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Scientists Get Dressed

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From space to the ocean, scientists’ work – and even their lives – can depend on what they wear whether it’s a spacesuit, lab coat, polar parka, waterproof waders, hard hat, rip-proof gloves, swim fins or camouflage. Deborah Lee Rose explores how scientists suit up, gown up, gear up and dress up in costume to make new discoveries, save lives and save our planet. 

Scientists Get Dressed zooms in on why scientists wear such different clothing to perform a spacewalk or swim with whale sharks, test snow and ice on a frozen glacier or collect hot lava from a burning volcano, rescue a wild Bald Eagle or operate on a human brain. Through stunning and engaging “you are there” photos paired with fun-fact filled text, young readers meet real scientists and discover the challenges of what these scientists do, how they do it and why it matters.

“Kids of all ages love to role play by dressing up,” says Rose. “Through the unique lens of what scientists wear, including many photos never published before, Scientists Get Dressed can inspire and encourage kids to explore STEM in new ways, and to imagine themselves getting dressed for exciting, important work.” 

Scientists Get Dressed spotlights a diversity of scientists dressed for their jobs from research lab to rocky desert, sunlit forest canopy to dark bat caves, buzzing beehives to beyond Earth’s atmosphere. A marine biologist in snorkel, mask and swim fins dives beneath the waves to satellite tag a massive, endangered whale shark, in one of the book’s expanded spreads and an educational poster on the jacket’s reverse side.

The book includes information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about how kids can get involved in citizen science projects. The Scientists’ Glove Challenge STEM activity in the book uses easy to obtain, inexpensive materials, to help learners experience hands-on (and gloves-on) how important scientists’ clothing and tools are to their work. 


and imagine getting dressed for exciting, important SCIENTIFIC work


THIS FREE POSTER ON BOOK JACKET REVERSE SIDE [Photo (c) Andy Murch, used by special permission]

NGSS: Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods; Science is a Human Endeavor; Science Knowledge Is Based on Empirical Evidence; Science is a Way of Knowing

School Library Journal: “Librarians should budget to get this title. An excellent resource to introduce STEM careers and teach curious minds about scientists.”

Kirkus: “Rose puts an unusually diverse gallery of researchers on the figurative runway…an eye-opening catalog of stem wear.”

School Library Connection: “…the unique focus of this title offers a whole new look and perspective for the genre. It will help both youngsters and adults broaden their views about the scientific profession and the people who work within this field.”

“While the scientists in the book include pioneers in their fields and environmental heroes, Scientists Get Dressed captures the important fact that scientists work everywhere, and are everyday people children might encounter.”—Christine Royce, author of “Teaching Through Trade Books” column, NSTA Science and Children journal

“Author’s Eureka Moment”

Freshwater chemist Lucy Rose’s frozen waders—and her field work in an icy stream—helped inspire her aunt’s newest STEM book. Photo (c) Lucy Rose from Scientists Get Dressed

Lucy Rose frozen waders standing up