Volume 2 2013

Wisconsin's Water Library

Reading to Inspire Future Marine Scientists

Children of all ages often see themselves growing up to be whale scientists or dolphin caretakers. But the marine sciences include so many diverse fields—from biology to ocean engineering to environmental education. The Water Library has created a list of children’s and young adult books that illustrate the different careers and just might inspire the next Jacques (or Céline) Cousteau.

Environmental Pioneers
by Patricia Byrnes. Minneapolis: Oliver Press, 1998.
This book profiles people who have been influential in the envi- ronmental movement—John Muir, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, Rosalie Edge, Aldo Leopold, Olaus and Margaret Murie, Rachel Carson, David Brower and Gaylord Nelson.

Forecast Earth: The Story of Climate Scientist Inez Fung
by Renee Skelton. New York: Franklin Watts, Scholastic, 2005.
This book, part of the “Women’s Adventures in Science” series, is the story of a scientist and her science, drawing on firsthand accounts from Inez Fung and her friends, family and colleagues. It tells how a quiet girl from Hong Kong grew up to become one of the world’s most respected climate scientists.

The Frog Scientist
by Pamela S. Turner. Boston: Houghton Mifflin books for Children, 2009.
Tyrone Hayes works to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, us.

Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau
by Jennifer Berne. illustrated by Eric Puybaret. San Francisco: Chronicle books, 2008.
Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this lovely biography, poetic text and gorgeous paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

If you wish to see more books on this topic, visit our recommended reading list at go.wisc.edu/dd81x2.

Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email askwater@aqua.wisc.edu.











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