About one year ago we (my partner and I) started buying coloring books for our daughter. We bought coloring books on animals and on dinos, but nothing on science. We looked for science-themed coloring books, but didn’t find any.
As an educator, I strongly believe that children can understand everything, if explained with the proper language and level of complexity.
And so I started producing a science-themed coloring book!
People who know me, know that I am totally unable to draw and also writing is not really one of my best characteristics.
Thanks to this science communication blog, I discovered something new about myself. I discovered that I actually like to write (I talked about this awareness here). That is why I decided to write a short description of each drawing besides it. As many of you already know, my partner and I are trying to raise a multilingual child (read here to know more), that is why I decided to explain the drawings in three languages: Italian, German and English.
With regards to the drawings I didn’t have special softwares to obtain clean and detailed figures, so I decided to draw simple, but accurate animals, processes, instrumentation, physical objects and chemical characteristics.
I also used an inclusive language: as opposed to English, Italian and German are two gendered languages. I carefully selected non-gendered words to describe scientists and scientific jobs.
Because science is for everyone!
And last week I finally published my first children’s coloring book!
“Colora la scienza (draw science – Wissenschaft färben)” is a book dedicated to all children who are passionate about science.
The book consists of 28 scientific-themed drawings starting from the microscope, passing through fossils and the coral reef, and up to the periodic table and volcanoes.
Each drawing is accompanied by an explanation in Italian, German and English to encourage multilingualism and school inclusion.
You can buy it on Amazon!