Victorian belief that writing was not a “proper” endeavor for women.