They Did it First: 50 Scientists, Artists and Mathematicians who Changed the World,’ by Julie Leung, illustrated by Caitlin Kuhwald.

This next collection of biographies features fifty individuals who weren’t afraid to break boundaries, take risks and dream big.


This book is beautifully illustrated and features a fantastic mix of people – well-known and not so well-known. It has entries for inventors, scientists, artists, sports people, writers, film makers and actors, amongst others.


I was fascinated to learn about Mary Kenneth Keller, nun and first woman in the USA to earn a PhD in computer science, or how about Johanna Lucht – the first deaf engineer in an active crewed mission control role at NASA?


Perfect for dipping in and out of, at home or at school, I would say this book is accessible for readers aged 8+. If any budding illustrators are reading this, you might be interested in the illustrator’s notes at the end of the book about the processes involved in illustrating this title.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Macmillan for sending me this title to review*



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