The Baby Loves Science series is my second book review so far, and I must say, I’m setting the bar pretty high! Our last review was on Animals Under the Bed, by Meg Smiley. If you missed that one, check it out here!
These books are so fun, lighthearted, and best of all, educational! My son has asked me to read them over and over again since we received them. It makes me giddy hearing him recite things from the book and repeat words like ‘molecule’, ‘neutron’, and ‘quark’.
Truth be told, I had no clue what a quark was until I got these books! I feel smarter already and these books were written for babies!! That may say something about my intelligence, or just how great these books are.
I really think these books should be available in schools…not just preschools but elementary, middle, and heck…even high schools! Sometimes you really just need something broken down into the simplest form before you can truly start to understand it. It might be a fun companion for science class! Once I’m done having children I’ll definitely be handing these over to my sister, who will be an elementary teacher by then!
I was honored to have the chance to interview Ruth and Irene for this post, so check out their answers about life as an author and illustrator!
An interview with Ruth Spiro:
An Interview with Irene Chan:
When did you start illustrating?
Growing up I was really into visual storytelling and Japanese comics. I spent most of my middle / high school creating and illustrating my own stories and perfecting my abilities to draw characters, environment and other things. I put it all aside when I went to college to pursue a career in graphic design. It was until a few years ago when my son was born that I rekindled my love for illustrating and visual storytelling, and pursue it professionally.
What is your favorite form/method of illustration? (I.e. paint, pastels, graphic design, etc)
As of now my favorite medium is watercolor. I love painting and working away from my computer, and I love how the illustrations end up to be so authentic, organic, and handmade.
What/who inspires you?
Everything! It can be fine art from a museum, or a performance, or a trip to the bookstore and seeing what’s out there, or going shopping and seeing different designs on greeting cards, games, stationery, furniture, store displays; or the fresh air, trees and sunlight in a park. On top of that, my kindergartner son, his interests, his artwork, and everything he does inspires me to no end.
My favorite fine artists are Picasso, Vemeer, Marc Chagall, EgonSchiele, Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Dali, just to name the few that is on top of my head.
Do you have illustrations in any other publications, or is this your first?
The Baby Loves Science series are indeed my first books, but before that, I started my illustrating career with illustrating for wall art / home decor, greeting cards, stationery, fabric, puzzles and games for a wide variety of clients.
What do you love about the Baby Loves Science books?
I love how this series is such a pioneer concept compared to all the baby books out there. We were indeed the firsts to introduce very young readers to complex scientific concepts in very very simple ways. I also love how each book gets a different character. As I was creating them I can almost feel they adopt their very own little personalities! For instance, I can see the Aerospace girl being very adventurous, curious and brainy, while the quantum physics girl is sweet and imaginative. The little boy in the upcoming “Baby Loves Gravity!” book is definitely a fearless menace – the type that parents always have to keep an eye out for, haha!
Where do you get your best work done?
I am not sure if I could answer that because I can’t even point out what is my “best work” (!), but I can say I really enjoy working in the park (or outdoors) in beautiful weather. I would bring all my gear drawing and painting while my son is playing. I’m not sure what I’d do when he grows up!
What was your dream job as a child?
When I was 5 or 6, my dad would pick me up from school every day, and we would drive by this street with a ton of fashion boutiques every day. So my very first dream job was to become a fashion designer. Then there was a brief period of my life my dream job was to move to Japan and become a comic book artist/illustrator.
Huge thanks to Ruth and Irene for taking the time to answer some questions for me! I don’t know about you guys, but I really enjoyed reading their answers! I am completely fascinated by these books and can’t wait to see the new ones that come out this year!
Leopold loves playing with his beads and beakers, so this photo shoot was really fun to do. The sweet marketing director at Edventure Children’s Museum really helped me out by helping me find a good place to photograph! These shots were taken in the vet’s office section of the museum. They even helped to section the area off so people wouldn’t come in and distract my little scientist!
I’m so excited to share these awesome books with you guys! Charlesbridge Publishing has agreed to give an entire set of these books (that’s 4) to one lucky winner! Enter the giveaway below and good luck!! If you absolutely can’t wait, or if you missed out on the giveaway, here are a few ways you can snag your own copies!