Author: Andrea Beaty

Illustrator: David Roberts

Inquisitive. Curious. Explorer. All of these words, plus more, describe Ada Marie, the main character in Ada Twist Scientist. Although Ada did not talk until she was three, her first word was “why”. From that point on her curiosity and questions for the world did not stop. Her curiosity does get her into some funny situations, and she often asks funny questions, like “Why are there hairs growing inside your nose?” While the adults in her life are perplexed by her inquisitive nature, they do embrace her curious questions by the end of the book. Ada Twist Scientist, encourages children to be curious and to seek out questions in the world. It also speaks to supportive adults in the lives of curious children through advocating for fostering curiosity rather than punishing curiosity, even if the science experiments can get a little messy.

Ada Twist Scientist, not only encourages both children and adults to embrace a sense of curiosity for the world, but the pictures also tell a story of representation. The pictures show a Black girl being interested in, and following her passion for, science. Knowing the research behind who often seeks out science occupations, which is white males, this book shows that everyone belongs in all parts of the science field. A little curiosity and encouragement can go a long way. This is a book that is great for representation, something that all children need to see in their libraries (home and school).

Reviewed By: Anni Reinking