Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara describes herself as an “author, writer and creative director with a really long name”.
Her idea Little People, BIG DREAMS – which later turned into a book series and highlights stars, scientists and artists – hopes to give children the strength and the courage to believe in themselves and dream big.
The latest in the series is on Mary Anning, the English fossil hunter whose findings contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life.
To mark the release, Vegara gives us her top five books about female scientists.
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Work It, Girl: Blast Off Into Space Like Mae Jemison by Caroline Moss, illustrated by Sinem Erkas
Her mum always said, “everything is connected to science”, and soon Mae Jemison went from a little girl watching the Apollo moon landings to becoming the first African-American woman in space.