Popular children’s science educator Dr. Stephanie Ryan’s book, Let’s Learn About Chemistry, aimed at children zero to seven, was selected as a finalist in the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards in two categories, Picture Books and Preschool and Children’s Nonfiction. The board book is full of colorful images for the youngest science learners and more complex descriptions for older children. There are no wrong answers in the book, as long as the child offers a reason why.
The book uses a natural skill that small children already apply to the world, comparing and contrasting. They play a game where they find which of the four pictures is not like the others and explain why they think that. The illustrations have multiple layers in that children could say, “This is the only green one,” or, “You can’t eat these!” As long as they provide evidence and compare, they are doing it correctly and can have fun while learning about science.
Author Stephanie Ryan said, “Showing kids that science is all around us and that even their toys are related to chemistry helps stage it as a part of their world early.”
A spokesperson for the National Indie Excellence Awards says, “The National Indie Excellence Awards celebrate independent publishing as a strong and vital sector of our industry. Recognizing excellence in all aspects of the final presentation, NIEA champions self-publishers and the independent presses who produce the highest quality books across a spectrum of metrics. NIEA’s entrants are meticulously judged by experts from various facets of the book industry profession, including publishers, editors, authors, and designers. [Ryan’s] book embodies the standards of excellence that this award was created to celebrate.”
Ryan said, “It is an honor to be a finalist in any one of their categories, and I’m thrilled that the judges felt my book represented indie excellence in two categories! I knew my book was special because my readers have sent me stories about their kids reading it. The icing on the cake is having the National Indie Excellence Awards recognize it as a finalist for Children’s Nonfiction and Picture Books: Preschool.”
The book is only $0.99 as an eBook for Kindle and iPad. You can also purchase a hard copy of the book through the distributor Itasca Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores.
Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content.
Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play. She can be found helping young kids explore the fascinating world around them.
Over the years, Dr. Stephanie has taught science to all age groups, both in and out of the classroom, helping toddlers learn about their world and college students define theirs. She is an active member of the chemistry education community and is currently a committee member of the International Activities Committee for the Division of Chemical Education.
Dr. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences and her M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College.
For great learning activities in the sciences, book recommendations, and more, follow Dr. Stephanie on Instagram at @letslearnaboutscience