Perfect Picture Book Friday: MARIE CURIE and the Power of Persistence PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends.

I love when new books come out and I know the author and/or illustrator. And it’s especially cool when I’ve actually met them…in person! These days, with social distancing, that isn’t happening very often. But luckily, a few months ago, I happened to be in the Chicago area and was able to have lunch with the wonderful author of today’s featured book. We even spent a few minutes at one of the local bookstores in Evanston, Bookends and Beginnings. And because Karla is such a sweetheart, she is offering a copy of this brand-new only-out-in-the-world-for-a-week book as a giveaway!


Written by Karla Valenti

With Micaela Crespo Quesada, PhD

Illustrated by Annalisa Beghelli

Published by Sourcebooks (April 7, 2020)

Ages: 4-8+

Themes: Inventors, STEM, persistence

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Meet Marie Curie. Famous physicist, chemist, and… superhero?

What if superheroes didn’t have supernatural powers but instead were humans with amazing brain power? What if superheroes were scientists?

Super Evil Nemesis is determined to stop Marie Curie and the spread of knowledge. When he sends one of his craftiest minions on a mission to try all the tricks he knows, Marie Curie must use her brains and will to fight against all the obstacles that come her way. But is it enough?

Can she prevent Super Evil Nemesis from taking over the world? Does she have the power to become one of the most influential scientists in history? Only time will tell…

This first book in the My Super Science Heroes series uses a fictionalized storytelling approach to teach readers about Curie’s amazing achievements, and is sure to empower them to become superheroes themselves!

Includes a scientific glossary and detailed information on Marie Curie’s scientific accomplishments.

Published in partnership with the Marie Curie Alumni Association, a nonprofit dedicated to promote research and curiosity and to enhance research and professional collaboration.

Why I love this book:

  • Awesome illustrations – you can tell from the cover, right?
  • Fabulous text that will have kids eager to turn the pages to read more.
  • I love pb biographies…and this is such a clever concept!



Nobel peace prize awardPhoto courtesy:

For detailed instructions:

Make sure you check out the author’s website where there are MARIE CURIE-related activities: including an awesome FREE 40-page experiment guide created by the Marie Curie Alumni Association.

And as an added incentive to purchase a copy of this wonderful book, please remember that a portion of all sales go to support the Marie Curie Alumni Association research initiatives.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of MARIE CURIE AND THE POWER OF PERSISTANCE. Maybe you can tell us what you would do to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

And also, please remember that the best way to thank our favorite authors and illustrators is to:

  • Buy their books
  • Review their books
  • Tell friends about their books
  • Share the word on social media

For more picture book reviews and awesome activities, please visit Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please stay safe and be well.

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