Children’s Book "Scientists Get Dressed" Explores What Scientists Wear to Make New Discoveries, Save Lives, and Save Our Planet


Children’s Book "Scientists Get Dressed" Explores What Scientists Wear to Make New Discoveries, Save Lives, and Save Our Planet

2019 winner of the national DeBary Award for Outstanding Science Books for Children from the American Phytopathological Society, Scientists Get Dressed zooms in on why scientists wear such different clothing to perform a spacewalk or swim with whale sharks, to test snow and ice on a frozen glacier or collect hot lava from a burning volcano, to rescue a wild Bald Eagle or operate on a human brain. Through stunning and engaging “you are there” photos paired with fun-fact filled text, young readers meet real scientists and discover the challenges of what these scientists do, how they do it and why it matters.

“Kids of all ages love to role play by dressing up,” says Rose, an award-winning children’s author and STEM writer. “Through the unique lens of what scientists wear, including many photos never published before, Scientists Get Dressed can inspire and encourage kids to explore STEM in new ways, and to imagine themselves getting dressed for exciting, important work.”

Scientists Get Dressed spotlights a diversity of scientists dressed for their jobs from research lab to rocky desert, from sunlit forest canopy to dark bat caves, from buzzing beehives to beyond Earth’s atmosphere. A marine biologist in snorkel, mask and swim fins dives beneath the waves to satellite tag a massive, endangered whale shark, in one of the book’s six expanded spreads and an educational poster on the book jacket’s reverse side. “While the scientists in the book include pioneers in their fields and environmental heroes, Scientists Get Dressed captures the important fact that scientists work everywhere, and are everyday people children might encounter,” says Christine Royce, author of the Teaching Through Trade Books column in the National Science Teachers Association journal Science and Children.

The book also includes information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about how kids can get involved in citizen science projects. A Scientists Get Dressed Glove Challenge STEM activity for all ages, created in connection with the book, can be found on author Deborah Lee Rose’s website


About author Deborah Lee Rose: Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, multiple award-winning author of bestselling and beloved children's books including Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed  Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle. Coauthored with raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp and published by Persnickety Press/WunderMill Books, Beauty and the Beak won the Bank Street College Cook Prize for Best STEM Picture Book, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, and the Eureka! Gold Award for Nonfiction from the California Reading Association. ALA Booklist says about Beauty and the Beak, "...the science and technology included in this book are supremely interesting...the compassion and dedication of the people who put it to use to save this wonderful bird are the best part of the story.” 

Her books also include Into the A, B, Sea which has sold a quarter million copies, Jimmy the JoeyThe Twelve Days of Kindergarten and The Twelve Days of Winter. Rose helped create and directed communications for the nationally honored, NSF-funded STEM education website, and was senior science writer for UC Berkeley’s renowned Lawrence Hall of Science. She graduated from Cornell University and lives in the Washington, DC area. 

About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: 
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. The Lab’s hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. 

About Persnickety Press/WunderMill Books: 
Persnickety Press is an imprint of WunderMill, Inc., created to show young people that what they do matters, what they care about is worthy, and even now, as children, they can make a real difference.